Senior Center expresses concerns about funding

By Chloe Kiple
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING— Residents are taxed to provide resources for citizens 60 years and older, but sometimes, old legislation makes it difficult for that money to make it back to local senior centers. Kelly Arndt, Prime Time Senior Center director, said that she plans to address the Tri County Area Agency on Aging that distributes federal funding intended for senior citizens programming under the Older Americans Act of 1965. In order to receive funds, municipally run senior centers need to go through the lengthy process of applying for a grant. “We put out a public notice that funds are available, and we invite different organizations to apply,” said Tri County Area on Aging Agency communication relations specialist and grant manager, Tammy Lemmers. “It’s a competitive process.”

Funding decisions are based on the applicant’s capacity to accomplish the tasks set forth in their application and how many people they service.

East Lansing seniors and special needs students create art

By Chloe Kiple
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING—Students squish red clay between their palms as they carefully mold small angel figurines. Smiling faces, laughter and conversation fill the room. On March 21, the joy was palpable in the art studio of the Prime Time senior center, making fertile grounds for creative expression during the intergenerational art program. 

The senior center pairs special needs students with seniors. Over six weeks, the duo works together to create art projects, like glass night-lights, masks and mosaic picture frames.  

“We have some really gifted artists among the seniors and the students,” said program planner Lisa Richey.