We want you to know that your health, and that of our staff and volunteers, is of the utmost importance to us, and we have been taking the threat from the Coronavirus very seriously.

For some weeks now we have been working to develop plans, and train our staff and volunteers, so that we can continue to provide core services that are crucial to the health and welfare of our Seniors, in a safe manner.

Because it is now recommended that older adults avoid crowds, and stay at least 6 feet away from others when away from home, we have decided to cancel congregate meals at all our meal sites, starting tonight and for the next two weeks (March 16 – March 27). This will include the State Retirees Luncheon, General Tire Retirees’ Breakfast, St Pat’s Potato Bar, Soup to Go Lunch & Learns and Spring Luncheons.

All other Senior Center activities – all Wellness classes, Wii Bowling, Bridge and Euchre clubs, Cloggers, Grand Valley Strings Music, Knitting Group, Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Group and our Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will also be cancelled during this time (starting this evening and for the next two weeks, March 16-March 27).

In doing this, we are taking responsibility to help limit the spread of this disease as advised by local, state and federal health authorities. Our prevention and response plan will continue to incorporate this expert advice as the situation changes. Our office remains open and staff are available by telephone to assist you with information and referral on this and other issues.
We urge everyone to follow the guidance of our local health department, the CDC and the World Health Organization in taking measures to protect themselves and our community and to help slow the spread of infection.

Thank you for your understanding in these matters,
Carol Hanulcik
The Ionia County Commission on Aging