The welcome mat is always spread at the Senior Citizens Center in Rockmart.
“It is a great place to gather for social activities,” said Rachel Roper. “More of our citizens need to visit and see the many things we enjoy.”
People can come from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily to participate in games, enjoy quilting or just watching television.
Seniors can hear guest speak about topics such as diet, nutrition and legal issues. They are also entertained by local musicians and have traditionally enjoyed out of town trips such as a visit to Ellijay to purchase apples.
There is more. Each senior attending receives a hot meal at no cost.
Nutritionists point out that a healthy diet is often a concern for older adults. Taking part in a center where food is served keeps individuals from having to eat alone. Research has determined this is a contributing factor in patterns of developing poor nutrition.
Stacey Holbrook, site manager, said the local center it is a wonderful place to socialize.
“I enjoy talking with each one,” she said. “They have so much knowledge to give about a different era than we know today.”