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Posted on: November 23, 2022

Senior Services has a Great October!

Needle Felting Owl Class

Davie County Senior Services had a great month in October!

The month started with WALKTOBER, a walking event to challenge everyone (seniors and staff) to walk as many miles as they could within the month. Participants did great with over 1,000 steps walked!

To motivate participants for Walktober, a Race Walking and Power Walking demonstration was held at the Brock Campus on October 3. Carmina Jenks from Piedmont Plus Senior Games came over to teach participants how to do vary up their walking routine and succeed in those events for the upcoming Senior Games season beginning in March of 2023.

A Matter of Balance class began in October through Winston-Salem State University, and the class participants are really enjoying learning how to better their balance! This is a class offered periodically, so please check your Senior Connection to find out how you can join in next time.

On Wednesday, October 5, Senior Services and SmartStart held another Grandparents & Me where Allison Gupton shared stories and a scarecrow craft that the grandchildren and grandparents could participate in together. It was so much fun and snacks were enjoyed together!

On Thursday, October 6, Senior Services began American Mahjong classes for the month. American Mahjong is a game played with tiles and typically has four players per game. The participants enjoyed the game so much that now Senior Services has added American Mahjong to their weekly schedule, playing at 1:00 pm each Tuesday afternoon.

Senior Writing Group met the first Thursday of the month and talked about different ways to journal and about expanding their writing skills. If you love to write, this is a class you will not want to miss. If you love to listen to heartfelt stories, this is a class you do not want to miss. As an observer, you may laugh or cry at the moving pieces written in this class. Marie Craig, instructor, offers years of experience and expertise in the field of writing.  She is so motivating, will boost your inspiration, and will help you find exactly what you need to continue your creative writing!

On Friday, October 7, Davie County Senior Services joined forces with the Davie County Public Library for Crafternoon where participants created canning ring pumpkins. These little pumpkins are so cute and perfect for decorating for the Autumn season.

On Monday, October 10, Julie Cartner instructed a class on Needle Felting, a SilverArts activity, and the results were so cute. The class made needle felted owls, and everyone really enjoyed the time together.

On Tuesday, October 11, Senior Services offered a seminar on Breast Cancer Awareness for Breast Cancer Month. This presentation was given by Jacqueline Doucette, FNP-C, from Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and was very informational and well received by everyone in attendance.

The Coffee and Caregiving Group met twice in October on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 10:00 AM. This is a group is a safe place for caregivers to meet with one another and with Services Coordinator, Kelly Sloan, to share experiences about caregiving.

On Friday, October 14, Dr. Danny Cartner began another knitting class! This class is for both beginning and intermediate knitters, and they are enjoying learning together. They meet every Friday from 9 am to 11 am. This class makes beautiful items and loves to show off their awesome work! There will be another class starting next quarter, and you don’t want to miss it!

On Monday, October 17, Senior Services held a Domestic Violence Awareness “Put a Nail in It” event where Davie Center for Violence Prevention’s Brandi Patti spoke about different types of Domestic Violence and participants painted one fingernail purple to spread awareness for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

On Monday, October 17, Senior Services also held their monthly movie that featured a great film about ghosts and girlfriends and was well attended by participants.

On Tuesday, October 18, Senior Services held their Tech Tuesday in partnership with Davie County Public Library. This class is offered once a month, and Rachel Nelson shares tips and tricks and helps individuals with their tech questions such as phone ring tones, typing, and more.  Starting in January, the class will increase to twice per month.

On Thursday, October 20, Senior Services met at the Davie County Public Library for the Senior Book Club lead by Genny Hinkle. This group meets the third Thursday of each month and reads daring new novels and discusses them together. The group would love to have new members, so do not hesitate to reach out to Senior Services for more information.

Thursday, October 20 was also a great day because Senior Services held their monthly bingo, but this time it was held on Purple Thursday, participants were asked to wear purple to spread awareness for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This bingo event was sponsored by Caudell Lumber Company and had a great turnout.

The next day, Friday, October 21st, Senior Services headed over to the Davie County Public Library for another successful Crafternoon event titled, Crafting with Resin, where participants made resin bookmarks. The bookmarks turned out so beautifully! Crafternoon meets twice a month on Fridays and seniors are invited to participate in the events!

What’s Cooking: Foods, Fads, and Helpful Home Hacks met on Monday, October 24 and learned all about grapes! The participants tried a grape slicer for the first time, frozen grapes, and grape sorbet! There were mixed feelings on the frozen grapes, but overall, the class enjoyed learning about grapes. This group meets the 4th Monday of each month and has a joyous time learning together!

On Tuesday, October 25 the Theatre Club, led by Mike Garner, met at the senior center and discussed the plays they plan to see in December. If you are interested in joining the theatre club, they would love to have you! They meet the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Senior Services Main Campus.

Additionally, on Tuesday, October 25, Senior Services held their quarterly Veteran’s Social where Diabetes Educator, Cindy Dillard, joined the veterans for a wonderful presentation about Diabetes and how to eat healthy ways. The next Veteran’s Social will take place on January 31st at 1:00 pm, and the presenter will be Thao Sommerville, a Vietnam escapee, with a story you do not want to miss. All veterans should make sure to mark your calendars now!

On Wednesday, October 26, Senior Services started the Fall Fitness Frenzy, a four week event that focuses on strength, healthy eating, and staying healthy throughout the holiday season. This class leads up to Thanksgiving and is helping participants to stay on track and focus on their goals!

Thursday, October 27, brought about the Good Health Club! This club meets the 4th Thursday of each month and focuses on different fruits or vegetables along with light exercises. This month, UNCC Intern, Wade Peddycord taught the class about Dragon Fruit and Artichokes! The event was delightful and the participants ate new foods they did not know about before.

Also on Thursday, October 27, Kelly Sloan, Services Coordinator, held the quarterly Memory Café. This event is for caregivers to bring their loved one and participate in an activity together. At this event, they decorated Halloween Cookies together and enjoyed socializing with each other. The next Memory Café will be coming up in February, so keep your eyes open for this experience with your loved one!

To close out the month of October, Senior Services held a fabulous Halloween Party with almost 90 in attendance. The participants dressed up in their best Halloween Costume and were judged by their peers to pick the top four winners. The winners included: Diane Cannaday, Hazel Dillard, Paige Whaley, and Reba Holt. Following the contest, Sandi Winston shared Candy Trivia with the group. Following trivia, the group enjoyed Halloween tunes along with Halloween themed snacks!

Wow! What a month at Senior Services! Upcoming in November and December there are great activities to attend that you don’t want to miss! Call Senior Services now to register for any of the upcoming events that include Tech Tuesdays, Senior Writing Group, Jigsaw Free for All, Theatre Club, the Good Health Club, What’s Cooking, the Christmas Party, and so much more! You can reach Senior Services at 336-753-6230.  

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