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Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... The Future

on August 19, 2019 - 11:28am
Executive Director

This week our nest is officially empty! The last baby bird arrived Friday at New Mexico State University.

Sunday, we took another to ENMU. We now have a UNM Lobo, ENMU Greyhound and NMSU Aggie.

We came home and celebrated with filet mignon, creme brulee and toasted with sparkling cider. NO, WE DIDN’T! One of us wept silently off and on, while hugging our dogs.

Don’t worry, it is what we raised our children to do and they will be wonderful. My parents would be so proud to know the first in their family to attend college now has three children in college.

You see, I think we arrive where we’re suppose to be, when we’re supposed to be there. That position for me is at your local senior centers and we welcome you at age 50. Perhaps you also have sent someone off this year and wonder what you are going to do now. If you are 55 and older, our Los Alamos Volunteer Association and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs await your arrival.

Did you know simply participating in your local senior centers can result in them receiving more funding? I’ll explain just a few examples today. Let me start with volunteers, and no we might may not even be asking you to do more, just to document your time. Our LAVA/RSVP program has about 350 volunteers spending time at more than 30 locations. If you need us to match you to something you like to do, Sarah Chandler and Binh Wakeford are happy to assist. If you already volunteer and that spot is one of our locations, your time helps the efforts in our community.

We even have an annual party to thank you for your time.

So, if you want to ring the bell during the holidays or volunteer to serve lunch at our facilities, a free meal is in your future. Our senior centers alone have more than 80 volunteers that make our little engines go. We literally could not make it without their help, a big thank you for their service!

Speaking of lunch, if you are an adult in the community, you are welcome to lunch as a guest anytime. We do have a few simple rules, you must RSVP before 10 a.m. and lunch only takes place between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Lunch is $10, but we have plenty of parking, you can get in and out in a hurry, don’t have to tip anyone and often someone even volunteers to bus your table.

If you ate lunch even occasionally with us, having more people would actually decrease our costs and could eventually lower the price of lunch for everyone. I won’t harp on you for a membership, except to say if you are over 60, join for free and get an assessment, your cost for lunch is just a $5 donation. Our meals are prepared daily by chefs and include; enchiladas, meatloaf, Frito pie, roastbeef and so much more.

White Rock and Los Alamos have separate menus daily and they can be found at