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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
Last Thursday approximately thirty seniors from Staunton Senior Center and Waynesboro Senior Center joined at Gypsy Hill Park for the monthly health program entitled “Relaxation in the Park”, presented by health program team members including Shelly Lam, Anna Stell, and Jessica Miller.
These ladies provided yoga, deep breathing, a relaxing visualization exercise, and an aromatherapy table complete with hand massages which left men’s and women’s hands feeling ultra smooth and smelling great!
Members enjoyed the beautiful weather, fellowship, and the laid back morning before reconvening at SSC for lunch and prize bingo, the number totaling fifty by then! It was May birthday celebration and Red Hat Day as well, so with the addition of some extra homemade food and cake, it was a very celebratory day!
On Thursday, May 8, sixteen Staunton Senior Center members and one volunteer took advantage of annual spring glucose testing complements of Mr. George Savage, clinical assistant with Augusta Health Community Wellness.
George has also offered to bring the Dermiscan to the Center this summer so they members, staff, volunteers, and the community at large will be able to check for damage from the sun they may have acquired over the years. Hopefully this will encourage the regular use of sun screen. George stated that bone density scanning could be made available for SSC as well, so these screenings will likely be scheduled in the near future. Routine cholesterol screenings provided through Augusta Health will be available this coming fall.
More VPAS News
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- Staunton Senior Center Begins Partnership with R.E. Lee High
- Summer Unplugged Acoustic Concerts Coming to Staunton
- Staunton Senior Center Gardens and Composts
- Representation at Staunton City Council Public Hearing
- Forums mark stretch run for candidates
- Fashion Show Dazzles at Staunton Senior Center
- SAW Region to Host Candidate Forums April 16 and April 23
- Meals on Wheels program article in the News Leader
- Staunton Senior Center Members Inspired by Speaker