VPAS Rockingham News

Healthy Eating Program Presented to Timberville Broadway Senior Center and Price Rotary Senior Center

Mariah Fortman, an intern with Valley Program for Aging Services and a senior at James Madison University presented a Healthy Eating Program this past Wednesday for Timberville Broadway Senior Center and Price Rotary Senior Center.

Mariah touched on a lot of important topics for our Senior Center. The centers worked on how to properly read a nutrition label, and how to get the adequate nutrients from the food they buy. A fun game was played to determine appropriate portion sizes, and the members enjoyed the interactive, yet informative game. The program ended with a taste of some homemade apple chips, and a conversation on how to cook and buy food for one.

Many of the members offered some of their own tips on how to buy food on a budget, which lead to good conversation and participation from all. This is part one of two that Mariah will be presenting to TBSC and PRSC members.

More online at www.ValleyProgramforAgingServices.com.

Volunteer Appreciation at Timberville Broadway Senior Center

vol app cropped and resizedThe rain couldn’t stop us from celebrating our volunteers today at the Timberville Broadway Senior Center.

It was a wonderful luncheon dedicated to thanking our many volunteers for the time they have given to us. There was a great turn out, with a total of fifty people in attendance. The luncheon was centered on the theme, “Heart of a Volunteer,” which highlighted the volunteers’ compassion, dedication, and importance to the success of this center.

There were three brief presentations about Valley Program for Aging Services. One of which included Beth Bland, Regional Director of VPAS. Beth provided a synopsis of the number of meals delivered and the total volunteer hours, which hit home just how much our volunteers mean to us. Joyce Nussbaum also presented on the Chronic Disease Self-Management Education class offered through VPAS, and the value of spreading the word of this free service. Our last speaker was Kathryn Coit, who spoke about the SNAP program and ways to access these services. Overall, it was a great morning with great people, and many thanks of appreciation were exchanged.

We would also like to thank Alan Shelton of Cargill for donating meat and cheese and to Aramark for donating the Vegetable Soup for the luncheon. Thanks to Advisory Council members David Burrough, Donna Brown and Alan Shelton for helping to serving the meal! And finally a very special thanks to the TBSC members and staff that helped with the set up and clean up!

More online at www.TimbervilleBroadwaySeniorCenter.org.

Shroud of Turin Presentation at Price Rotary Senior Center

On Monday, April 7, the Price Rotary Senior Center welcomed Dr. Ray Schneider to talk to our members about the mysterious Shroud of Turin.

Schneider is a retired professor from Bridgewater College who taught mathematics and computer science, and spends much of his time researching about the Shroud of Turin. The Shroud of Turin is has been described to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, however there are many skeptics out there who are not quite sure what to believe.

A significant amount of research has been conducted on this topic, and Schneider presented these findings from both the faith prospective, and the eye of reason prospective.

The PRSC members showed much interest in the topic, and were excited to listen to his presentation.

Golden Agers Learned About VPAS Services

Beth Bland, HR RD, spoke to the Golden Agers about VPAS services offered in HR on March 26. This group meets on a monthly basis at St. James United Methodist Church in Harrisonburg and has existed for over 20 years. Approximately 50% of the members do not attend the hosting church.

Most of the attendees had heard of VPAS but were not familiar with the multitude of services offered. The presentation included discussion about volunteer opportunities. The group was very engaged and asked many of questions.

March for Meals 5K

march for mealsThe third annual March for Meals was held on Saturday March 28. Approximately 35 walkers and runners participated in the 5K despite chilly weather and the threat of rain.

The event is held by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi sorority at James Madison University as a fundraiser for the VPAS Meals on Wheels program. Over $900 was raised by the event.

A number of restaurant nights are held in conjunction with the 5K to raise additional funds.

Beth Bland, HR RD, and Ada Longenecker, Case Manager, attended the event.

Timberville Broadway Senior Center Advisory Council Met March 20

Timberville Broadway Senior Center Advisory Council met on Thursday, March 20. The Council approved Alan Shelton, as the new Chairperson for the Council. As a way of getting to know the members of the Advisory Council better, Alan invited each of us to share something about us that most people would not know. This provided for some unique discussion.

The Advisory Council heard an update from Regional Director, Beth Bland. Beth updated us on the Annual Report, the latest variance report and also shared with us the funding requests that have been submitted to the local governments. The Council also started processing what it means to be more of a directing and decision making group.

Price Rotary Senior Center Local Council Meets

Price Rotary Senior Center Local Council met Monday, March 24. They were pleased to welcome Bill Greene as a new member to the Council.

The Advisory Council heard an update from Regional Director, Beth Bland. Beth updated members on the Annual Report, the latest variance report and also shared the funding requests that have been submitted to the local governments.

The Council also started processing what it means to be more of a directing and decision making group. One of the first decisions was to go to meeting on a monthly basis in order to effectively manage the new expectations. A second step was to explore publicity for the Senior Center and the variety of ways that could be addressed. Further action, in regards to publicity, will come after the Center Director supplies information to the council about topics and programming ideas for the rest of the year.

Timberville Broadway Senior Center, Price Rotary Senior Center Updated on CDSME

Joyce Nussbaum, Chronic Disease Self Management Education Coordinator, presented to the members of TBSC and PRSC Wednesday morning.

Joyce was able to talk about new things happening with CDSME and to also reinforce the positive coping skills that CDSME teaches. During the presentation, Joyce asked the group to define Chronic Disease and then to name some of them. Within that discussion, one topic stood out as something that seemed to affect many members. Joyce and the group took that opportunity to problem solve that topic.

This was a perfect example of how the CDSME program works! Thanks, Joyce, for the program!

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