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An active SSC member was featured in Staunton’s News Leader, in print and online. Laura L. attends the Center each day to get exercise. At 94, she is determined to remain as healthy as possible. In February, she began the Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) program three days a week. SAIL offers strength training, balance and stretching exercises, as well as aerobic activity. It’s a well-rounded fitness program and Laura has commented on its benefits over the months.

In the news, she spoke about her experiences since the early 20th century. What she’s seen over the years has been varied and often globally important. To learn more about Laura and to view the full story, go to


You’re not the only one who needs a first-aid kit

You snuggle with your pet every day, but do you consider pet first aid when a winter storm’s on the horizon, or the summer heat wave comes, or your pet steps on something sharp on the sidewalk?

According to the Red Cross, a first aid kit for pets is created simply, and includes many items you may already have in your own first aid kit. Some items not in a human kit would be:

  • Muzzle
  • Pet medication
  • Grooming clippers or safety razor
  • Nylon leash
  • Baby-dose syringe or eye dropper
  • Diphenhydramine, if approved by your veterinarian

For a complete list of items for your pet first aid kit and detailed information on how to provide first aid for your pets, consult Pet First Aid by Barbara Mammato, DVM, MPH, a handbook sponsored by the American Red Cross and The Humane Society of the United States.

Long-distance caregiving

Living more than an hour from your older loved one? The Mayo Clinic has some tips on how to care for and coordinate needs from a distance. Mayo Clinic staff suggest caregiving from afar can be:

  • Providing emotional support to a caregiver living with or near the older adult
  • Coordinating services for a loved one, such as arranging for household help or in-home care, and following up to make sure there are no problems
  • Managing a loved one’s medical bills or records

To be most effective the Mayo Clinic suggests a few steps:

  • Schedule a family meeting
  • Get organized
  • Research your loved one’s illness or conditions
  • Ask for help from other family members, the older person’s friends, and professionals
  • Plan for emergencies and stay in touch

Remember, even at a distance, you’re doing the best you can.

Read the full article at for details on the suggestions above and more.

Creativity rocks the older mind

  • You made yourself dinner – cooking is creative, even if it’s opening a can of soup and heating it on the stove.
  • You chose what outfit you’d wear today – clothing creates an outward expression of who we are, what colors we enjoy, what shapes we’re attracted to, and more.
  • You crocheted a pretty, warm scarf for your grandchild – everyone has a talent.
  • You sang along with your favorite song on the radio – sing it well or not, just sing!

Throughout your day, you are constantly creating. Why not try some creativity with friends old and new! SSC offers a QUILTING GROUP the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 2 p.m.; members SING with each other almost every day, and with performers who come throughout the month; on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at10:45 a.m. members from two senior centers will present a FASHION at SSC, wearing their favorite outfits; a craft fair in November will feature CRAFTS by members and friends of the Center; and you can take part in all of these creative outlets!

The National Center for Creative Aging, the Administration for Community Living, and faculty members at universities such as Duke and Harvard are all proponents of creativity as you age. There are lots of examples of creative older adults: Benjamin Franklin invented the bifocal lens at the age of 78, Thomas Hardy published a book of lyric poetry at age 85, Frank Lloyd Wright completed the design of the Guggenheim Museum in New York at and 92, and Giuseppe Verdi wrote Falstaff, perhaps his most acclaimed opera, at the age of 85, Grandma Moses started painting in her 70s.


What creative thing will you do today?

“Yes, you can draw!”

Artist Maggie Tanner demonstrates and teaches simple drawing. Class begins at 12:15 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24.


wyoming barnTravelogue

Visit Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon in pictures and words as Bob Weiss presents “The Scenic Beauty & Variety of the Northwest” on Thursday, October 30 at 10:30 am.

Community Conversation

The connection is eons old; humans and animals of all types share a world, and sometimes a home. On Thursday, Oct. 23, come take part in a conversation about “Pets” – where did they come from historically, why do we need them, what about when they die? Do you remember your first pet? How many pets have you had over the years? Will you always have at least one pet? Bring pictures of your animal friends to share (you’ll get them back). Then join us for lunch afterward – non-members lunch is $4. Call 886-4634 to reserve your meal.


Crafters Needed

SSC is hosting a CRAFT FAIR Friday & Saturday, Nov. 21 & 22, 2014. If you are interested in setting up a table, please contact Lynn at 540-886-4634 or spaces are $10 and include a 5’ round table, or you may bring your own. Some electric outlets may be available.

Flu shot clinic

CVS pharmacy will conduct a flu shot clinic for the community from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 at SSC. Bring Medicare and insurance cards. No appointment necessary.

Staunton Senior Center enjoyed jaunt to Peaks of Otter

sscOn 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!

August Lunch & Learn spurs SAILers on at Staunton Senior Center

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.

Blenders Buzz with Smoothies at Staunton Senior Center

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!

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