June 26, 2015
After his wife died ten years ago, Victor, 92, had been living alone in Missouri. Then he discovered the senior activity center at United Way supported PrimeLife Enrichment (PLE) during a visit to see his daughter in Fishers and decided to stay! He learned about PLE from his granddaughter, a beautician who heard about the program while styling the hair of PLE’s financial director.
Victor likes to stay active and had been in the habit of walking with friends every day back in Missouri. He loves PLE’s indoor track. Since his first visit two years ago, he faithfully comes to the center each weekday from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., relying on the agency’s transportation services to get back and forth. Victor says, “the only thing I miss is driving a car, but this (PLE’s transportation) is almost as good!”
Victor’s schedule at the center goes something like this – first he walks two miles on the track. Then he completes an aggressive workout on the fitness equipment. Depending on the day, he might then take a fitness class such as the Arthritis Foundation’s land exercise, balance and Yoga, or Zumba Gold.
"Victor is an inspiration to me, and I think to all of us."
He socializes with other PLE members at Coffee & Conversation and participates in the Men’s Activity Council. He enjoys the ice cream socials, sing-a-longs, lectures, entertainment and Life Stories. Victor eats a hot lunch at the center each day while chatting with his table companions and afterward they play pinochle, euchre, bridge and other games.
Victor, who is a man of few words, worked in a factory for 40 years and likes to keep busy. He has no trouble doing that at PLE! Without the center, he would spend his days alone while his daughter and son-in-law are at work. He says he’s happy that he’s “got something to do and has a good place to come!”
Note: United Way brings together compassionate people committed to improving lives in our community. We help Central Indiana residents achieve and maintain self-sufficiency by directing resources toward four key areas of community impact – Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs. PrimeLife Enrichment, Inc. is one of over 90 United Way funded agencies working to address one or more of these priorities. Since 1981, UWCI has invested over $5.3 million in support of PLE’s mission to provide programs and services that promote independence, optimal wellness and socialization for those 50 and over. This funding includes nearly $1.9 million in grants that helped the agency purchase, renovate and maintain their facility using funds donated expressly for agencies’ capital needs. The agency’s current Community Fund allocation is $126,037.