On Thursday, August 28, Staunton Senior Center took its summer trip to Peaks of Otter near Bedford. The city van left Staunton at 9:45 and enjoyed a leisurely trip down Interstate 81 and was soon winding its way up the mountainous road of Rt. 43. All were glad to finally reach the straightness of the Blue Ridge Parkway. These members at last converged with friends that had ridden the SSC county van which was meeting them there.
Members browsed the gift shop for a few moments before being seated for lunch at two tables that had been pre-set for the group. Since the food had been ordered ahead, it was not long before the delicious lunch arrived. After finishing blackberry cobbler, the group boarded the vans again for the short ride to the Sharp Top Mountain Shuttle. The ride up to nearly the top of the mountain was another winding experience! Upon arrival at their destination, a small band of brave members hit the trail with their two van drivers, setting off for the top of the mountain while others lounged in the bus stop dug into hillside, gazed at the spectacular view, and took pictures.
After all were safely back together again and a group photo was snapped, the travelers descended the hill for the return journey home. Many members expressed that they had so much fun they want to return to the Peaks next summer!
The topic of the August Lunch & Learn at Augusta Health was Senior Fitness and included nutrition considerations as well as valuable information on exercise. Several Staunton Senior Center members and the Program Director attended and came back with some information that inspired those involved in the SAIL (Stay Active & Independent for Life) exercise program that it was time to increase the difficulty of the workout. Attendees learned that the condition of Sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass, strength, and flexibility) can be prevented by resistance training which is essential for maintaining and increasing muscle mass. In addition to building muscle, strength training promotes mobility, enhances fitness, and improves bone health.
In strength training, one can add more repetitions or increase the weight during training, so SAILers decided to “bump it up a notch” and increase repetitions on arm and leg exercises from ten reps to fifteen. Some exercisers are contemplating inserting more weight bars in the adjustable cuff weights to increase the force against which their arms and legs are working as well. There is definitely more of a “burn” doing the extra reps! The group needed the encouragement received at this meeting to “move it or lose it” as they participate in regular exercise every day at Staunton Sr. Center and lead an active lifestyle.
Staunton Senior Center members gathered around three tables in the activity room, anticipating the delicious and healthy smoothies about to be prepared on Thursday, August 21.
Anna Stell of Interim Healthcare, Shelly Lam of Kings Daughters Community Health & Rehabilitation Center, and Allysa Clark of Envoy of Staunton provided all of the ingredients for Green Tea Fruit Smoothies, Yogurt Strawberry Banana Smoothies, and Frosty Pine-Orange Yogurt Smoothies as part of the health program for the month entitled “A Cool You”.
Even though this summer has been somewhat cooler than usual, seniors still need to be aware and conscious about the heat and the effects it has on the body as one ages. These three ladies provided their groups with information on keeping safe from dehydration and also supplied them with the recipes for the smoothies.
The program was a huge hit as seniors sipped on the various varieties of smoothies. Many thanks to Anna, Shelly, and Allysa for providing interesting and informative health programs throughout the year!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Kay 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.
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