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

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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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