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The Vernon County Nutrition Advisory Committee heard a summary of the Elder Nutrition Program for 2017 and looked at the 2019-2021 Aging Plan for Vernon County at its meeting Monday.

Megan Hanson, nutrition coordinator, said from January 2017 to January 2018, 1,445 more meals were served. She told the committee there were 2,927 home-delivered meals and 1,349 congregate (dining center) meals served in January, for a total of 4,276 meals.

“We are happy with that,” Hanson said.

In 2017, 27,221 home-delivered and 21,802 congregate meals were served for a total of 49,123 meals. In 2016, there were 21,637 congregate meals and 27,035 home-delivered meals.

Tricia Clements, ADRC of Vernon County director, said the numbers at the Westby dining center were down in 2017. She said meals were served at the school and it wasn’t a success

“It was hard to get to,” Clements said. “We hope the numbers will go up this year

The dining center relocated from Westby Area Middle School to Westby United Methodist Church Jan. 2.

Clements told the Nutrition Advisory Committee that the ADRC is working on updating signs for all of the senior dining centers in the county. Currently there are eight dining centers in the county.

Clements presented committee members with the 2019-2021 Aging Plan for Vernon County, which will be prepared by the ADRC of Vernon County.

The plan will have five goals set yearly for Vernon County over a three-year period. There is to be yearly goals set for each of the following focus areas:

  • The Elder Nutrition Program;
  • Services to people with dementia;
  • Services in support of caregivers;
  • Healthy aging;
  • Local need.

The plan is due to Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources (GWAAR) in November. Part of the plan is to outline planned advocacy activities.

“Every three years we come up with a plan – goals for what we’ll be working on,” Clements said. “We will start working on it and will discuss it at quarterly meetings and have public meetings. We’re just starting on it… The more people we can connect with the better it will be. What does the community need?”

Every year, Clements said, the plan is reviewed and the self-assessment must be approved by the Vernon County Human Services Committee; it will be done at the Committee’s March meeting.


Vernon County Broadcaster editor

Angie Cina is editor of the Vernon County Broadcaster. Contact her at 608-637-5616.

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