As part of our continuing spotlight on area non-profit organizations, and also as part of the celebration of Elder Law Month in May, two (2) attorneys from OWM Law met with Brian Parkes, the Executive Director of the TriCounty Active Adult Center (TRAAC) which is formerly known as the Pottstown Area Senior Center.

John A. Koury Jr., Esq., and I learned about the Center and the significant resource it has become in our community.  Some of the things that we learned include:

• You do not need to be a member to participate in TRAAC activities and services. Anyone who is at least 50 years old is welcome. Membership, for those interested, is just $20 per year; some free and reduced-price programs are available to members. Everyone must complete an information form on your first visit even if you do not plan to become a member.

• TransNet provides free transportation for those who live in Montgomery County. This facility is on a local bus route also.

• Older adults can stay active with a wide variety of exercise and fitness program for all levels of fitness! There are even seated exercise programs. Becoming active and staying active is the key to avoiding injury from falls as we age.

• Come out and learn something new to exercise your brain, and also to have fun! Origami, card making, and other craft activities await you. Play shuffleboard, cards, chess, Pool, or Wii games, do a puzzle, learn Spanish, or just find some like-minded folks to hang with; all and more await you.

• There is an amazing array of trips that are available for equally amazing prices. Choose a destination that you always wanted to see, go on a cruise or accompany others on a day trip; there is something for everyone.

• A hot, delicious and nutritious lunch is available any weekday for free (donations accepted and reservations are appreciated).

• Do you have questions on Medicare, or signing up for LIHEAP? Do you need help with your income tax return? Professional staff persons are willing to help. Outside speakers are often on hand to provide even more information.

You can learn more by going to www.TriCountyAAC.org or by calling (610) 323-5009.  Stop in at 288 Moser Road, Suite 1, Pottstown, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  There are some evening programs as well.  Their mission is to help active adults live independently by providing free and low-cost programs, activities and supports.  See how you can benefit from this important community resource.

–Written by Kathleen M. Martin, Esq., CELA*

*Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

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