Living longer: PSOP gives seniors 'a reason to get up in the morning'

News-DemocratSeptember 28, 2013 

You may live longer. You may have more time to explore. PSOP wants to help.

"These days, we have 30 bonus years that we didn't have at the turn of the last century," said Southwestern Illinois College's PSOP Executive Director Beth Zurliene. "It's important for people to have a mission -- a reason to get up in the morning."

Since 1975, those 55 and older have found volunteer opportunities, hobbies, friends and help navigating the changes and challenges of aging at the Programs and Services for Older Persons, now known as PSOP. The main center is at 201 N. Church St. in Belleville and there is a second location at 7 Park Drive in Shiloh.

Having a good time with friends is an important part of staying healthy. PSOP is also dedicated to helping seniors gain access and understanding of public benefits such as transportation assistance, housing options, counseling services and other programs.

"We support aging in place for folks who want remain in their homes as long as possible and this then becomes the hub -- a place where people come and be social, engage in physical and mental activities, volunteerism and just have fun. So, what we try to do here is promote healthy aging," Zurliene said.

For more information about the PSOP community, visit www.swic.edu/PSOP or call 618-234-4410.

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