Opinion: Audrey Robinson (Guest Columnist) – Miles for Meals 5K Run and Mosey Mile Supports CCOA Programs

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Miles for Meals: 5K Run and Mosey Mile Supports CCOA Programs

I was introduced to the Caddo Council on Aging after my neighbor and life-long family friend passed away. During her final few years I would take her to run errands, help around her house and mostly just be her friend. This experience helped me realize the need to serve area seniors is very real.

I am honored to have served on the CCOA Board since 2009 and as Executive Board President during 2015. I am also honored to chair the 2nd Annual Miles for Meals 5K Run and Mosey Mile. This family-friendly fun event is on Sunday, March 13, from 2 to 5 p.m., with the 5K race starting at 3 p.m. I invite you to join us at Zocolo (436 Ashley Ridge Blvd. in Shreveport). Learn more about it at www.caddocoa.org.

Over the past seven years, I have watched this organization grow and adapt to changes brought about by both government requirements and societal needs. CCOA spans socioeconomic boundaries in ways that many in our community do not realize. Services are not limited to those who are poor or homebound. In fact, community services are one of the fastest growing segments of the organization. It provides community programs ranging from individual assistance in navigating complicated Medicare programs through the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC), to a weekly Senior Tech Talk at the Randle T. Moore Center, and many more.

While CCOA may be best known for providing meals to our area seniors, through these innovative services, the staff and volunteers are also feeding the minds and souls of everyone touched by them.

As we move into 2016, I hope you will continue to support CCOA in whatever manner is best for you. For some, it may be delivering meals. Others may choose to attend events or support CCOA financially through donations and sponsorships.

Regardless of how you choose to support, your resources allow CCOA to be the friend that so many of our area seniors need. I look forward to seeing you at the Miles for Meals event at Zocolo on Sunday, March 13 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Audrey Robinson is Immediate Past President of the Caddo Council on Aging Executive Board.