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Senior Program Advisory Committee holds first meeting Tuesday

The Ashland Senior Program, a division of Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission (APRC), will begin a process of re-envisioning the program to try and better serve those 55 and older in Ashland through meetings of a new ad hoc committee, the Ashland Senior Program Advisory Committee (ASPAC), which will make recommendations to the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission on a vision for the future of the Ashland Senior Program.

Serving on the ASPAC are program participants, related field experts from Ashland at Home and Rogue Valley Council of Governments, two parks commissioners and a city councilor. The committee, facilitated by Jon Lange, holds its first meeting from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at The Grove, 1195 E Main St.

ASPAC will help organize two public meetings to gather input while also meeting regularly over the course of the next three to five months.

APRC staff members Rachel Dials and Lori Ainsworth are working to preserve core services at the Ashland Senior Program, as directed by the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission, according to a release from the commission. Dials is the recreation superintendent and Ainsworth is the volunteer and events coordinator. In addition, they have two part-time staff, both with a history of working with seniors.

The ad hoc committee will review possible improvements to the program. The commission says recent improvements to the program include:

• Collaboration with Providence Health Services to promote and present a cost-free Fall Prevention Class on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at The Grove.

• A new Bridge Group every other Wednesday at the Senior Center.

• Free clinical pharmacy services twice a month, with one-on-one appointments beginning in November for reviewing medications with interested seniors. Participants will bring in their medications and the pharmacist will answer questions on common uses, side effects and drug and food interactions.

The annual Thanksgiving dinner, which is prepared, served and sponsored by the Ashland Fire Department, is scheduled 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20. The free dinner will once again be held at the Senior Center. The Ashland Senior Center at 1699 Homes Ave. is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 541-488-5342 or go to AshlandSeniorCenter.org.