Senior Center Celebrates 40 Years

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Screen Shot 2013-02-24 at 11.46.04 AMThis year the Milford Senior Center is celebrating 40 years of serving seniors in the Milford community. Consistently increasing members and services to the senior community over the years, The Milford Senior Center has remained a community center for all citizens of Milford.

On March 23, 1973, a Certificate of Incorporation was filed with the State of Delaware incorporating the Bi-County Adult Center of Milford, Inc. The purpose of the corporation was to do all things necessary and appropriate to establish and operate a senior center to meet the special concerns of the senior citizens within the boundaries of the Milford School District and adjacent communities. The corporation was organized as a non-profit corporation with the affairs of the corporation being conducted by a Board of Directors. The first President of the Board was BeBe Mick.The corporation remained the Bi-County Adult Center of Milford, Inc. until December 11, 1978, when the Center was renamed the Milford Senior Center, Inc.

The City of Milford generously donated a 6,500 sq. ft. building at 501 North Walnut Street, where the Senior Center moved from a downtown location, and was located until June of 1997. At that time, the Senior Center moved into a newly renovated Hanley Building in downtown Milford. The new Center is comprised of 22,500 sq. ft. for Senior Center use with a staff of three and 5,000 sq. ft. for commercial rental space. The current staff of Milford Senior Center consists of six full time employees and four part-time employees. The membership totals, 1,428 and the Center offers an extensive variety of programs and services to seniors ages 55 and older.

Executive Director Karen Llyod has worked at the senior center for 37 years, as the Site Manager, Outreach Coordinator and Activities Director. She has experienced all aspects of the organization and has seen the changes that have taken place over the last four decades. Although the average age of individual members of the Senior Center has remained the same, 65-74 years old, Karen has noticed that the disposition of the average members has changed quite a bit.

“We used to see seniors come to the Senior Center and stay here all day, now our members seem to be very independent and will engage in our activities and services and then return home,” stated Ms. Llyod. As the third largest senior center in the state of Delaware, Milford has been able to provide the more independent members with the services they desire.

The Elder Law services at the Center offer assistance with wills and estates, health care directives, Medicare and Medicaid issues and a variety of other legal matters. The Outreach Program provides information, referral services and entitlement screening for members and other community residents 60 and older. Buses provide daily transport to and from the Milford Senior Center and for recreational outings, shopping, medical appointments, prescription pick-ups and educational trips. The Wellness Program includes Blue Cross Exercise Program, blood pressure checks and hearing tests.
“We have services that accommodate all different age groups from 50 to 90,” stated Llyod. “There is quite a difference in the services and activities these age groups are looking for and we offer something for everyone.”

To celebrate their 40 years of service to the community, the Milford Senior Center will be hosting the “Cheers to 40 years” Gala on Saturday, March 2 starting at 6pm. Serving dinner, entertainment by the Funsters and a silent auction, the evening’s events are aimed at celebrating the four decade-long partnership between the Milford Senior Center and the Milford community. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Milford Senior Center at (302) 422-3385 or visiting them at 111 Park Avenue in downtown Milford.

“We want to show our appreciation to the Milford community for all of the support they have given us over the years,” commented Ms. Llyod. “We could not have done all of this work over the past 40 years without them.”