The Ashland Senior Program, a division of Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission (APRC),
will begin a process of re-envisioning the program to better serve those 55 and older in Ashland and to ensure the program’s resilience for years to come. A new ad hoc committee, the Ashland Senior Program Advisory Committee (ASPAC), will make recommendations to the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission on a vision for the future of the Ashland Senior Program.
ASPAC is comprised of 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, will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, October 10, from 3:15-5:15 p.m. 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.
Presently, 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. 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 in depth over the course of their work. Recent improvements to the program that have been implemented include:
- Collaboration with Providence Health Services to promote and present a cost-free Fall Prevention Class on Wednesday, October 25, at The Grove.
- 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 for Monday, November 20, at 5:30 p.m. The free dinner will once again be held at the Senior Center. The Ashland Senior Center is located at 1699 Homes Ave (541.488.5342) and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.