Seniors stay warm with winter activities

Published 10:18 am Thursday, February 16, 2023

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By Carrie Miller

Davie Senior Services

January was a fun-filled month at Davie County Senior Services.

The year kicked off with a day trip to the Wilkes Heritage Museum in Wilkesboro on Jan. 3 where participants learned some history of Wilkes County and toured several historic sites. Day trips happen once a month.

Tech Tuesdays also kicked off on Jan. 3. Rachel Nelson from the Davie County Public Library joins Senior Services twice a month for this program to answer technology questions. Tech Tuesdays are the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

On Wednesday, Jan.  4, Kelly Sloan, services coordinator, held a Facebook Live where she talked about the services that Davie Senior Services offers plus the activity kits and robotic pets available to loved ones living in Davie with Alzheimer’s or dementia. This video can be found on the senior services Facebook pagee.

On Thursday, Jan. 5, Senior Services held Ping Pong Fun Day.

On Monday, Jan. 9, the SilverStrikers bowling league met for a lunch to kick off the season. This lunch featured chicken noodle soup, salad, and Oreo trifle dessert. The bowlers come together to congratulate last season’s winners and select new teams. The league will run for 14 weeks, breaking for summer, then again this fall.

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, Sheila Blanton from Atrium Health’s Davie Medical Center presenmted a health seminar titled, “The Gift of Life.” She discussed blood donors and how important it is to donate the gift of life.

Friday, Jan. 13, senior services and the library hosted Crafternoon featuring Confetti Champagne Glasses. Crafternoon is the second and fourth Fridays.

A Badminton Clinic was held Jan. 18. Davie Senior Games will offer Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles in Badminton. Come out and participate. It’s never too late to try something new.

Jan. 19 kicked off with a seminar learning about identity theft and fraud, followed with a shredding event and bingo, sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice. There will another shredding event held for the community in conjunction with SmartStart’s KidsFest at the Davie County Community Park, so be sure to gather sensitive documents and bring them to the event, provided through the SHIIP program.

Speaking of Smart Start, Davie County Senior Services partners with them each quarter to bring a special program titled “Grandparents and Me” where the grandparents and grandchildren come together to read a story, have a snack, and partake in an activity.

Did someone say refrigerator pickles? Yes, they did. Senior Services holds What’s Cooking: Food, Fads, and Helpful Home Hacks once a month on the fourth Monday, and this month was focused on learning how to make refrigerator pickles. This activity was so much fun, and everyone got to take their jars home to test out the recipe. For more fun cooking hacks, or learning in general, be sure to sign up for the next event on Feb. 27.

On Jan. 26, the Good Health Club led by nutrition coordinator, Stacey Southern, learned health benefits of carrots and tried several carrot entrees. They meet again on Feb. 23 at 1 p.m.

Jan. 27 was a day of Snow Much Fun where participants enjoyed Snow carnival type games where they were invited to make snowflakes, participate in snow bowling, participate in throw the ball at the snowman, and a snow word search. Unfortunately, this party did not bring on any snow, but it was a blast that everyone enjoyed. The food consisted of mini corn dogs, snowman shaped cheese balls, a veggie tray, and party mix.

Also on Jan. 27, the library held Crafternoon owhere participants created a Cardinal made solely of buttons

The following Monday, the movie brought several people to the Senior Center for popcorn and a love story. Monthly Movies are generally held on the third Monday of each month unless a holiday conflicts.

To close out the month, Senior Services held its quarterly Veteran’s Social where several enjoyed coffee, donuts, and cookies while listening to Thao Sommerville share about her experience escaping Vietnam during the war. Monthly Veteran’s Socials will begin in April.

As one can see, there’s always something going on at Davie County Senior Services, and they would be delighted to have you join in the fun. If you are 55 or better, give them a call to register for an activity or learn about all the fantastic things you can partake in.

Call 336-753-6230 for more information.