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Release Date: July 13, 2006
by Kerri McDonald

DUNCAN, Okla. - Never before had shoveling dirt been as highly anticipated as it was in Duncan, Oklahoma on Thursday, July 20; but a group of approximately 50 seniors from the area were ready to start digging themselves.

The excitement was surrounding a groundbreaking ceremony that took place on a plot of land located at 1909 W. Plato that will soon be the home of the Chickasaw Nation Duncan Senior Site.

A group of area seniors currently meet twice a month at the Old Bus Station Diner for dominoes and cards, crafts, business meetings, food and fellowship. But as much as they enjoy the home style cooking at the diner, the seniors are ready for a place to call their own.

“We are happy to be moving forward to our goal of opening our eleventh Chickasaw Nation senior site,” stated Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby. “Duncan residents deserve a great center and we hope to give them that in the near future.”

Plans for the 5,700 square foot building include a dining area and kitchen for daily meals and fund raising events, an activity room for games and crafts, exercise equipment, a computer lab and lounge area. More importantly, it will offer a welcoming place for seniors to socialize every day and receive benefits like health checks, exercise classes and healthy meals.

“I look forward to having a place where we can all be together,” said senior Betty Bradley. “We enjoy getting together twice a month now, but it will be nice to have our own place to go each day.”

With their current monthly meetings, Duncan already has a very active group of seniors but their hope is that the opening of the site will draw even more Native American seniors to participate.

“We can’t wait to have a place to socialize and meet with the friends we have made,” said seniors Bentley and Glenda Singleton. “It will be a great place to get together to do crafts, or for those that play dominoes and cards. We plan on going there every day for lunch.”

The senior site plans to employ four staff members and hopes to open approximately six to nine months after construction begins. In the mean time, the seniors will continue to meet bi-monthly at the Old Bus Station Diner.

For more information on the meetings or the future of the Duncan senior site, contact the Chickasaw Nation Division on Aging office at (580) 795-9790.