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.
This year, 67 people responded to the survey, down from
78 who responded the previous year and the 81 who responded
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
The Crazy Quilter’s Guild is raising money for a
local family needing help with medical expenses
and getting hearing aids for their children. They
are raffling a king-sized wildlife quilt – 102 inches
by 102 inches. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five
for $20. Tickets may be purchased at the VFW in
Pinedale or from any guild member. For more information
call Trena Rule at 970-509-9749. The
drawing will be conducted Dec. 14 during the
Mountain Man Christmas festivities.
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