The township’s new senior citizens advisory committee will hold its first meeting next week and chairwoman Grace Campbell has high hopes for the group.
“I think we can address needs and see what we come up with,” said Campbell, a former Cinnaminson Township clerk. “We can provide important information to the township committee.”
The advisory committee—made up of seven township seniors—will focus on the needs of senior citizens in areas such as recreation, transportation, benefits and more.
“We will help find ways for people to get what they need or to go about trying to get what they need,” Campbell said.
Some examples, Campbell added, include seniors inquiring about benefits they are eligible for, transportation to medical treatment and if a senior is in need of a lawyer. Campbell also wants to reach out to the county’s office of aging to form a relationship there.
“The idea of this group is a two-way street,” said Committeeman Don Brauckmann, who serves as the director of parks and recreation and health and senior services. “They can tell us what they are looking for and bounce ideas off us.”
Currently, senior citizens’ programs include card playing, line dancing, exercising, bocce and more, mostly held at the community center.
Brauckmann said he wants to do a better job of letting township residents know of the activities. Campbell agreed.
“If you’re not in that group,” Brauckmann said, “you might not even know what goes on. We really want to bring those programs to light to let our community know what we offer. The group in turn can tell me.”
Brauckmann said the group expressed an interest in meeting bi-monthly. Campbell said after the first meeting, the group would have a better direction in where they want to go.
She encouraged any seniors with questions, ideas or topics of discussion to email township clerk Pam McCartney, who will relay the message to Campbell. Email McCartney at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the township building, 856-829-6000.