According to the 2000 Census Bureau, the population of Kane County was 6,046, with 16.70% (1,010) who were 65 years of age older. The age group from 45 to 64 was 25.90% (1566).

The facts indicate there will be an increase in the Senior Citizen age group.  Therefore, the Kanab and Orderville Senior Centers plan to shine in 2009.

The Kanab Center, located at at 56 W 450 N, is near the Kane County Hospital and Jacob Hamblin City Park. Old timers will remember the building as the Kanab City Water Cistern.

With a lot of hard work by Anna and Vernon Black and civic-minded citizens, it was converted into a place where seniors could meet, eat and socialize.

The Kanab Senior Center’s Director is Rene’ Pace. She is also the head cook in both Kanab and Orderville. Rene’ has 34 years experience in the food industry, and started her association with the Senior Center nine years ago. She first began as a volunteer, then a part time driver, and worked her way up to be director. The Orderville Senior Center Director is Wally Gibson.

The Kanab Center offers a variety of activities. Join with others to loosen up those muscles and joints with exercise everyday at 9 a.m. The Friendship Club meets Mondays at 3 p.m. There is a Porcelain Doll Class on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. A Health Nurse is available to answer questions once a month.

Enjoy a monthly Birthday Celebration Dinner with an informational guest speaker. Computer access is also available.

Lunches are served at the Kanab Center on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Long Valley/Orderville Center scheduled lunch days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Registered dietitian Gloria Johnson advises Director Pace and the three cooks in selecting the nutritional meals. Seniors can also suggest a favorite menu as a “Peoples Choice”. There is no charge for citizens of age 60 and older, but a donation of $2.50 will gladly be accepted.

Meals-on-Wheels contributes to the overall well being of the 75 homebound seniors of Kanab and 35 in Alton, Mt. Carmel and Orderville. The meals are delivered right to their door. The center has four part time drivers and volunteers help out. If a senior needs a ride to the center all they have to do is call and make arrangements to be picked up. The drivers also help out with other duties of the center.

Transportation to local shopping or to pick up medications is scheduled on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. (after lunch). A shopping trip to St. George is scheduled once a month. Seniors who have doctor appointments there can plan accordingly. Senior groups, can rent a bus, pay for the driver and gas for excursions to Page or Cedar City (weather permitting). 

 Rene’ said as director she reports to a Kane County Commissioner, and the center works within the county’s budget serving meals to approximately 160 seniors daily.

To request meal delivery, make reservations or arrange to be picked up at your home, please call the Kanab Senior Center before 10 a.m. at 644-5250. Senior Center Long Valley/Orderville’s number is 648-2504.