Kicking Up Their Heels

[March 2020 | By Eva Veitch, Region 10 Community Living Services Program Director]

April 18 will be a great afternoon in Delta when we roll out the red carpet to area senior citizens for their very own “Seniors Prom.” This event has taken place in Delta for the past six years, thanks to the generous support of Delta High School and the Region 10 ADRC partners. Our special guests will take full advantage of the Delta High School Prom theme and decorations.

Attendees will be greeted at the door with corsages and boutonnieres then are invited to have their photos taken. Lunch will be served followed by two glorious hours of live music and dancing. The afternoon culminates with the crowning of the prom King & Queen. Guests will have their prom photos in hand and depart with happy hearts and tired feet.

Many of these folks reside at area nursing facilities and assisted living communities, others are community members who just love this event. Last year we had over 150 guests, and we are planning for 200 this year. What a great opportunity to get gussied up and enjoy music and the company of peers on a Saturday afternoon! The event is made possible with the generous support of community sponsors and volunteers, who began planning it in January and have been budgeting for it since the 2019 Seniors Prom.

Senior’s Senior Prom. Courtesy image.

Volunteers make the corsages, complete the decorations, set up and clean up, manage the photo booth, serve the food, and—most importantly—dance with our guests.

It’s the most fun you can have as a volunteer to see the smiling faces and bright eyes of an older adult from a nursing facility dancing as you try to hold them up and help them glide across the dance floor. It’s a blessing for the volunteers, and we have no trouble getting people to give up their Saturday to do this.

Too often, we take the ability to get out for a fun afternoon for granted. We get dressed, jump in the car, and go do whatever we want to do. Imagine what it’s like to depend on someone else to help you dress, drive you someplace, and be paid to keep you company. That is the day-to-day life that many of our guests live. Yet they generally have great attitudes and are so appreciative of the assistance of those who help them get to this event and keep them safe and feeling special. If you are in the Delta area on April 18 from 12:30 to 3:00, stop by the Delta High School and watch the magic. We always need more dancers!

To learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of older adults, please call Eva Veitch at 970-765-3127 or email Your donation of time or money will result in a guaranteed return on your investment.