Staunton Senior Center is closed Monday, Dec. 9 due to icy conditions. There will be no Meals on Wheels delivered. Please use the box lunch provided last month. There will also be no TED transportation available. We expect the Center to re-open for all activities on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
The week of December 2-6 was Christmas Week at Staunton Senior Center as every day brought its own special holiday flair. After the Christmas parade on Monday evening, Tuesday brought the Women of Hope duo who presented “An Olde English Christmas: Carols of Our Heritage”, followed by a seasonal craft.
Wednesday found a small, cozy gathering in the “living room” as Christmas carols and songs were strummed on the guitar by Teresa Whitesell, and members joined in with the singing. Diane & Company Tap Dancers entertained with their showy Christmas program after lunch, and then on Thursday forty-three members, staff, and volunteers met at the Wood Grill in Harrisonburg for the traditional SSC holiday meal.
On Friday students from Stuart Hall School blitzed through the Center, going crazy decking the halls with the finest. Decorators love those wide window sills! To further cheer a drab, rainy, cold Friday, story teller Anne Paulus enthralled with her story and led a gorgeous Christmas craft, turning simple pine cones into golden beauties with glitter, ribbon, and cinnamon sticks. What a splendid way to end a simply fantabulous week!
The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce has offered discount prescription cards to people in the Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta area for several years.
While these cards are not insurance cards, but discount cards, they would be presented at the pharmacy when you drop off or pickup your prescription just like an insurance card. Individuals that don’t have prescription coverage can use them to reduce their costs for prescription drugs.
Individuals who do have prescription insurance coverage, can also use them as sometimes the prices offered by the Chamber discount card is better than the cost resulting from the person’s insurance coverage.
A Valley Program for Aging Services staff member who has been using this card for the past year, reports significant savings. The Staunton and Waynesboro Senior Centers will be distribution points for the cards to the public this year.
These cards do not expire, so if a person has one from a previous year, they do not need to get a new one.
The sale will take place for VPAS members on Friday, Nov. 22 from 9:30am – 1:00pm. There will be handmade items from baby blankets to pillows and more; and second-hand treasures for home and yard.
Please join SSC to see what great gifts, doo-dads and ‘can’t-live-withouts’ you can find!
Last week several VPAS employees and one intern attended the leadership training for SAIL which stands for Stay Active & Independent for Life. This exercise program is actually a fall prevention program, but it is not billed as such since seniors sometimes tend to avoid “fall prevention programs” (I’m not old, I don’t fall).
The premise behind the program is that muscle weakness is the number one reason older adults do fall, and if their muscles can be strengthened through strengthening exercises and balance practice and then cardio is added as well, that the end result is fewer falls.
SAIL is an evidence based intervention coming out of Washington state which includes the fitness class designed especially for older adults(best results seen if done three times a week for one hour at a time), as well as educational materials and self-assessments.
The Program Director at Staunton Senior Center is contemplating how the program may be incorporated into the Center’s existing activities. She is slowly introducing the use of cuff weights that were given out as part of the grant through Rockingham Memorial Hospital which hosted the training. Her intent is to gradually introduce the equipment and ideas behind the program so that members will be receptive to a “revamping” of the SSC exercise program to include SAIL. So far the reaction from members has been positive.
Staunton Senior Center’s fall dance had many good things going for it, the committee decided. They included Center members at the event, transportation provided for members, a terrific poster, great decorations (nice and simple to assemble and take down), fabulous food, and the military display of local soldiers from WWII was well received.
Challenges to meet next year included making sure advertising took place in the local papers, especially the GO! magazine; making sure the schedule is such that there are no other major events in competition with the dance; advertising, advertising, advertising; consideration of changing venues in order to include beer and wine; and increasing the ticket cost.