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Reorganization of the Senior Program

The Ashland Senior Program, a division of Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission (APRC), was reorganized in late 2017/early 2018 in an effort to better serve those who are 55 and older in Ashland, and to research ways to increase revenue and assure the Program’s resiliency for years to come. 

At the time of the reorganization, the main functions of the current Senior Program included:

1. Food & Friends Lunch Program – a congregate meal program each weekday at the Center run by the Rogue Valley Council of Governments. The program is for ages 60 and up, with a suggested donation of $2.75 per meal; for those under age 60, the cost is $6.75 per meal. 
2. Various drop-in offerings, such as Mah Jongg, Cribbage, Tai Chi, senior yoga and weekly movies.
3. Energy Assistance Programs – Ashland Low Income Energy Assistance Program (ALIEAP), HEAT and senior discounts on utilities.
The reorganization of the Ashland Senior Program began on October 1, 2017. The focus was on expanding and enhancing the Program for Ashland’s 55+ population, given current resources. The Senior Program operations and staffing were reduced, but core services were not affected. All functions of the Program remained at the Ashland Senior Center. The Food & Friends Lunch Program continued as usual (Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.), as well as any Rec programs scheduled and published in the APRC Community PlayGuide, provided instructors were available.
Social services programs, such as ALIEAP, bus passes and HEAT, continued through a combination of efforts from City of Ashland staff and APRC staff. Questions regarding social services or the Ashland Senior Program may be directed to 541.488.5340 or by email to

APRC formed an official subcommittee of the Commission. In addition, an Ad-Hoc Senior Advisory Committee (or ASPAC) was formed, comprised of program participants, related professional field experts, APRC staff and Commissioners. Both committees helped form the vision for the future of the Ashland Senior Program, and ultimately the standing Senior Program Advisory Committee (S-PAC). 

ASPAC Meetings took place at Council Chambers on the following dates: 

ASPAC Meeting - October 10, 2017; AGENDA | MINUTES | AUDIO
ASPAC Meeting - December 11, 2017; AGENDA | Standard of Excellence - Best Practices | VIDEO | MINUTES 
ASPAC Meeting - February 12, 2018; AGENDA | MEETING PACKET | VIDEO | MINUTES  
ASPAC Meeting - March 12, 2018; AGENDA | MEETING PACKET | VIDEO   

Senior Program Subcommittee Meeting - January 24, 2017; AUDIO
Senior Program Subcommittee Meeting - March 28, 2017; AUDIO
Senior Program Subcommittee Meeting - April 17, 2017; AUDIO  
Senior Program Subcommittee Meeting - May 3, 2017; AUDIO (Available upon request) 
Senior Program Subcommittee Meeting - May 17, 2017; AUDIO 
Senior Program Subcommittee Meeting - August 8, 2017; AUDIO 
Senior Program Subcommittee Meeting - August 9, 2017; AUDIO (Special Meeting)
FAQs about the reorganization of the Ashland Senior Program. 

October 4, 2017 News Release: Ashland Senior Program - Core Services Preserved
December 20, 2017 News Release: Announcing RVCOG-APRC Information & Referral Specialist
February 27, 2018 News Release: Senior Program Advisory Committee - Open Application Process 

Contact the Commission - This form provides the opportunity for citizens to submit comments to Ashland Parks & Recreation Commissioners. Your comment will become part of APRC's public record.

Back to the Senior Homepage.  

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