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    • Services offered by the Morehouse Council on Ag...
      Access Services

      • Information and Assistance: Information about available services,

      and programs.

      • Legal Assistance: Legal services, advice, ...
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      Services offered by the Morehouse Council on Aging include:
      Access Services
      • Information and Assistance: Information about available services,
      and programs.
      • Legal Assistance: Legal services, advice, and individual representation
      which includes legal hot line.
      • Outreach: Visit to predetermined areas of the parish to provide
      first time information about available services and programs.
      Caregiver Services
      • In-Home Respite: Time for the Caregiver of a homebound person
      to do errands or personal business.
      • Personal Care: Personal Care services for the home bound person
      of a caregiver while they take care of errands or personal business.
      Community Services
      • Congregate Meals: Hot meals that are low sodium, low fat served
      in a congregate setting with people of similar age.
      • Recreation: Organized recreation activities such as Senior Games,
      Arts/Crafts, Line Dancing, Trips and Topic speakers.
      • Tax Counseling: Trained AARP volunteers to prepare your annual
      tax returns to the IRS.
      • Transportation: Transportation to nutrition sites, paying bills, and
      • Wellness: Exercise programs designed to tone, strengthen muscles,
      aiding in coordination through free weights, floor exercises, aerobic
      equipment, along with Nutrition Counseling.
      In-Home Service
      • Homemaker: Someone to help keep the home hygienically clean,
      doing laundry, mopping, vacuuming and other homemaking tasks.
      • Home Delivered Meals: "Meals on Wheels" that are low in sodium,
      low fat delivered to the home.
      • Personal Emergency Response System: A telephone based system
      for emergencies in the home or in the yard through Acadian on Call.
      It comes with a remote device that can be worn at all times.
      • Telephoning: Individual calls to the client's home to provide socialization
      and human interaction.
      • Utility Assistance: Entergy's Helping Hands program for help with
      electric bills through volunteer donations and matching funds from Entergy.
  • Eating a hot meal is not the only reason seniors come to the Morehouse Council on Aging's Nutrition Center, it's just an added bonus.
    Each week day, the dining hall of MCOA is filled with senior citizens who come to visit with friends, play bingo, dominoes and card games or listen to live music.
    I have been coming everyday since 2005, unless I am sick or at the doctor," Ethel Williamson, 84, said. "I come to visit and talk to my friends."
    Williamson and her friends Emma Jane Brown, Katie Burrell and Betty Jean Terrell wear specific colors for each day of the week, wearing yellow or orange on Monday, green on Tuesday, black on Wednesday, gray on Thursday and red on Friday.
    But, Williamson is not alone in her daily attendance, most of those who come are very regular, such as Beulah Davis, a spry 92 year old who has been coming daily since 1990. Davis also takes advantage of the Senior Center, where work-out equipment is available to everyone aged 18 and above.
    "The fitness center is one of the things that we have to charge for," said Reggie DeFreese, MCOA Director. "We have tried to keep the cost at a minimum so more seniors can afford to come."
    Davis said she uses the facility three times a week and walks everyday.
    "When I come for lunch, I walk around the room five times," Davis said.
    The self proclaimed "oldest thing here," Davis usually sits and plays dominoes with friends before the daily meal.
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