Seniors learn fire safety tips

Published 9:13 am Tuesday, November 23, 2021

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By Carrie Miller
Davie Senior Services

Senior Center activities and events are heading back in the right direction. Numbers are growing, and Senior Services is proud to serve the 55 and older members of the Davie community.
Nov. 1 started with the Senior Lunchbox participants learning about fire safety and life safety. Joseph Ashburn and Cameron Webb from Davie Emergency Services taught all kinds of tips from how to use a fire extinguisher to how to save a life. It’s important to brush up on all of these skills so that you are aware and can help someone in case of an emergency, they said.
As the week continued, Senior Services hosted a two-day pickleball clinic on Tuesday, Nov. 2 and Thursday, Nov. 4 with a big turnout. These inquisitive minds supported learning the latest trend – pickleball. John Bullins, former USA Pickleball Ambassador, taught the clinic along with the newly appointed Davie Pickleball Ambassador, Don Hankins.
In total, both days had a gym full of participants. These new learners were able to run drills, learn techniques, and ask questions. At the end of the clinic, the participants were able to win a new set of pickleball paddles. Pickleball is a great way to stay in shape and keep moving.
After the clinic, on Fridays, Senior Services hosted Pickleball Open Play. Pickleball Open Play is held each Monday and Friday at the Senior Services Health and Fitness Center (Brock Campus) from 10-11:30 a.m. after the designated gym walking hours are complete.
On Friday, Nov. 5, Senior Services staff member, Carrie Miller, and Davie County’s Veteran Service Officer, Meagan Tomlin, traveled to the N.C. State Veterans Home to hand off the toiletry donations collected for the veterans in the state home. These items are given to each veteran as needed and were truly appreciated. Senior Services collected a van full of alcohol-free items for the veterans.
On Tuesday, Nov. 9, Kelly Sloan, the Services Coordinator for Senior Services, met with the regular, twice a month Coffee & Caregiving Group to discuss levels of caregiving and creating a unit of support for the individuals in attendance that are all experiencing the same type of levels of caregiving. This caregiver support group meets twice a month – the second and fourth Tuesdays at the Senior Services Main Campus at 10 a.m. If a caregiver, whether it be for you grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, or community members, this group is for you. Following this group meeting, Senior Services hosted a pre-caregiving seminar at 6 p.m. through the AARP titled Prepare to Care. This seminar had several attendees on Zoom and was full of information on what to do before the caregiving process begins, how to have conversations with your loved ones, and more.
On Tuesday, Nov. 9, Senior Services also hosted the monthly Got Plans? Advanced Care Planning Workshop with several attendees who work with the presenter to create advanced care documents which can then be notarized for free at Davie Senior Services. The Got Plans Workshop meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Senior Services Main Campus, so if you have questions about advance planning, please make sure to make plans to attend the next workshop.
The monthly Scrapbooking group also met on Tuesday, Nov. 9, and had a great time scrapping together. The scrapbooking group is open to all ages, so make plans to attend the second Tuesday of each month.
Friday, Nov. 12 concluded the week with a great deal of fun. The Brock Campus had a great time at the Grand Games event where basketball, mini golf, cornhole, shuffleboard, and football throw events were had. Grandchildren had a blast as they competed for the grand prize of a football and basketball to take home and play together with their grandparent. First place was earned by Azalee Stockton and her three grandchildren: Amarion, America, and Karrisma. Second place was earned by Hazel Dillard, Eli Rice, and Isabelle Rice. Congratulations to all teams.
Nove. 12 also brought about the monthly Crafternoon event at the Davie County Public Library. This event was titled DIY Pressed Leaf Art, but ended up being DIY Flower Art.Some folks pressed their flowers into the frame and some glued them on the top. Adult Services Librarian, Jazmyne Baylor, did a great job sharing this awesome craft with the folks at Senior Services and concluded the week with a great event!
Upcoming events include the annual Christmas Party, Christmas Bingo, and more. If interested in joining in all the fun at Senior Services, make sure to contact Senior Services at 336-753-6230 to pre-register for any upcoming events.