SSC News

VPAS issues call for Meals on Wheels volunteers

The Valley Program for Aging Services’ Meals on Wheels program serves a nutritious meal Monday through Friday to homebound residents in Staunton who are over age 60.

Volunteer drivers pick up the packaged hot meals at the Staunton Senior Center, 300 Churchville Ave., and deliver meals within the city between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Routes take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete.

Volunteer drivers are needed especially on the Tuesdays.

Substitute drivers are always needed.

For more information call Jan at 886-4634.





Staunton Senior Center Members Enjoy Kline’s Ice Cream

Even though Monday was a cloudy and not so hot day, fourteen Staunton Senior Center members accompanied by three staffers, enjoyed cups and cones of delicious ice cream complements of Kline’s Dairy Bar in Staunton.

Banana, Butter Pecan, Cotton Candy, Cherry Vanilla, and of course the old standards of Chocolate and Vanilla were the flavors of the day. Folks sat or milled about enjoying the smooth, cold treat as a stiff breeze blew through the patio.

All agreed it was a sweet way to begin the week!





Helping Hands Day Camp Visits Staunton Senior Center

Last week sixty-five campers paid a visit to the Staunton Senior Center, along with twenty teen and adult volunteers who had planned a week of service projects to keep them busy during the last week before school.

The group entertained with songs and interviewed the members, introducing themselves and asking the older generation questions such as “What did you like to do when you were my age?”. Of course the two generations discovered that they really do have some common interests! The campers had made cookies, hot/cold packs, and “Feel Better Bags” containing tissues, band aids, hand sanitizer, and throat lozenges for the Center participants.

This is the second year that Helping Hands Day Camp has served SSC, so as they left there was talk of possibly seeing each other again next summer!





Staunton Senior Center Open House Fun Time

There were over a dozen new faces at Staunton Senior Center for its open house.

Some were tempted from the apartments upstairs to free ice cream and a terrific speaker – Kanika Davis, Ms. Wheelchair Virginia 2014-2015. Davis spoke of a childhood accident that left her paralyzed and how she made through that trauma to face the world in a positive manner.

Performing in the morning was “Wheelhouse,” a threesome of musicians from Staunton, and in the evening, Teresa Whitesell sang and played guitar to a small, appreciative and dancing crowd. A couple of gentlemen dropped in without realizing there was an open house and stayed for over an hour enjoying the cooking demonstration by the staff of Emeritus and donated eats.

Thanks go to Lori Pullin, Lala Putnam, Shirley Baird, Bonnie Ritter, Marilyn McGonigal, Andrea Oakes, Phyllis Whetsell and Michael Thompson for their donations and volunteer time. Apologies if anyone was forgotten!





Busy Day Sends Staff Scurrying at Staunton Senior Center

Thursday, July 24 was an incredibly busy day at Staunton Senior Center, so team work was a must!

It all started with the Bone Density Scanner staffed by Augusta Health at 9:00 a.m. which saw twenty-six members, staff, and volunteers, relaying information concerning bone health. Of course the YMCA came to lead exercise as usual that morning, and then Allyssa Clark from Envoy of Staunton arrived to provide a health program on safety in the home and kept members busy learning while staff grilled out and prepared for the cookout being eaten in! Members had prepared yummy dishes and given money towards hotdogs and hamburgers, so a feast was in store for all!

The day was extra special since it was Red Hat Day and July birthday celebration, so there was much red and purple and celebrating going on as Happy Birthday was sung and the traditional drawing for a prize was held. The fun day ended with 40s and 50s standards sung by a talented volunteer–just another fun and busy day at SSC!





Staunton Senior Center Second Spring Dance

shelleyStaunton Senior Center
Second Spring Dance
Saturday, Sept. 13
8 – 11 p.m.
Gypsy Hill Place Wintergarden

Come swing to the cool sounds of Sentimental Journey of Charlottesville. Bring a friend, learn some great new moves, eat your fill of terrific hors d’oeuvres, bid on that perfect item or event in the silent auction. Whatever you do, COME AND DANCE!





SSC quilt raffle winner

ssc quiltKay Snyder (left) displays her new quilt with her sister, Mary McLear, both of Staunton. Snyder is the co-owner of the Staunton Braves, and won the raffled quilt from Staunton Senior Center July 12. The quilt was created by the Quilters Group at SSC.





Fall risk assessments for new members at Staunton Senior Center

Augusta Health physical therapists supplied their expertise to the Staunton Senior Center by providing fall risk assessments to new members.

Ashley Kane and Joyce Rathfon saw eight new members, identifying fall risk factors and making recommendations for fall prevention. They utilize the Tinetti Gait and Balance Tests and to determine if individuals have a high, moderate, or low risk of falling.

Findings can be useful as seniors work with their physicians on health care plans. Two SSC members were advised that physical therapy would be helpful for them. Ashley provides copies of the records to the Center for member use or so that staff may aid with follow up if necessary. Many thanks to Augusta Healthcare for providing this valuable service as well as other services such as the bone density scanner which will be available at the Center on the morning of July 24.





SSC Summer Sale Nets Hundreds

Shoppers trickled in steadily throughout the day July 12 to buy everything from a bicycle to a rocking chair to new zippers at Staunton Senior Center’s summer ‘Country Store.’

Center members were given a sneak peak on Friday to purchase from the hundreds of items donated by the community. Between the two days and funds raised for the bi-annual quilt raffle, the Center raised just over $600, which will go toward day trips and lunches out. A special thanks to Lori Pullin, Lala Putnam, Mary McLear, Mamie Faulkner, David Taylor and Jan Dore-Dennis for their help throughout the two days.

The winner of the quilt was Kay Snyder, co-owner of the Staunton Braves.





SSC Local Council Meets for Special Budget Session

Staunton Senior Center Local Council members gathered to develop a balanced budget at a special meeting.

After weeks of meetings between the council’s ad hoc budget committee, WSC’s budget committee, and regional director Janice Gentry, a quorum met July 10 at the Center to determine final cuts and fundraising opportunities for fiscal year 2014-2015. Local Council chair Michael Thompson will present the budget at the upcoming VPAS advisory committee meeting later this month.






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