Senior services alive with activities

Published 2:28 pm Tuesday, September 19, 2023

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By Carrie Miller

Davie Senior Services

Davie Senior Services kicked off August with a Day Trip to Madison Dry Goods on Aug. 1. Three buses and 46 seniors traveled to the museum, dry goods store, and Turtle Creek Bakery and Deli for a day of fun.

Trudy Allen, author of books about the Lawson murders, talked with the groups and signed copies of her books.

Back at the senior center, folks had their blood pressure checked, participated in Tech Tuesday with Rachel Nelson from the library, played bingo sponsored by Gentiva, and attended diabetes classes kicked off with Kathy Crotts from the Kidney Nutrition Care Center.

On Aug. 2, seniors practicing for the state senior games and the Piedmont Champions tour honed skills in bocce, cornhole and horseshoes at the Davie County Community Park.

Aug. 3, a speaker from the VA spoke about the PACT Act at the monthly veterans social where biscuits are served. Allison Brown, N.C. Senior Tar Heel delegate for Davie County, held her monthly presentation about legislative updates.

On Aug. 4, Bunco was held at the Senior Services Main Campus and there was a meet and greet with the former Ms. Senior Davie pageant winners.

To kick off the fall bowling league, the bowling lunch was a hit with more than 60 people. This is a record year for the bowling league, as they have maxed out Creekside Lanes with 80 participants. There was a lunch of baked potatoes and salad. Last year’s winners were recognized, and this season’s teams were chosen. If interested in the bowling league and did not make it to the lunch, call Senior Services to add your name to the waiting list.

On Aug. 10, Senior Services began the introduction to music class with Elaine Snow. Unlike chorus, this is a class to teach the basics of reading music in treble and bass clefs, learning how to harmonize, and overall general information about singing in a group.

At the Brock Campus, Senior Games and Special Olympics athletes enjoyed playing in the quarterly Senior Games and Special Olympics cornhole event. Even County Manager Brian Barnett  got in on the fun.

Every other Friday, the library hosts Senior Services for Crafternoon events and folks enjoyed making sugar scrubs on Friday, Aug. 11.

On Aug. 12, Angie Swaim and Morgan Gable from Novant Health talked about lung cancer and the importance of detecting these cancers early on.

Each quarter, Senior Services holds a Memory Café for caregivers and their loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia, and on Tuesday, Aug. 15, folks gathered to enjoy snacks, beach music, and making sand art together with Services Coordinator Kelly Sloan.

To learn about advocates for seniors, Senior Services held a program called “What is an Ombudsman, and How Can an Ombudsman Help You?” on Thursday, Aug. 17. The speaker was Davie’s ombudsman, Tracy Warner, and she shared several important points about how an ombudsman can help with navigating care in nursing homes and rehabilitation centers.

In addition, the Senior Book Club led by Genny Hinkle met at the library to discuss a book.

Aug. 18, Senior Services held the fall Welcome to Medicare event.  Folks who recently turned 65 or are about to turn 65 learned about Medicare, the SHIIP program, and had lunch. Senior Services, SHIIP Coordinator, Michelle Ellis, led this event. Medicare Open Enrollment begins in October, call Senior Services for more information.

Monday, Aug. 21, Ralph Miller from Allegacy Federal Credit Union presented “Are Bonds Still Your Friends?” where he shared information about banking in today’s climate.

That afternoon, several folks enjoyed the monthly movie at the Senior Services Main Campus.

Crafternoon met again at the library on Aug. 25  to make Zen Gardens.

What’s Cooking: Foods, Fads, and Helpful Home Hacks met on Monday, Aug. 28 where they discussed watermelon, its health benefits, and made a Watermelon Feta Salad. They also tried a watermelon slicer tool. This group meets once a month and enjoys cooking together.

To close out August, Senior Services held a Beach Party withs beach-themed food along with a shagging demonstration by Recreation and Parks Director Paul Moore.

To learn more, call 336-753-6230.