YELLOW SPRINGS — Preble County Council on Aging (PCCOA) took a group of 28 senior citizens to Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs on Tuesday, Sept. 10. There the seniors were able to walk around the dairy, learn about opperations, and even had the opportunity to feed goats.
At Young’s, the group ate lunch and ice cream.
“The highlight of any trip is an ice cream stop. Our Seniors are seriously ice cream connoisseurs,” Activities Assistant Heather Seymour said.
Their next stop was the Yellow Springs Sunflower Field, which was a late addition to the itinerary.
“They absolutely loved the sunflowers. We stopped and they got out and wandered into the field and they took their own photos and we took some too. One couple even took a picture there for their Christmas card. Then we finished the trip with a stop in Yellow Springs for some shopping. They really enjoyed this trip,” Seymour said.
PCCOA plans 14 mini trips a year. In addition to the mini trips, the organization plans more extensive trips by plane, and cruises which range from a state or two away to Hawaii and Alaska.
This was their first year visiting Yellow Springs. Seymour added, it was a hit with the group.
“They really enjoyed this trip. They raved about the ice cream and sunflowers. It was a bit hot but they found shade when needed and really enjoyed the fellowship and the day overall. Many mentioned looking forward to our next trip to Wolf Creek Habitat on Oct. 12,” she said.
The group of seniors did seem to enjoy the trip. They raved about Yellow Springs on the testimony sheet PCCOA asks them to fill out after each trip.
Valerie H. said, “[I] had a great time [on the trip]. I had never been to Young’ Dairy or Yellow Springs – Wonderful time with my friends.”
“A fun day! I had never been to Yellow Springs. I knew it was an eclectic place. Loved the art shops,” Barbara C. said.
Connie L. said, “Everyone should try the cow patty ice cream, contrary to the name it is extremely delicious.”
Seymour added, these trips held through PCCOA help seniors exercise and socialize with their peers.
“These trips are important for the socialization aspect [and] the exercise. It gives our seniors the opportunity to meet new people, create new memories, learn new things and it offers the opportunity for us to spend quality time with our clients and build relationships with them beyond the office,” she said.
“We have great talks with our seniors on the way to and from our destinations. We laugh and talk about whatever they would like to.”
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