Seniors have fun helping community

Published 8:56 am Thursday, January 5, 2017

Davie County Senior Services is not just a place where seniors can come to enjoy programs and activities.

Many of the groups give back to the community throughout the year.

The Sharing and Caring group works on projects to donate. Recently, the group knitted and crocheted scarves as well as collected donations of scarves. These were given to individuals going through chemotherapy at the Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center at Wake Forest.

Donna Harris, Ms. Senior Davie County, delivered the scarves. The Sharing and Caring group meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. If you are 55 or older, bring your handwork or portable project and join the group for a time to share, fellowship and craft together, making projects to give to those in need.

The Boogie Brigade line dancers have a great time learning new dances each week. Under the leadership of volunteer instructor Jean Warwick, the Level 1 class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. Volunteer instructors Cathy Smith and Kathy Mashburn lead the Level 2 class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:45 a.m. There is also an evening beginner’s class that meets each Thursday at 6 led by volunteer instructor Vickie Spivey.

“Line dancing is a lot of fun and provides great exercise,” said Kim Shuskey, senior services director. These dancing groups give back to the community by performing at events throughout the county. Every month they visit Autumn Care and Bermuda Commons to perform for residents.

The Boogie Brigade welcomes new dancers of all levels who are 55 and older.

Davie County Singing Seniors has been bringing joy and hope to audiences and each other since 1987.  Leader Marie Craig and pianist Nancy Brewer volunteer their time to this choral group which travels to Davie County and beyond entertaining at community events and long-term care facilities.

Every February they also provide Singing Telegrams as a fundraiser for Senior Services. They practice every Thursday morning at 10, with no practices in July and August.  New singers 55 and older are always welcome.

Senior Games promotes a year round health promotion and education program for adults 50 and older. SilverArts encourages creativity through the arts.

In addition to the local games in the spring, programs are offered at Senior Services on an ongoing basis to promote health, wellness and creativity.  Participants also try to find ways to give back to the community as often as possible. Recently the group rang the bell for the Salvation Army at Wal-Mart of Mocksville.

Senior Games and SilverArts is for everyone 50 and older, athletes and non-athletes. Upcoming events include a cornhole clinic and tournament and an open house for Senior Games, SilverArts and the new cheerleading team.  Call for dates and times.

Homebound Meals drivers make up the largest group of volunteers at Senior Services. They serve their community by delivering a hot lunch and a warm smile to approximately 140 homebound seniors every weekday.

Many of the volunteers are seniors, however anyone 18 or older is welcome. Volunteers can deliver once a week, once a month or whenever suits their schedule. Fill-in drivers to be called in case of a late cancellation are also needed.  Oftentimes the homebound meal driver is the only person that many of the clients see each day. This is a vital service that provides a nutritious meal and a daily welfare check.

Although this is one of the largest groups of volunteers, there is a shortfall of help. “If you have a couple of hours to make a difference in a senior’s life, please consider helping,” Shuskey said.

If you are 55 or older why not make a resolution to get involved in Senior Services in 2017?

“Whether you are looking for a social outlet, a way to stay healthy or a way to give back to your community, you can find it at Davie County Senior Services,” she said.

To learn more, visit the at the Bobby H. Knight Senior Services building, 278 Meroney St. in Mocksville, or call 336-753-6230.