Letter to the Editor: Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging Is a Winning Outfit — Help Them


Recently, the Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging (LMT) received a 2022 “Prestigious Aging Innovations Award” from USAging, one of the highest honors presented by USAging to its members.

The award was chosen from among 43 local aging programs to receive honors during USAging’s 47th Annual Conference and Tradeshow July 1-13 in Austin, Texas.

A big thank you to Executive Director Nicole Kiddoo for overseeing our regional three counties. Eleven people within the agency joined her in participating in the leadership academy, which was open to all staff interested in creating or enhancing their leadership skills.

Our county is so fortunate to be a part of the LMT agency, helping to provide access to dozens of programs. It is finding ways to help seniors through difficult times and situations. And the best part is they are only a phone call away.

If you have further questions or comments, please call the Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging office. They do answer. Call 1-360-664-2168 or 1-888-545-0910 and they will connect you to the right person. Or start by calling the local office in Centralia at 360-748-2288.

Here’s hoping the Lewis County Seniors nonprofit board will become more actively involved in updating all the centers, finding ways to improve meals, increasing socialization through activities and supporting seniors, along with reaching out through phone calls, etc.

Many —  yes, many — seniors do not have computers as a isolation escape along with inability to transport themselves to a center for meals or socialization, or for that matter, shopping when necessary. Outreach to our senior population is so needed in our county.

Maybe you have a desire to help?

Give them a call. They have a Facebook page. Check it out and leave your ideas and comments.

I also wish the Lewis County Seniors board would become more involved and active with the best things other Washington centers (along with other states) are doing for their seniors and apply them to services within our Lewis County centers.

We have such a large expanse of rural seniors not receiving information to help them on their mature journey for the rest of their lives. Just remember, younger adults: You're just around the corner to becoming a senior. What would you like to see happen in our county before you’re older? Let the Lewis County Seniors board know. Or better still, offer your help in becoming actively involved at a center. Some day it might be your center, also.


Elizabeth Hicker