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GoldenCare now operating program at HS senior center

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By Johnathan Ryan

HEATH SPRINGS - The seniors of Heath Springs have gotten another feather in their hats with the start of a new afternoon program at the Heath Springs Senior Center.

GoldenCare Adult Day Care is responsible for the recreational and social program, which started about two weeks ago and is meant to give seniors the brand of fun they want, said GoldenCare administrator Susan Bowers.

The afternoon program is funded by Lancaster County with new funding from the S.C. Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging.

Bowers said GoldenCare wanted to establish a presence in the southern part of the county and figured a good way to start would be filling the void of an afternoon program, which the center had once offered.

Afternoon programming is popular with the Heath Springs seniors, as about 20 people now take part in the 2 to 5 p.m. program on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Many like to stay through the afternoon after enjoying the morning program and hot lunch.

"This broadens our services and makes better use of the dollar," said Heath Springs Town Councilman and S.C. Silver-Haired Legislator Ted Sowell of the GoldenCare program.

Seniors take part in a variety of activities such as arts and crafts, gardening and computer basics.

The afternoon program coordinator is Cecilia Morrow, who has much experience helping at the Heath Springs Senior Center. She once coordinated the morning program and is popular with the afternoon group.

On Thursday, GoldenCare and the Heath Springs Senior Center are hosting an open house from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

Barbecue will be served and officials from the S.C. Lt. Governor's Office on Aging will attend.

"We would love for folks to come by and tour the facility," Bowers said.

The afternoon program at the Heath Springs center runs Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. For details, call the center at 273-9206.

Contact reporter Johnathan Ryan atjryan@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416