Trips and kids and bingo and more: Davie seniors stay busy

Published 2:46 pm Tuesday, August 8, 2023

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By Carrie Miller

Davie Senior Services

Davie Senior Services kicked off July with the monthly veterans social on July 6, sponsored by Senior Services, Veterans Services, and Trellis Supportive Care.

On July 7, karaoke and dance met at the Brock and folks enjoyed singing to their favorite songs and dancing with the music. Also, seniors enjoyed creating Flag Pin crafts as part of Crafternoon at the Davie County Public Library.

Each quarter, Senior Services offers Senior Games activities. On July 10, Mike Garner taught badminton at the Brock. Badminton is a Senior Games sport that can be played in singles or doubles. Badminton open play is every Thursday at the Brock Gym from 2-3.

July 11 was the monthly day trip, this time to Murray’s Mill Historic District, lunch at Granny’s Country Kitchen, and the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge. The trips fill up quickly.

Each quarter, Senior Services offers an intergenerational event for older adults to enjoy with their grandchildren or great-grandchildren. This time it was cooking with grandkids. The children ranged from 3-6 years in age and worked with their grandparents on three projects: peanut butter balls, a snack mix, and making their own ice cream.

On July 18, Dr. Charles Semelka from Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist joined Senior Services discussed mental health and older adults. That afternoon, Dedicated Senior Medical Center sponsored bingo with more than 50 in attendance.

Thursday, Phillip Brown from NC Baptist Aging Ministry held a program titled “Not Living in Neverland: Removing Barriers from Your Home”. That afternoon, the Senior Book Club met at the library. They discussed the book “The Other Bennett Sister” by Janice Hadlow.

Living History Day was Friday, July 21. For the past two years, Senior Services has worked with Cognition Davie to host this for children to learn about arts from the past. The children learned about butter making and farming from Steve and Peggy Evans, quilting from Sharrie Campbell, Renee Call, and Haley Kyles, basket weaving from Cheryl Tilley, and woodcarving from Tim Trudgeon. Children participated in hands-on activities– making butter by shaking heavy whipping cream in a jar and then tasting it on French bread, creating a quilt square, weaving a paper placemat, and carving soap. More than 20 children and 11 adults participated.

Crafternoon met on July 21 at the library to make wind chimes.

On July 24, Senior Services held the monthly What’s Cooking: Foods, Fads, and Helpful Home Hacks class. They discussed spices. They discussed when to salt food along with types of salt. Handouts featured which spices to use along with spice substitutes. At the end of the class, the group made a chicken marinade rub. This class covers a variety of topics, and the next meeting will be on Monday, Aug. 28.

The Good Health Club meets the fourth Thursday. They talk about healthy items and do light exercises. This month, they discussed sugars and tried a strawberry tomato salsa and cucumber sandwiches.

To close the month, Senior Services held a Patriotic Party on July 28 with Presidential Trivia and snacks featuring red, white, and blue creations.

For more information on how to become involved at Senior Services, give them a call at 336-753-6230.