VPAS Rockingham News
On February 26, Sondra Pelletier with the Alzheimer’s Association provided a presentation to ERSC titled Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters. The 10 signs included: memory changes that disrupt daily life, confusion with time and place and decreased or poor judgment. Seventeen members and guests enjoyed and were very involved with the presentation. Members had the opportunity to ask questions and received handouts on Alzheimer’s disease.
The Senior Transportation Program trip planned to go to Walmart in Staunton for today, March 4, 2014, was cancelled due to poor road conditions. It has been rescheduled for March 11, 2014. The van will pick up riders at the Highland Library at 9 AM and the McDowell Presbyterian Church at 9:30AM next Tuesday.
Van driver Wes Maupin has agreed to drive people who walk to the library and/or do not have transportation home with their groceries. He has is also agreed to help those who need help shopping due to vision or physical challenges. Should an individual need to be picked up at their home they will need to contact me, Harmony at 468-2178 to discuss details.
The transportation program is for people over 60 who may or may not have a car and are still able to drive. The cost for round trip is only $2 per person!
Individuals and groups wishing to participate in the transportation program should contact Harmony at 468-2178.
Rose showed members some of his very first work that was published when he was in the fifth grade. He also showed a number of examples of his work as an editorial cartoonist. Quite a few laughs were heard as Rose was able to set the stage culturally for the cartoons that he showed us.
Rose also took some time to draw a caricature of President Obama and the Snuffy and Loweezy characters from his cartoon for us to have at the center.
This program was enjoyed by a large crowd at TBSC of 28 members and staff!
Cindy previously worked at Sentara RMH most recently with the Hospice and Palliative Care program as Operations Coordinator. In that role she held numerous responsiblities including working closely with Hospice volunteers, leading volunteer training and coordinating volunteer events. She was also responsible for supervising the nursing assistants and providing training programs.
Monday was a busy day at Price Rotary Senior Center as we welcomed Pam Hyser and her 4-year-old preschool class from Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation.
The 10 children came and entertained us with two songs about winter and then joined us in making a snowflake craft. The children were wonderful and the members seemed to love the interaction!
We have planned another time to have the two groups together to further this intergenerational relationship.
Thursday Jan 30th, Timberville Broadway Senior Center attended a Fraud and Scam prevention program hosted by Rockingham County Recreation.
This program given by Tabitha Hensley, Social Services, and Mike Brown, Sherriff’s office, focused not only on preventing fraud and scams but also on what you can do if you do fall into the trap of a scam.
This well-attended program was a little later in the afternoon and so TBSC members and staff adjusted their schedule to be a part of this program.
In January Price Rotary Senior Center members took the time to set some health goals for 2014.
With resolutions being something that doesn’t seem to be sustained, we took another approach. Using the action plan concept taught in CDSME, members have written down health goals of they want to achieve in 2014. Each of these goals was talked about in the framework of the action plan. That framework is: What do you want to do? How many times will you do that activity? How many minutes will you do that activity? Where can you do this activity?
We will check back periodically to see how this is working.
Alzheimer’s Association volunteer, Kate Fraleigh, presented to Timberville Broadway Senior Center and Price Rotary Senior Center on Feb. 5 about “Knowing the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s.”
Despite the weather a good group of members and staff were on hand to hear the information. Ms. Fraleigh spoke not only of the warning signs but also about things to do to catch early signs of the disease. Ms. Fraleigh additionally spoke about and gave examples of telling the difference between being normally forgetful and Alzheimers.
We appreciate Ms. Fraleigh’s time and energy sharing about Alzheimer’s.
On Friday, Jan. 10, representatives from three local Cargill facilities presented the Valley Program for Aging Services Harrisonburg-Rockingham region with a check for $3,375 to help feed older adults in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area through Meals on Wheels.
The three local facilities, Cargill Timberville, Cargill Dayton, and Cargill Distribution Center, each made a donation to VPAS Meals on Wheels totaling $2,250. Cargill Foundation matched the gift with an additional $1,125 for a total donation of $3,375. This donation will provide 35 home-bound older adults with noon meals five days per week for one month.
Alan Shelton, an employee in the Timberville facility and member of the TBSC Local Council, requested a donation from their employee led Cargill Cares Council. The Council agreed to make a donation, and suggested that VPAS ask Cargill Dayton and Cargill Distribution Center to make a donation too. “Together we can do so much more” states Shelton. Once all three had agreed to make a gift, Shelton applied to the Cargill Foundation for a matching grant.
- Valley Exxon Donated $220 In Gift Cards
- Christmas Tea kicked off the Holiday Season at Price Rotary Senior Center
- JMU Sorority Raised Money for Meals
- Timberville Broadway Senior Center Advisory Council Meets
- Price Rotary Senior Center Celebrated Thanksgiving Potluck Style
- Price Rotary Senior Center Local Council Meets
- Balloon Volleyball a Hit at Timberville Broadway Senior Center
- Dale McAlister Presented Local History to TBSC and PRSC
- RMH Senior Advantage Presented Gluten Free to Timberville Broadway Senior Center
- Miniature Scenes Demonstrated at Price Rotary Senior Center