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Senior Center an oasis of activity
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The McMinnville-Warren County Senior Center received praise recently from the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability in its annual Quality Assurance Compliance Review.
Program specialist Judy Roberson said in a letter, “This center does an outstanding job of meeting the needs of seniors through food distribution, special events and educational programs.” 
Cheryl Watson Mingle and her newly elected board of directors work diligently year-round to make the center the best it can be, and to obtain its set goal. That goal is to keep older persons with the greatest economic or social needs in their homes as long as possible by providing services to stimulate and encourage independence, wellness, advocacy, safety and other aspects of daily living.
“Basically what we are all about is connecting with our seniors and providing the human touch,” said Mingle. “It’s hard to put a price tag on that connection, something we all need.” As an agency that has served the community for 30 years, the staff averages serving 1,600 seniors each year — all with the human touch of kindness and compassion.
Activities and services abound at the center, with seniors receiving material aid, health education health screenings and physical fitness activities. They are also reached through information and assistance, education and recreation.
Center regular Marsha Massingale said she visits the center every day that it’s open, and it’s like a lifeline to her.
“When I started, I was having a rough time and the people here helped me so much,” said Massingale. “It’s better than any medicine I could take!”
Seniors who are confined to their homes can receive friendly visits, telephone reassurance calls, and homemaker aide services. Others can participate in intergenerational activities, with local youth making regular visits. The center offers various opportunities for persons of all ages to volunteer at the center in its many activities. 
The board of directors works diligently in the community, pairing up with the Regional Health Department, the University of Tennessee, and the local Farmers Market to provide food vouchers for senior citizens. Last year alone, they issued 455 vouchers totaling to $15,960 in funds for the market providers. 
A recent Second Harvest food distribution held at the center served 205 households, and 302 individuals. Another distribution is scheduled for Feb. 7 for Warren County residents over 60 years of age.
A regular schedule of activities is set each day at the center, with UCHRA and the Senior Center holding a fundraising breakfast Feb. 13.
A Mr. and Ms. Valentine event will take place Feb. 14 for anyone 50 years and up. The fundraiser encourages men and women alike to seek donations for the center in order to earn the royal title.
On Feb. 27-28 an AARP driving class will be offered from 8 - 11 a.m. Contact the center for details concerning the class and how it can lower insurance rates.
The newly elected board of directors’ executive officers of the McMinnville-Warren County Senior Center include: chairman Dennis Kronlage, vice chairman Carol Borum, secretary Hilda Lytle and treasurer Diane Bogle.
The center is located at 809 Morrison Street, and can be reached at 931-473-6559.