Senior Services reopens; drive-thru activities come to an end

Published 9:04 am Thursday, July 8, 2021

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By Carrie Miller

Event Coordinator

Davie Senior Services

Senior Services finished June with the last of the drive-thru activities.

Over the course of the past year, the Senior Center has been closed to the public, but events still persevered through the madness. Seniors enjoyed attending seasonal drive-thru parties with the breezeway decorated, monthly birthday parties, parking lot Bingo extravaganzas, craft from cars, and so much more.

On June 15, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Senior Services partnered with Davie Center for Violence Protection and Davie County Social Services to host the Flip Away Elder Abuse Craft.

Kim Shuskey, aging and adult services director, led the participants in how to make fun, colorful flip flops decorated with purple ribbon to spread awareness of elder abuse. While participants were crafting, Brandi Patti, assistant director of the Davie Center for Violence Protection, shared information about spotting the signs of elder abuse, what to do if you suspect elder abuse, and the types of elder abuse.

Elder abuse can occur in many ways: financial, physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, or abandonment.

Meagan Tomlin, veterans services officer, spoke about scams and how they regularly target older adults and veterans.

Crista Ramroop, deputy director of adult and economic services, and Teresa Carter, adult services social worker, spoke about their experiences with elder abuse in Davie County and who to call if you need help.

Senior Services concluded monthly birthday celebrations with a bang – there were several June birthdays to celebrate. Everyone brought a guest, and they were invited to drive thru and pick up cake and ice cream to eat in their cars. Bud Stroud enjoyed his cake and ice cream with wife, Irene, at the picnic table outside, while Reba Holt opted to walk up to the birthday cart and enjoy visiting with fellow June birthday participants.

Concluding all drive-thru parties, Senior Services held its annual Father’s Day event. The theme was mustaches, with all the decorations consisting of types and styles of mustaches.

Kelly Funderburk, Davie County’s register of deeds, volunteered and helped hand out the goody bags filled with Oreos, popcorn, Rice Krispy treats, potato skins, trail mix, and beef jerky. What a great way to celebrate all of the fathers at Senior Services.

While the fathers were enjoying their special day, others participated in an awesome Crafternoon at the Davie County Public Library with adult services and technology librarian, Jazmyne Baylor. Through the summer reading program, Davie County Public Library has partnered with Senior Services to offer two craft sessions called “Crafternoon.” This session featured learning how to make Zen Fairytale Gardens. Coming up in July, Baylor will be teaching how to make animal wreaths.

Be sure to check out the Dateline section of the Enterprise for all of the upcoming events and activities at Senior Services. More fun is on the way – the doors to Senior Services were opened to the public July 1.

To register for upcoming activities, call 336-753-6230.