Orangeburg Council on Aging reopens

The Council on Aging offers programs and services to promote the wellbeing of older people in Orangeburg County.

ORANGEBURG, SC – The Orangeburg County Council on Aging says its doors are open to seniors in the community.

“Our main job was to feed the Orangeburg seniors and that has never stopped,” said Executive Director Deeanne Miller.

Miller says the facility was closed to the public at the beginning of the pandemic. It has since reopened with caution, bringing back most of its programming.

“When they get back in the building and take part in our programs, our physical education and art classes are all that important to their mental health,” said Miller.

The council also offers bingo, quilting, and crochet classes.

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Miller says many seniors have been skeptical about getting back into the building since it reopened. However, the staff has taken precautions by enforcing social distancing, masks, and weekly basic cleaning of the building.

“We are taking all the precautions we know,” Miller said.

The local council is not currently adding any new customers to its waiting list for its Meals on Wheels program. However, they hope to be able to take in more people by the end of the month.

“We’re open. There are so many places that are closed,” said assistant director Betty Boid. “Even if we limit the number of participants or customers, we are open and they like to come. Some of them look forward to it every day.”

The Council on Aging will also be running COVID-19 tests and vaccinations on January 20th.

For more information, contact Orangeburg County Council on Aging at (803) 531-4663.

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