SSC News

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.

Dermascan & Nat King Cole All in One Day

Twenty-six members, staff, volunteers, and visitors from the community took advantage of the Dermascan equipment that was available at Staunton Senior Center on June 24.

Especially now that summer is here and people are spending more time outdoors, it is critical to think about covering the skin using sunscreen, hats, and proper clothing. George Savage, Clinic Assistant, ran the scan, talking with participants about results and their skin care needs. He had plenty of educational materials available for members and important facts concerning skin cancer as well. Next month he will be at the Center performing bone density tests on those interested in their bone health.

After lunch on June 24, fifteen Nat King Cole fans settled in for a history of this famous singer and a chance to listen to some of his most popular songs. As time went on, more people came to listen, and soon the front room was filled with people taking trips down memory lane! Al Leichter, local authority on rhythm and blues, was showcasing Nat in a most enjoyable program in observance of Black Music Month.

Will Carson in concert at Staunton Senior Center July 4

ssc-headerThe reclusive Will Carson will close the Staunton UNPLUGGED spring concert series with an acoustic concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 4, at 300 Churchville Avenue in the Staunton Senior Center.  City fireworks will follow next door at Gypsy Hill Park after the concert.

Carson is a prolific songwriter who rarely performs publicly.  His last public concert was held in 2009.  He has a small, dedicated following who appreciate his multi-themed, multi-layered song lyrics and unique, worn voice.  These rare concerts are an experience not to be missed.

The Staunton UNPLUGGED series features artists performing in a living room setting without amplification.  Admission is $5 and refreshments will be served.

Local Jurisdictions Support VPAS Services

VPAS is pleased to receive financial contributions from the local jurisdictions to support our services to individuals in the Staunton, Augusta, Waynesboro (SAW) Region.

Each local government recently approved a budget for their upcoming July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015 fiscal year which includes funding for VPAS.   Staunton approved funding for VPAS in the amount of $22,551 with $6,000 of that specifically for the Staunton Senior Center.   This is a decrease of $2,099 from their previous funding level.

Augusta County approved $20,202, an increase of $4,798 from funding in previous years to start bringing their contribution more in line with the level of VPAS services in the County.

Waynesboro provided level funding of $25,250, with $13,000 allocated to the Transportation for Elderly and Disabled (TED) program and $12,250 allocated to Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP) services.   Waynesboro also provides the building used for the Waynesboro Senior Center and VPAS offices as an in-kind donation.

Help the Waynesboro Senior Center seeks help for new van

The Waynesboro Senior Center provides wheelchair accessible van transportation to the center for members in Waynesboro, Fishersville and Stuarts Draft who are unable to operate a vehicle, cannot easily access the public transportation system, or do not have alternative means of transportation available to them on a regular basis. Additionally, the vans are used to transport members to a variety of activities, errands and fun field trips that promote social interaction, and benefit a healthy lifestyle.

The vans are funded by the Federal Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), local corporate and foundation support and individual donations.  This summer, the van used in the Stuarts Draft area will be replaced by a newer model.  Having the new van will allow the Center to continue to serve members who need to be lifted either to enter or exit a vehicle. The older van will be repaired so that it can become a backup vehicle for times when one of the two primary vans is having maintenance work done.

The federal grant from DRPT provides 80 percent toward the cost of the new van.  The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge awarded $3,000 towards the purchase price, leaving a funding gap of almost $7000 to be covered by corporate and individual contributions. A fund-raising drive targeted at Stuarts Draft businesses, organizations, churches and individual supporters begins June 2 to cover that gap.

Members and supporters who wish to make a contribution towards the purchase of the new van should send donations to Valley Program for Aging Services, Waynesboro Senior Center Van Match, P.O. Box 817, Waynesboro, VA 22980.

For more information about membership at the Center or transportation, contact center director, Karen Hurt: 540-942-1838.

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