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Doughnuts and games await human company

Stina Sieg
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A plate of doughnuts sits untouched on a folding table. Around the room, brand-new board games wait for players. Though this simple conference room may be empty right now, Shannon Derby has high hopes for the place, in the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

Since the beginning of January, it has been home to “Sip, Chat and Play,” a get-together aimed at area seniors. Designed by Derby, 34, an assistant athletic coordinator and recreation person at the center, the mornings are meant to be low-key times, when the older set can just “hang.”

Though, as of yet, no one has showed, Derby wasn’t down about it. No, she was eager to talk about its potential. Promising “nothing extravagant,” she hopes to entice people with free goodies and drinks, even complimentary transportation if needed.

“The idea was to get seniors in here, for one, and just see what they want to do,” she said.

Derby’s excitement felt absolutely genuine.

“We could get a mean game of Scrabble going!” she said.

“I was thinking we could just sit and talk,” she added. “I love to talk.”

But Derby stressed that even if conversation isn’t their thing, her target audience can take advantage of plenty more. Those interested may use the center’s computers, scope out exercise classes or learn a new card game.

Hey, there’s even a Nintendo Wii to play.

And, to her, that’s just the beginning. Since taking over senior activities recently, Derby has organized low-cost trips to shows in Aspen and Grand Junction. Soon, she’ll host her idea of a “senior prom.”

When asked about her dedication to her job, to people decades older than she is, she shrugged, giving no real answer. As a child, she used to love to spend weekends with her grandparents, she said. She’s raised her children the same way, involving them with their grandparents, and nowadays much of her family lives within minutes from each other. Interacting with people of all ages is what comes natural to her, it seems.

With seniors, the self-described “people person” explained she just wants to help.

“I’ve got a variety of things we could do, once we get it rolling,” she said, still excited.

But first, people have got to show up.

Contact Stina Sieg: 384-9111

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