By Mayor Ross Chun
Aliso Viejo is often referred to as a young community, partially because it’s the newest city in Orange County, and partially because of the image we have garnered through our active social lifestyle and extensive participation in youth sports. However, it is important to recognize the many contributions of our senior community and all these citizens bring to our city. Seniors have always been a valued segment of our population, and we are proud services for our older population have been enhanced with established and new communities like the Covington, Belmont Village, Liberty at Aliso and Vintage Aliso Apartments. These communities represent a growing segment of our population and an important part of our economy. Our City has been working for the last several years to increase programs and opportunities for our senior population that includes services, lectures, programs and recreation classes to help our seniors stay active, healthy, social and fit.
Age Well Senior Services is an important provider to senior citizens throughout South Orange County. I have personally experienced the organization’s Meals on Wheels program, which serves a growing number of local seniors. Each day, Monday through Friday between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm Age Well’s Meals on Wheels program delivers nutritious meals for housebound residents age 60 and older. More importantly, the drivers provide social interaction and a welcome conversation that is uplifting and engaging for a resident who may not have the opportunity to speak with a new person each day. While assisting with a volunteer Meals on Wheels driver, I had a chance to meet Gus and learn about his interest in coin collecting, which taught me something new in the process. This was in just one delivery, but it is something that will stay with me for many years to come. Meals on Wheels is just one of the many services that Age Well provides benefiting our community. I am happy to recognize Age Well for its service to an important part of Aliso Viejo. Thank you for all that you do.