Horrocks visits Sunbury Council

Delaware County Council for Older Adults (COA) Executive Director Bob Horrocks was in chambers during last Wednesday’s Sunbury Village Council meeting to update Council members on what has changed and what will remain the same at the COA.

“The one big change is our name,” Horrocks said. “For the past 23 years we have been the Council for Older Adults; we are now SourcePoint of Delaware County. We are the source and starting point for those who continue to thrive after 55. We help navigate aging with programs, activities, referrals and services.”

Horrocks said while SourcePoint’s 800 Cheshire Road facility is home to many daytime activities; most of the non-profit, locally funded agency’s resources help older adults remain in their homes.

“We’re currently helping 1,045 people remain in their own home here in Delaware County,” Horrocks said. “Our name has changed, but we will still be that organization that helps strengthen families of older adults.”

Horrocks said adults over age 55 are a rapidly growing community. Delaware County is home to 47,000 people 55 and older right now; that number will be 58,000 by 2020, and 70,000 five years after that.

“By the year 2030 there will be 80,000 people in Delaware County over the age of 55,” Horrocks said. “A lot of folks think of that as a problem, but we can help put the energy and experience of our older population to work.”

Horrocks said one focus of SourcePoint is training and assisting caregivers, hooking them up with additional resources in Delaware County. He also encouraged both younger and older adults to volunteer with SourcePoint — at the Cheshire Road SourcePoint Enrichment Center, delivering Meals on Wheels, as caregivers, and a host of other opportunities assisting older adults.

“Get off couch, come out, be active,” Horrocks said. “Participate in activities to help keep your brain sharp, participate in fitness activities, volunteer, help people stay healthy and active and avoid more costly in-home services.”

For additional information about SourcePoint log on to < mysourcepoint.org > or email < info@MySourcePoint.org > or call 740-363-6677.

The SourcePoint Enrichment Center is located at 800 Cheshire Road, Delaware. The Enrichment Center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.