The advisory council with the Lee-Russell Council of Governments (LRCOG) Area Agency on Aging held its quarterly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023.

Jeanna Thomas, director of Area Agency on Aging, led the meeting. New member introductions were made, and the exciting things happening at LRCOG were shared. The advisory council has senior volunteers and staff who meet quarterly to share ways that the senior adults in our community can be supported and helped. Program reports from Medicaid Waiver/ACT (Lisa Barnes), Home-Delivered Meals (Avanna Thomas), Aging and Disability Resource Center (Charlotte Bledsoe), Senior Rx Program (Fran Burke), Ombudsman Maria Davis, Elderly Nutrition Program and Senior Community Service Employment Program (Lou Ella Foxx) and Alabama Cares (Leisa Askew) were delivered through meeting agenda.   

Alabama Cares, under the direction of Leisa Askew, shared about the Memory Cafes offered to families who have loved ones with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. There have been two wonderful memory cafes held. One was held in November at the Auburn University Airport with lunch and paper airplane fun. The December memory café brought much joy and cheer as families went on a tour of the Victorian Front Porch Tour in Opelika. A cocoa bar with music, activities and delicious treats were enjoyed by all who attended. The next Memory Café will be held on Jan. 23, 2023, at Giovanna’s Pizzaria located at 1600 Broad St. in Phenix City. Please RSVP to Askew at LASKEW@LRCOG.COM or 334-528-9215. If you need transportation assistance, mention when you RSVP.

The Senior Rx Program under the direction of Fran Burke is wanting residents of the community to know that if they take a prescribed medication that they cannot afford or struggle to afford, the Lee-Russell Council of Government Senior Rx Program may be able to assist them with securing that medication at little or no cost. Pharmaceutical companies partner with LRCOG’S Senior Rx Program to provide prescription savings on certain medications. Even if a specific medication is not eligible for this type of saving, a Senior Rx coordinator will be happy to work with individuals to determine which pharmacy offers a drug at the lowest cost and if coupon savings may be available. Call LRCOG to speak with Burke about prescription savings at 334-528-9226.

Our community is very fortunate to Lee-Russell Agency on Aging to take care of senior citizens in our community. The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 11.