Even though no birds have yet to be spied at Staunton Senior Center’s new bird feeder, there is some evidence of visits, according to bird enthusiast, JoAnn K., a new member at the Center. This avid bird watcher is encouraged that soon these wonderful and interesting creatures will discover the feeder and members will be on their way to viewing and identifying their new feathered friends.
JoAnn is bringing materials and her enthusiasm to SSC, leading group discussions about birds and birding; Friday found eight members gathered around a table, generously spreading peanut butter onto pine cones, rolling them in bird seed, and then attaching pipe cleaner hooks. This inexpensive project will provide protein and nutrients to local birds to assist them through the rest of the winter. A birding hike with volunteer Brenda Bruce is planned for June so that the group can get out into the wild to observe these lovely animals in their natural habitat!
The Center is closed Tuesday, March 4 due to the poor conditions of streets and sidewalks. Center administration does not want to endanger members, volunteers or guests and so closed for the second day after the recent snow that dropped five inches in ice and snow in Staunton.
The Center should be open again Wednesday, March 5 for regular activities.
After introductions and the approval of minutes from the January meeting, SAW Regional Director Janice Gentry introduced budget figures to Staunton Senior Center Local Council members.
These figures showed the disparity between what income is expected on the approved budget, and what has actually been received. She explained that this was the first step in having local council members take more responsibility for decisions about program priorities for the Staunton/western Augusta area. She also distributed the annual report and grant requests for funding from Staunton and Augusta County.
Following this, Michael Thompson, LC chair, reported that he has attempted to get in touch with Kathy Johnson with Murder is a Game. A murder mystery dinner was chosen as the local council’s second fundraiser, with a goal of raising $3,500. Thompson also talked about council recruitment. It was decided that the plan for recruitment and cultivation of new members presented by Lynn Harris, center director, would not be used. Instead, each current member would discern the best way to bring new members onto the council.
Finally, Harris and Lori Pullin, program director, reported about daily operations of the past month.
The next Chronic Disease Self-Management Program workshop hosted by Staunton Senior Center will begin on Wednesday, March 26 at 9:30 a.m. in the meeting room of the Staunton Public Library.
These free 2.5 hour workshops are part of an evidence-based program developed and tested at Stanford University and are led by trained leaders. Running six consecutive Wednesdays, the classes are designed to assist adults eighteen years and older in better managing their chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, and arthritis, along with the attention of their health care providers.
Past workshops have been very successful as participants are able to gain much helpful information in managing their health issues as well as develop meaningful and supportive relationships with workshop leaders and other community members struggling with similar circumstances, thus lowering the stress associated with chronic conditions and learning skills needed to live active and fulfilling lives.
Combating Financial Crimes Targeting Older Adults
Financial crimes affect millions of Americans in communities throughout the country and cost consumers an estimated $50 billion a year. fraudsters are masters of persuasion, ultimately ensnaring their victims into making emotional, not rational decisions. Although financial fraud can strike people from all walks of life, older Americans and those on the brink of retirement are especially vulnerable.
Prevention is an important part of combating financial fraud, but we know it occurs in spite of preventative methods. When fraud occurs, victims are left to cope with the aftermath of compromised identities, damaged credit and financial loss, and a painful range of emotions including anger, fear and frustration.
The Greater Augusta Coalition Against Adult Abuse presents a FREE discussion with Christine N. Kieffer, senior director of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation. The event will take placeThursday, Feb. 27 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. at the Valley Licensing Office, 57 Beam Ave., Fishersville. Participants will receive a copy of Taking Action: An Advocate’s Guide to Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud.
Register online at http://fs21.formsite.come/ascott/form11/index.html. For more information, contact Anne See at 1-800-237-0141 or email@example.com.
So far twenty Staunton Senior Center members have taken part in the new SAIL exercise program. Stay Active & Independent for Life is being offered twice a week at the Center, on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. So far the group has been following along with the exercise DVD, with Program Director Lori Pullin leading and Center Director Lynn Harris joining in.
The comments thus far have been very favorable and enthusiastic, with members seeming ready for a more challenging workout. Participants are able to work at their own pace, and seem to be enjoying adding weights in the middle of the routine for strengthening. Hopefully in three months when they are re-assessed, the exercisers will be pleasantly surprised to see how much improvement they have made in their physical conditions!
SSC will be closed Friday, Feb. 14 due to heavy snow on the roads in the city.
There will be no Meals on Wheels delivered.
We expect to reopen Monday, Feb. 17 at the regular time.
Staunton Senior Center will be closed Thursday, Feb. 13 due to inclement weather.
No Meals on Wheels will be delivered.
We hope to open on Friday, Feb. 14 depending on road conditions.
The cold weather recently put everyone at Staunton Senior Center in the mood for soup.
Last week several members and staff chipped in to make stone soup. Some may know it as Friendship Stew, the idea being that if everyone contributes just a little, something great thing can be made! Although there was not actually a rock in the soup, the tasty concoction had plenty of vegetables including tomatoes, celery, carrots, onions, potatoes, and frozen mixed veggies.
Also present were kidney beans, noodles, a bit of beef, and flavorful beef broth.
Needless to say, there were awesome smells coming out of the kitchen, and the yummy addition to lunch was much appreciated by all.
Staunton Senior Center’s Local Council met to discuss a variety of topics. Chairman Michael Thompson reported to members about his attendance at the VPAS advisory committee meeting earlier in the week.
He also spoke about the need for members to decide on a second fundraising event. There were three suggestions; a mystery theater dinner, a travel/event auction and a wine tasting. Most members felt the mystery theater dinner fit best and Thompson said he would get in touch with the local person who runs the dinners.
Center Director Lynn Harris then explained the next step in the council member recruitment process. She handed out prospective member forms and asked for one to three names from each member for the next meeting.
Lori Pullin, program director, discussed the upcoming SAIL (Stay Active & Independent for Life) program that will start at SSC on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The program is more intensive than previous exercise programs and includes balance, strength and cardio training.
The council’s next meeting will take place Thursday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. in the Center. All are welcome.
More VPAS News
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- Staunton Senior Center Local Council to Meet Jan. 30
- Members Travel By Way of Fun, Interesting Programs
- Staunton Senior Center Members Busy in Spite of Weather
- Staunton Senior Center Began SAIL Assessments
- Center closed New Year's Day 2014
- Work of SAW VICAP Counselors Recognized
- Staunton Senior Center Abounds with Holiday Atmosphere
- Staunton News Leader Donated Backpacks to SSC
- Center closed Tuesday, Dec. 10