Loves the Center -- From Both Sides Now

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July 16, 2018
Gladstone Senior Center Administrator Lisa Trotter, standing, goes over with a center task with volunteer Lynn Walden. Walden is also a regular participant at the center, and says she likes the camaraderie and social activities.
Lynn Walden knows the Community Action Agency Gladstone Senior Center from both sides – as a volunteer and regular participant. Either way she likes what she sees.
“The first time I walked in it was a very friendly place, very welcoming,” Walden said.
She started volunteering at the center early last year, usually on Wednesdays but also fills in on other days when needed.
“I do whatever needs to be done,” she said. Last year she volunteered more than 200 hours.
As a non-volunteer, she enjoys lunches, especially the birthday dinners, and doing art projects and watching the monthly movies.
“There’s always something going on. The food is excellent and the people are great. I’ve always liked listening to people’s stories, how couples first met. And I’ve always been an historical nut, and now I can talk to people who lived it,” Walden said.
Tuesday night bingo first got her into the center. That led to other activities, like lunch. “It was fun, so I came back. The parties here rock,” she said.
Her background is impressive. She provided private tutoring for 21 years, worked for Goodwill Industries, taught at Northern Michigan University in Marquette and was the university’s coordinator of disability services.
The center is part of CAA Senior Services, which also provides home-delivered meals, personal care and day services for people with dementia and their loved ones. The program is again asking voters on Aug. 7 to approve a 10-year property tax millage. Residents have voted to support the program for the past 30 years.
Walden said that support should continue. “You have to let people know if they pass the millage, it will help so many seniors stay in their homes. We should allow people to stay comfortable as long as possible,” Walden said.