Survey IDs Rendezvous Pointe patrons’ needs

Holly Dabb photo Suzzanna Hernandez pulls out a tray of enchiladas before lunch is served at Rendezvous Pointe. An annual survey shows that 95 percent of those responding rated the noon meals as good or extremely good.

A survey was conducted in September of

those people using Rendezvous Pointe. This was the 14th

year for the survey.

Executive Director Paul Jensen said the survey enables

Rendezvous Pointe to track trends among seniors.

Fourteen years ago, a larger percentage of those coming

to the senior center were women who had lost their

spouses, he said. It was a social place for camaraderie.

After five years, the first wave of retiring Baby Boomers

in their 60s came to the center. Still healthy and active,

they were more interested in activities such as Tai Chi, the

annual walk challenge and Wii Bowling.

“Now, that first wave is getting older,” Jensen said.

Overall, he said, the survey has been remarkably stable

in regards to rankings and ratings. He contributes that to an

excellent kitchen staff and kitchen manager.

He said the survey shows some of those answering the

survey come infrequently, like once a month, and are unfamiliar

with programs or activities offered.

For example, the Pinedale Aquatic Center offers pickle

ball and BOCES offers Spanish.

The lunches seem to be an all-time priority with the center

consistently serving more than 10,000 meals annually.

Jensen said.

This year, 67 people responded to the survey, down from

78 who responded the previous year and the 81 who responded

in 2013.

Of those that responded, 64 percent were women. Thirty

percent of respondents were between the ages of 76 and 80,

and 36 percent were ages 60 to 75. A whopping 24 percent

were between the ages of 81 to 90. In fact, 16 percent were

between the ages of 86 and 90.

Of those responding, 66 percent said the noon meal at

the center is their primary meal of the day.

Activities draw 44 percent of the seniors on a weekly

basis; again some attend one day a week and others four

to five days.

“Friends” are the reason 41 as the reason for coming

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local family needing help with medical expenses

and getting hearing aids for their children. They

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by 102 inches. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five

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call Trena Rule at 970-509-9749. The

drawing will be conducted Dec. 14 during the

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to the center. Health and social services are the draw for

others. “It’s just fun,” was the third most common answer

and crafts or classes were listed as the fourth most popular

reason for attending the center.

While the survey may not prompt changes this year, Jensen

said it has in past years. The very popular salad bar,

which 96 percent of the survey respondents said they use,

was added following a previous survey.

One upcoming change for the center will be offering the

salad bar only three days a week beginning Nov.1. Because

the salad bar is not reimbursed by federal or state grants,

he said the senior center would only be able to offer the

salad bar on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays rather

than all five days.

When asked what they would like to see more of, people

answering the survey said computer classes, Internet and

software education.

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