Mothers and more a popular night at Senior Services

Published 8:59 pm Tuesday, May 17, 2022

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By Carrie Miller

Davie Senior Services

April continued strong at Senior Services with several activities.

On April 12, the Coffee and Caregiving group met at the main campus. This is a caregiver support group that meets twice a month to talk and discuss with one another about caregiving experiences, led by services coordinator, Kelly Sloan.

April also brought several seminars.

From Atrium Health, Dr. Holly Jean Coward presented “What is Normal Aging (And What Isn’t).” Coward specializes in gerontology and geriatric medicine, and shared insight on the world of aging.

Senior Services celebrated Parkinson’s Awareness Month with a seminar with Diana Parrish about the disease. Parrish is from the Parkinson’s Foundation Carolinas Chapter and works to bring awareness to each and every area of the Carolinas. This presentation was insightful and offered encouragement to those living with Parkinson’s disease and offered tidbits to folks who have yet to be diagnosed.

Senior Services held its monthly movie on April 18 followed by Tech Tuesday on April 19.

Michelle Ellis, SHIIP coordinator, held a Medicare Extra Help Seminar at the Davie County Public Library. This was a time for anyone with questions about Medicare to come and learn something new.

April 20 began the new session of A Matter of Balance classes at the main campus followed with the Senior Book Club meeting at the library on April 21.

Meet the Candidates filled the multipurpose room at the main campus where the public was invited to learn more about local political candidates. The audience asked questions, and Senior Services appreciates the candidates who participated.

On Friday, April 22, Dr. Andrew Rivers held a dental seminar and answered questions regarding dental work.

April 22 started the first meeting of karaoke and dance. This group meets every Friday at the Brock Campus from 1-4 p.m. in the exercise room and welcome more to join.

On Monday, April 25, the inaugural “What’s Cooking: Foods, Fads, and Helpful Home Hacks” program began. Participants talked about strawberries.

First, they washed strawberries three ways: regular, cold water; 2baking soda water, and salt water. The baking soda water was to remove the pesticides off of the strawberries and the salt water was to remove any kind of worms. This activity was interesting and the participants did not find any worms.

Pparticipants then used a strawberry cutter and corer to see if the fad was easier than only using a knife. To finish the program, everyone made a gnat trap out of apple cider vinegar and dish soap to take home (helpful hack).

On Tuesday, April 26, author Katy Torney spoke about the Garret Torney Foundation and her children’s book, “Boots,” at the quarterly Veteran’s Social. This presentation was informal and interactive in nature and she shared the experience of watching her son go through PTSD after his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. The veterans were served strawberry shortcake. The next Veterans Social will take place in July.

To end April, Senior Services held the Good Health Club where nutrition coordinator, Stacey Southern, talked about ways to eat healthy and ways to make sweet potato chips. They also tried butternut squash.

To kick start May, Senior Services made DIY Dandelion Bouquets on Monday, May 2.

On Thursday, May 5, the Senior Writing group gathered again and talked about ways to improve writing techniques. They would love to have more members, so make plans to attend the next group meeting the first Thursday of each month at 2 p.m.

On Friday, May 6, Davie County Senior Services held its annual Mother Daughter Banquet.

The room was decorated with hot pink and flowers. The tables were full of mothers with their daughters, daughters in law, step daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and friends.

More than 100 women attended and enjoyed a meal with entertainment by Mike Hendrix, who played the piano during the meal and then played “Name that Commercial Tune.” This game ended with a tie for third place, and those teams battled it out with additional clues.

To close the program, Hendrix played “God Bless America” and asked everyone to stand and sing.

Interested in attending a Senior Center activity or want to learn more? Contact Senior Services at 336-753-6230 for more information.