Aging Well Center coming to Landrum 

Published 9:55 pm Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Fifty Upstate to use the Landrum Train Depot for programs


LANDRUM—Fifty Upstate will be coming to Landrum on August 21st to begin their senior services for the Landrum community. 

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The Fifty Upstate organization delivers services to seniors in Spartanburg County that are above the age of 50. Some of their services include, home-delivered meals, transportation to and from the depot, group dining, activities, education, field trips and more. This will be the eighth Aging Well Center created by Fifty Upstate, their other locations are in Pacolet, Woodruff, Boiling Springs, Cowpens, Chesnee, the Middle Tyger Area, and Downtown Spartanburg. 

There are roughly 76 million “baby boomers” that are enjoying longer lives because of the unprecedented rate of medical and technological advancement in the world. The “baby boomer” generation is living longer than any previous generation, Fifty Upstate works with seniors to change the philosophy of what it means to age. 

One of the key focuses of the mission statement of Fifty Upstate is, “We support, champion and enhance life for those 50 and older.” They are able to do this with close collaboration with towns and cities in Spartanburg County to develop innovative programs and services for adults age 50 and above. 

Fifty Upstate believes that the age of 50 is critical because it is the period when adults begin thinking about what their life will be like after they finish their professional career and their children are grown. While retirement is still 15 or more years away, 50 is a crucial age for adults to begin dreaming and planning what their life will be like after retiring.  

In 2018, Fifty Upstate provided Spartanburg County seniors with; 88,087 Miles of complimentary transportation to and from the Aging Well Centers, 23,086 home-delivered meals, 20,501 congregate dining meals, and 1,610 shelf meals when the centers were closed due to inclement weather or holidays. 

Fifty Upstate estimates that the program impacted 253 people in the Spartanburg community with hot home-deliver meals, and anther 439 seniors that participated in the congregate dining options at the Aging Well Centers.

The City of Landrum discussed proposal from Fifty Upstate to use the Landrum Depot as one of the Aging Well Centers over the summer and agreed that it would be a great asset for the City. The official grand opening for the Landrum Aging Well Center is Wednesday, August 21st from 9 a.m. till 12 p.m. at the Landrum Train Depot. The grand opening will include an open house event where visitors will get the opportunity to meet the Fifty Upstate coordinators that will be in charge of the Landrum center. 

Fifty Upstate Executive Director Yvonne Harper released a statement promoting the new location, “Please tell your friends and neighbors, don’t let someone you love miss out on Fifty Upstate’s services and programming.” 

By Samuel Robinson