The Duncan Banner

April 4, 2013

Seniors connect at ASCOG event

Rebeka Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Despite the cold, wet weather, there was a steady crowd who attended the Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments (ASCOG) Senior Day.

Individuals who are 60 or older in Stephens County and surrounding counties enjoyed a day full of free goodies, information and activities Wednesday at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center. Though the inclement weather kept a few of the 19 vendors who had signed up from coming, there was still plenty for the seniors to do.

“It’s already really busy,” said Shannon Casady, with ASCOG. “It’s been steady considering the weather.”

Participants at Senior Day had a variety of booths to visit, most handing out free items and all providing some kind of pertinent information. From blood pressure and balance checks to ways to get and stay healthy, Senior Day offered it all.

“This is our first time, a friend invited us and we decided to come,” said Rebecca Rice, who was with her husband Haril. “It’s really nice because there’s so much good information and a bag of goodies.”

One of the areas that had people lining up to get to was the balance testing done by the Duncan Regional Hospital Rehabilitation Unit. With the use of a balancing machine, seniors could get a reading on how steady they are on their feet.

“I did pretty good for being 80,” said Jessie Burger, who came with the senior center from Blanchard. “It proves that doing all the walking I do every day really does help.”

Those who entered contests prior to the event competed in a spelling bee, poetry contest, photography contest and a quilt and crafts contest. Throughout the day they had opportunities to play bingo and dominoes and sign up for door prizes.

“I’ve been to this once before and I like it,” said Wilma Perry. “I like coming to visit with friends and meeting new friends.”