Brunswick Senior Buzz August 2021

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Brunswick Senior Buzz THE MONTHLY MAGAZINE OF BRUNSWICK SENIOR RESOURCES INC.

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Contents

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CONTENTS Letter from Southport ............................... 5 BSRI News ........................................... 6-7, 39 Prepare for Emergencies .......................... 8 Vereen Memorial Garden ....................... 10 Calabash Housing Plans ......................... 12 Bingo at Home ............................................ 14 In the Garden ............................................. 16 Read All About It ....................................... 17 Healthy Bites .............................................. 22 Puzzles ......................................................... 30 SHIIP .............................................................. 34 What’s for Lunch? ..................................... 38

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SENIOR SITE CALENDARS Boiling Spring Lakes ................................ 18 Calabash ....................................................... 19 Leland ........................................................... 23 Oak Island ..................................................... 26 Shallotte ....................................................... 27 Southport .................................................... 31 Supply ........................................................... 35

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Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. 3620 Express Dr., P.O. Box 2470, Shallotte, NC 28459

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(910) 754-9269 Fax | Office Hours 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

· Jim Fish, President & CEO · Yvette Gosline, Chief Operating Officer · Jennifer Sherman, Vice President of Human Services · Melody Stephens, Director of Operations · Courtney Bledsoe, Director of Corporate Strategy · Debra Marlowe, Organizational Development Coordinator · Sarah Powell, Director of Volunteer Services · Mallory Balice, Wellness Program Manager · Anita Langin, Accounting Technician · Eddie Jackson, IT and Compliance Technology · Derissa Gore, Case Management Support Specialist · Mike McGurn, Manager of Thrift Store Operations

· Chauvet “Mel” Jackson, Operations Technician · Justin Benoy, Project Technician BSRI C /S S · Victoria Hine, Ash and Shallotte · Mary Green, Boiling Spring Lakes · Holley Norris, Calabash · Amy Segen, Calabash · René Tarquinio, Calabash · Ellen Kleinerman, Calabash · Carol Schotter, Calabash · Teresa Muchler-Nogli, Calabash · Doug Russell, Calabash · Veronica Lett-McGee, Leland · Brttany Steinkamp, Leland · Marilou Smith, Leland · Shelley Cooper, Leland · Sandy Porcaro, Leland · Janyce Jones, Leland

· Pat Green, Leland · Teresa Nelson, Shallotte · Blair Stanley, Shallotte · Laura Collins, Shallotte · Brenda Ambrose, Shallotte · Justin Josephon, Shallotte · Tonya Barnes, Shallotte · Braden Greene, Floater · Beverly Bridgers, Southport · Melissa Catlett, Southport · Jackie Knott, Southport · Vaughn Hatley, Southport · Casey Freed, Southport · Marilyn Stevens, Southport · Melissa Starr, Supply · Jillian Hardin, Supply · Gloria Pieczarka, Supply · Tikila Morgan, Supply · Sherry Confer, Supply

Financial informa on about this organiza on and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicita on Licensing Branch at 919‐814‐5400. The license is not an endorsement by the state.


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Contributors

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Cover photographer Carmen Albertolli Daughtry Is a na ve of Argen na and an award‐winning photographer who has par cipated in regional, na onal, and interna onal photo compe ons and been published in several magazines. A member of the Photographic Society of America, the Coastal Carolina Camera Club, Seacoast Ar sts Guild, and the Brunswick Arts Council, Carmen lives in Calabash, North Carolina. See more of Carmen’s work at www.seacoastar stsguild.com/ new‐ar sts‐and‐artwork. Joan Leo a has been playing with words on page and stage since her childhood in Pi sburgh. Her poetry and essays appear in many publica ons. Her four historical fic on novels feature strong women in mes of U.S. wars, and her poetry chapbook, Languid Lusciousness with Lemon, was recently released. Join Joan on page 10 for a leisurely trip to a shady local park. Pat Naughton and his family moved from Richmond, Va. to Winding River Planta on in Brunswick County in 2017 a er Pat re red as a mechanical engineer at a nuclear power plant. He has been an avid gardener for 35 years and is a Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. Find Pat foraging for salad in his own back yard on page 16. Donna Ruth Morgan volunteers with Friends of the Library in Southport and Oak Island, Boiling Spring Lakes Library Commission, Brunswick County Library Board of Trustees, and the N.C. Friends of the Public Library. She inherited a love of reading and shares that enjoyment with her four children and three grandchildren. Donna highlights all‐new books from 2021 on page 17.

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BSRI STAFF MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Beverly Bridgers Nutrition Coordinator, The Brunswick Center at Southport As nutrition coordinator, Beverly Bridgers coordinates and maintains congregate and home-delivered meals, obtains and enters client documents, trains and schedules volunteers, and assists the cook as needed with food prep, cooking, and cleanup. “As Beverly's supervisor, I have to say she is a rock star and an amazing nutrition coordinator. We are so fortunate to have her superhero capabilities here in our Southport center,” says Southport Center Director Melissa Catlett. Beverly was born and raised in Southport. Her first job was as a waitress in a restaurant her dad managed there. “I was probably around 12 years old,” she says. You may not know that Beverly was a bridge operator in Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, and Sunset Harbor for a short while in the 1980s. “That was before the big span bridges were built, of course!” she says. Beverly is the proud parent of a rescued cat named Freedom and adopted mom to a wonderfully entertaining African Grey Parrot named Reilly. She prefers paper books over Kindle, pepperoni over plain, and for the record, her favorite cookie is White Chocolate Macadamia Nut.


Letter from Southport

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ABOUT THE COVER

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Happiness Happens

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recently read, “Some people could be given an entire field of roses and only see the thorns in it. Others could be given a single weed and only see the wildflower in it. Perception is a key component to gratitude. And gratitude is a key component to joy.”

Photo by Carmen Daughtry

Carmen Daughtry took this summery photo of the sunrise on Sunset Beach—you can almost feel the heat of the day star ng. In the background you may catch a glimpse of The Isles Restaurant on the west end of Ocean Isle Beach. Read more about Daughtry and her work on page 4.

BRUNSWICK SENIOR BUZZ EDITOR Shelagh Clancy buzz@bsrinc.org (910) 622-1036 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mallory Balice, Melissa Catlett, Casey Freed, Beth Klahre, Joan Leotta, Donna Ruth Morgan, Pat Naughton, Sandy Porcaro, Marilou Smith, René Tarquinio CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Carmen Daughtry, Jillian Hardin, Joan Leotta, Veronica Lett-McGee, Teresa Nelson, Holley Norris, Amy Segen ADVERTISING SALES (910) 754-2300 Anita Langin alangin@bsrinc.org Shelagh Clancy buzz@bsrinc.org © 2020 Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. All rights reserved

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In essence, this quote is saying that people are only as happy as they want to be. August is National Happiness Happens month. Joy can be found anywhere. Everywhere. Sometimes we must look pretty hard for it, but it is there for the taking. Abraham Lincoln once said, “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

A Challenging Time The past year and a half has had plenty of horrible times, sadness, fear, and frustration. We have lost loved ones, seen others’ conditions deteriorate, said goodbye to those who moved away. Compounded by isolation and having the center closed, happy times seemed a distant memory. It was difficult for staff to come into an empty building, devoid of the happy sounds of our beloved participants. The building itself felt sad. Fast forward to June 7. Opening the front door at 8 a.m. was like the first day of school, knowing I would see all of our dear friends again. With the opening of the door, laughter and happiness filled our halls and our hearts again. It felt like all was right with the world, finally. Smiling faces and catching up with loved ones breathed new life

Melissa Catle , Director The Brunswick Center at Southport

into this center. My gratitude is never-ending for the ability to be able to reopen.

Happiness Begets Happiness A grateful heart will bring about happiness every time. Even in the midst of great loss, there is always something to be grateful for. Happiness begets happiness. Oprah Winfrey said that it was not until she learned to be happy that good things started happening to her. These days, it feels more important than ever to have smiles, hugs, laughter, closeness, and yes, happiness. If you are struggling in your pursuit of happiness, here are some self-help books you could try: The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, and Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. After all, happiness is a choice, and an excellent one.


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BSRI News

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BSRI Thrift Stores

Does Memory Loss Affect You, Your Family, or Your Friends? Researchers at the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest School of Medicine are conducting research on Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans. Alzheimer’s affects African Americans twice as much as other races.

SHOP our BSRI thrift stores for the best selection! Two locations:

10001 Beach Dr. Calabash 5302 Main Street Shallotte DONATE your extra items to help senior programs and services in Brunswick County! For free pickup, call (910) 712-6458 VOLUNTEER at our thrift stores— it’s fun! Apply online at www.bsrinc.org/volunteers.html

Today, there is no cure We are seeking families where two or more family members are affected with memory loss or dementia. Study participants are not required to travel and they receive monetary compensation.

Help Us Find a Cure Contact us today if you are interested in our study or wish to refer someone. For more information, call (336) 713-7600 or email tdstarks@wakehealth.edu.


BSRI News

By Marilou Smith Patient Assistance Program Coordinator

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efore purchasing your dream vehicle, you compare prices to see which dealership has the best price. The same thing should apply to your medications. You do not want to be stuck with a high car payment; the same goes for your medication needs.

have the same active ingredients. That means they will have the same efficacy for treating your condition. The only difference is the cost.

Most physicians are aware that some medications are more expensive than others. It is important to ask for a similar medication that will cost you a little less. Your health care provider will be able to advise you in this.

Prescription discount cards, like GoodRx, Walmart $4-dollar list, and ACRX card, can help you reduce prices up to 80 percent. These are free and easy to use.

For routine medications, you may want to consider 90-day refills. They can help reduce price and add convenience. SHIIP can assist you with this information.

Prescription Assistance Programs (PAPs) support people who require medication but are unable to afford it. There are more than 300 manufacturer’s programs to assist.

Whether you are covered by insurance through your employer or with Medicare Part D, your plan dictates your deductible, what drugs are covered, and your copay at the pharmacy counter.

Generic and brand-name drugs

and your medications are sky high? SHIIP can help you lower the cost by applying for a low-income subsidy. If your income is higher than the low-income limits, then the Patient Assistance Program will be more than happy to help. For more information, contact Marilou Smith at (910) 754-6559 or msmith@bsrinc.org.

Do you have a critical diagnosis

Tropical storms and hurricanes are part of life in Brunswick County. To help you prepare for emergencies and bad weather, the Buzz has a couple of storm-related stories this month. See our emergency preparedness info on pages 8 and 9, and get some tips on stocking your pantry (and more) on page 22. At left is a photo of Tropical Storm Elsa sneaking in, captured by Supply Assistant Director Jillian Hardin.


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By Sandy Porcaro BSRI Case Manager, Leland

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SRI works to promote the well-being of all seniors in Brunswick County, including in times of emergency,” says Sandy Porcaro, BSRI lead case manager for disaster preparedness. In this role, Porcaro manages tasks and preparation before, during, and after a hurricane to ensure the safety of seniors in our community. The case management team and center staff work together to prepare for a weather event. The team takes inventory of our supplies available at our centers: cases of water, pet food, cleaning supplies, paper products, and other necessities. Additional supplies are ordered and kept at each center, available to distribute to seniors in need following an emergency. The food pantry also provides food boxes for the homebound or those with food insecurity.

Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Brunswick Family Assistance, Red Cross, and many others to ensure information and resources are shared about shelter locations, transportation resources, food banks, weather updates, closures, and more.

BSRI is part of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD). VOAD promotes coordination among agencies and fosters more effective delivery of services in a disaster. The goal is for community agencies to work together to meet community needs. VOAD will host a disaster expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 28 at St. Brendan’s Church in Shallotte to provide information to the community about resources available during an emergency. Participants include the Red Cross, Brunswick

Family Assistance, Legal Aid, Brunswick Housing Opportunities, Emergency Management, and more. Before an emergency, the BSRI case management team reaches out to senior clients to ensure they are safe, disseminate information and resources, answer phone calls, plan for center closures and distribution of meals, and work with family members to ensure the safety of their loved ones. During an emergency, staff continues to work as safety allows from the office or home managing requests for information and supplies. After the event, case managers collaborate with other community organizations to assess the damage, determine where the needs lie, and assist with recovery.

If you have additional needs or

The case management team identifies vulnerable clients in our community who may need additional assistance during a hurricane or other weather event. Before an emergency, case managers reach out to vulnerable clients to ensure they have a plan in place, the support of family, or a way to get to a shelter if necessary. We stay in contact with other community organizations to share the latest information. The case management team collaborates with emergency management services,

At the Leland senior center, emergency supplies begin to stockpile. These supplies can be distributed if needed in emergencies.


BSRI News know you will require support before, during, and after an emergency event, register with the Access and Functional Needs Program. This registry assists clients in creating personal emergency plans and will contact you when an emergency event has triggered an evacuation for the community. If you need additional assistance and would like to register or have questions, call (910) 253-5383 or register online at forms.brunswickcountync.gov/ forms/accessneeds.

The best way to prepare for an emergency is to be prepared. Many websites can provide you with information and resources. Check out the following: 

Fema.gov

www.redcross.org

readync.org

flood.nc.gov

BSRI wants our participants, volunteers, and staff to be safe, so we shut down during hazardous weather. Here’s how to find out what’s going on during a storm: 

BSRI uses a mass notification system for emergency announcements regarding our operations. All active participants will receive automatic notifications by telephone, cellphone, text, or email. Check the BSRI homepage at www.bsrinc.org.

Sandy Porcaro, Case Manager at the Brunswick Center at Leland, presents information about BSRI and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) at the Oak Island disaster expo in June. 

Check local radio and television stations, especially WECT Channel 6 or FM radio station 102.7 GNI. Check the WECT website list of business closures.

You can also call (910) 754-2300; but please read or listen to all notifications before contacting BSRI. Volunteers and staff may not be available to answer inquiries during an emergency.

If we expect bad weather, MOW will deliver shelf-stable or frozen meals in advance when possible. Meals on Wheels (MOW) participants will receive a notification as long as we have their phone number and they do not choose to unsubscribe. MOW clients may also check WECT or GNI or the BSRI website for updates (www.bsrinc.org).

If you have trouble with health or transportation during severe weather, these numbers may help: 

Emergency: 911

Brunswick County Office of Emergency Management: 910-253-5383 or www.brunswickes.com. Find information about shelter locations, evacuation routes, and updates.

www.bsrinc.org

Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC): 1-800842-5871 or 910-754-4391

BEMC Outage Reports: 1-800-682-5309

Atlantic Telephone: 910-754-4311

Local municipalities: www.brunswickcountync.gov/ info/municipalities/


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Out and About

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A Favorite August Escape By Joan Leotta

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ugust is hot, humid, and beautiful here in Brunswick County. Our broad expanse contains grasses, forests, and water, and a plethora of wonderful birds who live among those landscapes. In August, the crape myrtles and many other flowers fill the air and open space with sweet aromas and eye-catching beauty. And then of course, there is the ocean. In Brunswick County most people are within an hour of the ocean and many live either in sight of it, or just a few minutes from the relaxing rhythm of its waves and the grandeur of its blue green stopped only by the blue cloud-bearing sky. What is not so lovely in August, for those of us who live here, is that the strip of sandy beach that we walk and use as a point of departure to swim and sail those waters, is, in August, crowded with vacationers. It lacks parking, and even if we do get there, is often host to multiple tents and beach towels from early dawn until dusk.

Gardens, in South Carolina just below the state and county line. It’s not a beach—it’s a place along the Intracoastal Waterway. There is a cemetery (Revolutionary War Era) on the way to the parking area, but mostly it’s a place to enjoy water views, perhaps have a picnic on one of the several tables there, and walk along its handicappedaccessible boardwalk to splendid views of grasses, live oaks, birds, and few other people. The park is on the Intracoastal Waterway in Little River on 115 acres of forest and marshland. There are three miles of nature trails and boardwalks through botanical gardens and along the waterfront. A small segment of the original Kings Highway, a colonial route between Boston and Charleston, still remains

at the front of the property, behind the C.B. Berry Community Center.

Venture to the Parks Brunswick County itself has many parks, several with water views. On Oak Island there’s a park near the ocean itself, and in Southport one can enjoy the Cape Fear River and look out beyond to the ocean. There are parks where you can set out on the waterway in a kayak, places where you can exercise, or just sit under a tree. Some are nature parks; others have playing fields and amphitheaters. The best place to find a park near you is to go to the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation website or Facebook page, or give them a call and tell them what you are looking for.

A Beach Alternative There are days when it’s worth it to stake out a spot of our own, but on some days, when we seek the solace of water and wish for less crowded ways to enjoy it, I recommend a spot just a few miles to our south: Vereen Memorial Historical

Brunswick Nature Park, 2601 River Road in Winnabow, is one of Brunswick County’s parks to the north. It offers a mix of vegeta on, wildlife, wetlands, and waterways, with a kayak launch site, a picnic pavilion, and miles of hiking and biking trails.


Out and about

Photo by Joan Leotta

Above: Driving into Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens is a path to a soothing August escape. Right: Trees overlook marshland at Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens.

Photo by Joan Leotta


BSRI News

This rendering by MPG (Mann Parsons Gray) Architects is a preliminary drawing of the apartment complex planned for the property behind the Brunswick Center at Calabash.

By Shelagh Clancy

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runswick County seniors need housing, and Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. (BSRI) is helping to get it for them, starting with a special project in Calabash. “Census information shows the need for housing for our seniors. According to the latest data, Brunswick County has over 150,000 residents, of which 55 percent are over the age of 50, and projections show that our population will grow 32 percent over the next 10 years. This information paired with the limited housing options for older adults is motivating BSRI to take action,” says BSRI Director of Corporate Strategy Courtney Bledsoe. “We know there is a major need. Many people are living with a

friend or family member. Their immediate needs aren’t being met.” The few area complexes that offer affordable apartments for seniors have a substantial waiting list. Centrally-located senior housing can concentrate transportation services, provide better access to medical and emergency services, and help seniors age in place.

BSRI and Brunswick County leaders want to address the housing need in a practical, sustainable way. “Behind the Calabash Senior Center is a 15-acre parcel, and adjacent to that is another 23-acre parcel,” Bledsoe says. So BSRI, backed by private equity investors, is developing an independent living

facility. Proximity to the Calabash senior center means residents will have access to meals, activities, and services. The location in central Calabash offers shopping and recreation within walking distance. The Town of Calabash has given the green light for construction on the 15-acre property behind the senior center. Preliminary plans call for a new 136-unit apartment complex, with a 74-unit three-story apartment building alongside multifamily, ranch-style buildings of four, six, or eight units. The apartments in the 74-unit building will be one or two bedrooms, about 700 to 1,000 square feet. “Amenities will be comparable to other communities,” Bledsoe says, “including indoor and outdoor public space, walking trails, and more.”


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And residents will be right behind the Brunswick Center at Calabash, with all their programs and services that support seniors. “We would be the people they would come to,” she says.

Making Housing Affordable The as-yet-unnamed housing complex, unlike other BSRI projects, will not be a nonprofit venture. There are several reasons for that.

BSRI News living facility.” The community will include a mix of incomes. The market-rate rents and economies of scale allow the development to pay eventually for itself, while returning money to the community in the form of taxes and adding a pleasant, attractive development to the site.

Where It Stands

BSRI will share ownership with a group of investors. BSRI will manage day-to-day operations and pay taxes on the property. And BSRI will charge market-rate rents, which will help to offset costs for less affluent seniors.

MPG (Mann Parsons Gray) Architects has drawn up preliminary plans for the buildings, and Norris and Tunstall Consulting Engineers of Wilmington are also at work on the project. Builders and contractors are interviewing now. BSRI hopes to break ground this fall and complete the project in fall 2022.

“Many people don’t qualify for programs such as tax credit properties, even if they make just $1 more than the income limit,” Bledsoe says. “We hope to provide a niche between those properties and a highend retirement community or assisted

When the 15-acre project is complete, BSRI will begin developing the adjacent 23-acre parcel. The need is there. And when it’s successful, BSRI intends to create a spectrum of affordable housing options throughout Brunswick County.

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BSRI HOUSING IMPACT BSRI is working to create 1,500 housing units in Brunswick County. 1,500 represents only 1% of the county’s population. Brunswick County’s population is expected to grow by 32% over the next 10 years.

Preliminary plans by MPG (Mann Parsons Gray) Architects call for a new 136‐unit apartment complex, with a 74‐unit three‐story apartment building alongside mul ‐family, ranch‐style buildings of four, six, or eight units. The apartments in the 74‐unit building will be one or two bedrooms, about 700 to 1,000 square feet.


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In Our Centers

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Let’s Play! By Beth A. Klahre

Themes Make the Day

ince August 2020, the Brunswick Senior Center at Supply has been interacting in a fun new way with homebound seniors who participate with the Meals on Wheels program. They are playing bingo. And it’s all being done remotely.

Even more enticing is the theme of the day which Confer imaginatively weaves into every recorded message. Past themes included history, weather, education, and cultural events like Black History Month and Women’s History Month. More senior-relevant themes included advocacy, such as Medicare

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Sherry Confer, front desk receptionist at the center, has been running the game. Here’s how it works: Every Meals on Wheels participant receives a paper bingo card from their volunteer mealdelivery driver. Each day, Confer records a message on the center’s group notification system (similar to a robo-call phone system). During that call, seniors hear the bingo letters and numbers for the day. When someone believes they have bingo, they call the center to confirm the numbers—and the chance to yell “bingo!” To date, the center has had at least one winner every month. Some months had two lucky winners. Confer messages everyone when there’s a winner and the game ceases for a week for prize delivery and to make new bingo cards.

scam alerts and heart health. And Confer throws in trivia and odd facts about North Carolina and Brunswick County for the curious. It was B-7 on National Hot Dog Day. B for bun! And G-59 on Hug Your Dog day. G for good boy! Confer says, “I try to make the recording cheerful and fun. I like to record the script in my own voice so there is better inflection, emphasis, and tone.” She’s the creative brain behind the themes and the recorded messages. And while this is just a game, some of the homebound seniors take it very seriously. Seriously fun, that is. Confer adds, “They call me if they missed a number. And they call me to let me know that I have called the same number twice in one game!”

Winner Takes All

Patrick Cooney was a recent winner of the Brunswick Center at Supply’s at‐home bingo game for seniors receiving Meals on Wheels.

Are there prizes? Of course! Many prizes have been live plants and a variety of lap throws. The prizes are also delivered by the Meals on Wheels delivery driver. Brunswick Senior Center at Supply director Melissa Starr loves how Confer has engaged with the


In Our Centers seniors. “Sherry does a fantastic job of making witty and chatty announcements,” Starr says. Listen in as Confer announces the bingo numbers: “Good morning everyone! I am excited to tell you that today is Thursday, May 6. It is International No Diet Day! Its original purpose was to encourage body acceptance and accept body-shape diversity. I think it's a great time to indulge in some tasty treats! So our bingo numbers today are I-23. I for Indulge. And G-51. G for goodies! Now, all of you on special diets need to be mindful today and not splurge too much! I'm going to go find me some yummy key lime pie! “Enjoy, everyone! Sherry.”

Confer started as a volunteer at the center providing administrative support to the staff. One of her major assignments was working on state certification requirements. During COVID, Confer continued volunteering in the kitchen by packing meals for both homebound seniors and curbside weekly congregate pickups. In November 2020, Confer applied for the part-time receptionist position she holds today. Starr says, “Our bingo game is a brief outreach conversation designed to stay in touch with our seniors not able to join us in the center. Folks have really enjoyed the ability to participate in bingo. They really feel a part of the center through this fun activity.” The program will continue throughout the year.

Above: Sherry Confer, front desk receptionist at the Brunswick Center at Supply, has been running a Bingo game for homebound seniors. Here’s how it works: Every Meals on Wheels participant receives a paper bingo card from their meal-delivery driver. Each day, Confer records a message on the center’s group notification system, letting them know that’s day’s number. When someone wins, they get to call in and yell, “Bingo!” Left: Magdalene Duran recently won a hanging plant playing bingo through the Supply center’s at-home bingo game.


In the Garden

By Pat Naughton

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here’s nothing as satisfying as growing your own food— unless it’s picking food that grew all by itself! From caveman days, humans have been foraging for the delicious foods that grow all around us. You can, too. Here are a few wild plants you’ll find in Brunswick County to make a tasty backyard salad.

established along the coast. In spring the tree is covered with bright purple blooms that taste like snow peas. They contain a large amount of vitamin C.

woods in spring. The blooms are edible and add color to the salad.

Oxalis has shamrock leaves which why it is commonly referred to as Good Luck Plant and Shamrock Plant. It grows in shady moist areas. The leaves, flowers, and roots are edible. This will give the salad a tangy flavor. It does contain oxalic acid, so use it sparingly. Chickweed is a typical weed found in landscapes. It makes a great base for the salad. The flowers, base, and stems are all edible. When the flowers are in full bloom, it is at its best state for eating. It tastes a lot like spinach.

All parts of the dandelion are edible. The yellow blossoms add some crunch to the salad. Pick the youngest, greenest leaves in the center. The leaves are bitter so use sparingly. If you can pick before the flower blooms, they’re sweeter.

In the spring these weeds appear in lawns as tall thin leaves in the spring. They can be used like chives in a salad. Redbud trees are native and abundant in in the Piedmont region of North Carolina and well

Wild violets can be found in the

Johnny Jump Ups are part of the pansy family. The flowers are edible and have a slight minty flavor. They contain saponins and could be toxic in large amounts; however, they are used as an anti-inflammatory and contain antioxidants. Be sure to thoroughly wash your plants before eating. For more information, watch this video by Travis Birdsell, County Extension Director and Extension Agent for Ashe, NC, and his daughter Alice. They forage the backyard for salad items. It can be found on YouTube (https:// www.youtube.com/watch? v=YWzlS88Td0w). Photos are from N.C. State Extension Plant Toolbox.


Read All About It

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ur August reviews examine two historical novels—one from World War I, the other World War II; a meaty book about DNA/RNA/ biomedical ethics; and a contemporary gothic. All these books were published in 2021 and are available at Brunswick County libraries. The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams features a group of male scholars compiling the Oxford Dictionary by deciding which words are worthy of inclusion. At their feet crouches young Esme, whose curiosity about discarded and overlooked words inspire her to become a voice for the disenfranchised, a rescuer of dismissed meanings. Historical fiction gives a glimpse into the churn of society on the brink of a new century and cataclysmic change: woman’s suffrage, the heartaches of the Great War, and shifting attitudes and values. Nutshell review: A novel to savor and re-read. The Code Breaker explores the mysteries of DNA and RNA uncovered by a genius cast of scientists. Dense topics of genomic research, CRISPR, and biotechnology are lightened by Walter Isaacson’s minibiographies of the prodigies who provided the breakthrough knowledge for COVID testing and vaccines. Nutshell review: Meet the winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and the torrent of ethical quandaries their discoveries unleashed.

London during World War II’s Blitz was a scary place and time, perfectly captured in The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin. This charming historical romance shows how a good book can provide escape from grim reality and can inspire us to rise above overwhelming challenges. The author’s thoughtful juxtapositions of love and loss, courage and cowardice, hope and horror will capture readers’ hearts. Nutshell review: Well-written, moving, great history and humanity. Set in the modern South, Rachel Hawkins’ The Wife Upstairs was touted as an update to classic thrillers Jane Eyre or Rebecca—the main similarities being intrusive rich people trying to hide nasty secrets, and disingenuous heroines. A wonderful distraction for the beach or poolside: a fast-moving drama populated by thoroughly unlikeable characters readers will love to hate. Nutshell review: Falls short of the inspiration behind them, but offers a twisty love triangle and some gothic elements.


Boiling Spring Lakes Senior Site BSRI Nutrition Program at Boiling Spring Lakes Parks & Recreation Department 1 Leeds Road Boiling Spring Lakes, NC 28461 910-363-0018

August 2021 Monday

BSRI Nutrition Program Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 910-754-2300 Program Information www.cityofbsl.org or 363-0018

*For more info call or email Sara at 910-363-0276 or sgoodwin@cityofbsl.org* **Schedule is Subject to Change** Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

2 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 12pm BSRI Lunch

3 10:15am Coffee Crew at The Office

4 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 12pm BSRI Lunch

5 10am Water Aerobics at Spring Lake $1.00

6 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 12pm BSRI Lunch

9 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 12pm BSRI Lunch

10 11am Local Trip TBD

11 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 12pm BSRI Lunch

12 10am Water Aerobics at Spring Lake $1.00

13 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 12pm BSRI Lunch

16 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 12pm BSRI Lunch

17 6:00pm Smores & More at The Office

18 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 12pm BSRI Lunch

19 10am Water Aerobics at Spring Lake $1.00

20 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 12pm BSRI Lunch

23 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 12pm BSRI Lunch

24 11am Bagged Lunch and a Movie: Movie TBD

25 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 12pm BSRI Lunch

26 10am Water Aerobics at Spring Lake $1.00

27 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 12pm BSRI Lunch

30 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 12pm BSRI Lunch

31 11am Kayaking


The Brunswick Center at Calabash 10050 Beach Dr. SW Calabash, NC 28467 910-754-7427

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Holley Norris, Director Amy Segen, Assistant Director

AUGUST WEEKLY ACTIVITY SCHEDULE MONDAYS

TUESDAYS

WEDNESDAYS

THURSDAYS

FRIDAYS

DAILY “Drop In” Activities: Reading, Coffee w/Friends (8A), Fitness Room, Table Games (2P-4P), Coloring, and more! No Symbol = No Fee (Contributions always appreciated); $ = Fee Associated ; ^ = Requires Advanced Registration; * = New Offering/Time 9:00

20/20/20

9:00

9:30

Coffee & Cards 9:30

10:30 Rummikub

Zumba GOLD

8:00

8:45

Word Games & Puzzles

Country Zumba $4

Zumba GOLD $4

9:00

20/20/20

8:45

Awesome Abs Workout via Zoom

10:00 Dominoes

9:00

Barre

9:30

Knit & Crochet Club

10:30 BINGO

9:30 Scrabble Club 10:15 Gentle Yoga 12:00 Lunch

12:00 Lunch

12:00 Lunch

12:00 Lunch

1:00

Craft

1:00

Blackjack

1:15

Drum Circle

12:30 Painter’s Group

1:30

Tai Chi

1:30

GeriFit

1:15

Mah Jongg

1:30

1:30

Afternoon Activity

12:00 Lunch 1:30

Corn Hole

GeriFit

AUGUST BONUS ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS! MONDAY

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• Community Service: Bookmarks for Kids 10:30 • Nutrition Chat w/ Mallory 12:15

WEDNESDAY

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• BP Checks w/ CommWell Health 11:00

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Community Service: Bookmarks for Kids 10:30AM

23 24 Formation of Coast Tech Assistance w/ Susan 10:30 Guard Presentation by Maritime Museum 10:00 30 NATIONAL BEACH DAY

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6 NATIONAL ROOT BEER FLOAT DAY

• Presentation w/ Det. Geiger (Brunswick Sheriff Office) 1:30

9 10 Tech Assistance w/ Susan 10:30 NATIONAL S’MORES DAY 17

THURSDAY

12

Make Your Own Clay Bowls 1:30

Benefits of Massage Therapy Presentation 1:30

13 ^Pine Needle Basket Weaving $22 *Sign up required* 12:30

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27 ^Pine Needle Basket Weaving $22 *Sign up required* 12:30

Cinema at the Center 1:30 25

Jewelry Making w/ Sandy 1:00

Want updates about Schedule Changes, Cancellations, Closings? Add your name to our ReGroup Notification list in the Front Lobby!


The Brunswick Center at Calabash 10050 Beach Dr. SW Calabash, NC 28467 910-754-7427

Holley Norris, Director Amy Segen, Assistant Director

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kelley from Brunswick County Emergency Services Photo by Holley Norris

Photo by Amy Segen

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” –Henry Ford

Photo by Holley Norris


The Brunswick Center at Calabash 10050 Beach Dr. SW Calabash, NC 28467 910-754-7427

Holley Norris, Director Amy Segen, Assistant Director

Join exercise instructor Kerry for Country Zumba Wednesdays at 8am $4 Fee

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Watch for information on “A Matter of Balance,” an evidence-based program focusing on fall prevention. Program to start in September 2021 Please see Amy for more information

Maritime Museum: The History of the Coast Guard Presentation Tuesday, August 24th at 10am in the Meeting Room

If you are in need of assistance with your phone or computer, Susan is here to help! Join her in the meeting room on: Monday, August 9th at 10:30am Monday, August 23rd at 10:30am

Join Donna for our Pine Needle Basket Weaving classes! She brings the materials & shows you how it’s done. Friday August 13th at 12:30pm Friday August 27th at 12:30pm $22 per person Prior registration is required—sign-up sheet is in the Art Studio.

BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY Presentation by: Brittany Stanley, LMBT Thursday, August 12th at 1:30PM Location: Meeting Room


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Healthy Bites

AUGUST 2021

Mother Nature Strikes Again! By Mallory Balice BSRI Wellness Program Manager

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isasters and emergencies can happen at any moment. It’s important for older adults to be prepared for natural disasters, including hurricanes and floods. When disaster strikes, you want to make sure you are ready Follow these essential tips to prepare for the next natural disaster.

Tomato and Cucumber Salad This low-calorie salad is easy to make! It’s perfect for a snack or a side dish.

Create an Emergency Kit:

4 tomatoes

Prepare at least a week of essentials such as water, nonperishable food items, medications, flashlights, batteries, a first-aid kit, and a battery-powered radio.

1 cup onion 2 cucumbers, chopped 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

Build a Support Network: Identify friends and family members to call on for help.

Develop a Plan: If you must evacuate, plan who will help you. Make an emergency contact list.

Salt and pepper to taste Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and top with basil leaves. Keep chilled. Nutrition Facts per 6 servings: Calories – 29 kcal; Carbohydrates – 5g; Fiber – 0.6g; Protein – 1.2g; Potassium – 206mg.

Familiarize Yourself with Shelters: Locate the nearest emergency shelter. Plan for alternative transportation.

Stock up on these foods: • Canned soups • Ready-to-eat canned foods such as tuna, chicken, fruits, vegetables • Canned ravioli • Dried fruit • Jerky • Protein bars • Peanut butter • Dry ready-to-eat cereal,

oats, or granola • Bread • Jelly • Nonperishable milk • Graham crackers • Nuts and seeds • Trail mix • Instant coffee • Bottled water

FOOD OF THE MONTH Tomato – Tomahto! A tomato is typically red, but it can also come in a variety of colors such as yellow, orange, and purple. It is considered a fruit because of its seeds and has a 95% water content. Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium and may reduce the risk of heart disease. Nutrition Facts for 1/2 cup of tomatoes: Calories: 16 kcal; Carbohydrates: 4g; Fiber: 1g; Protein: 0.8g; Sugar: 2.3g; Calcium: 9mg; Magnesium: 9mg; Potassium: 212mg; Vitamin A: 37mg.


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AUGUST 2021

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August 2021 ‐ Weekly Ac vity Schedule EVERY MONDAY

EVERY TUESDAY

EVERY WEDNESDAY EVERY THURSDAY

EVERY FRIDAY

Black = No Fee ; Green or $ = Fee Based Class; Red ^ = Requires Prior Sign Up Blue = New Offering/Time; Purple = Virtual/Online 9:30

9:00 9:30

*11:30a Lunch* 1-3p

9:30 10:00 10:30

TRX w/ Shianne^ Interval Training w/ Shianne 10:00 Painting w/ Bobbie 10:15 Bridge—Instruction for Beginners

Geri-Fit

Mah Jongg

*Chair Yoga* 9:00 Walking Group (virtual/in-person) 10:30 Line Dancing (Beg) 9:30 Chair Aerobics w/ Shianne 10:00 BINGO 9:00

(25 cents/card)

*11:30a Lunch* 1:00

Geri-Fit Crafts w/ Bobbie Line Dancing (Int)

*11:30a Lunch*

Sleep Mats

12:30 1:00

*11:30a Lunch*

Painting w/ Bobbie 1-4p Bridge

*11:30a Lunch*

Oil Painting w/ Tim

Class Rooms & Times Are Subject to Change. Look for Posted Flyers or Subscribe to Email Updates from LelandGeneral@bsrinc.org

August 2021 ‐ Monthly Calendar MONDAY 2

TUESDAY 3

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Bible Study 10:30a

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1st & 3rd Tues, 10:30: Bible Study 1st & 3rd Wed, 1-3pm: Hand & Foot Cards 2nd & 4th Thur, 10a: CG Support Grp 2nd Mon, 11:45a: Monthly Nutrition Ed. 3rd Tues, 10:30a: Hired Hands Concert

Hired Hands 10:30a

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1st Fri, (At Lunch): Mo. Birthday Celebration

1st & 3rd Fri, 9a-12p: Quilting Bee

13

CG Support Group 10a

Medicare Donuthole

Monthly & Semimonthly Events: Daily Announcements: During Lunch PRN

6 Birthday Celebration

12

Nutrition Ed.

FRIDAY Quilting Bee 9a

Hand & Foot 1p

11

10

THURSDAY 5

4 Bible Study 10:30a

9

WEDNESDAY

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18 19 20 Blood Pressure 10:30a Meet w/Case Mgr Quilting Bee 9a Vet Meet Up During lunch 12:30p Hand & Foot 1p 25

26 Coups for Troops 9:30

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3rd Wed., 10:30a: Blood Pressure Cks 3rd Thurs., 11:45a: Meet w/ Case Mgr Last Wed, 9:30a: Coups for Troops

Special Events & Presentations: 8/9: Medicare Donuthole with Marilou, 11a

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CG Support Group 10a

8/18: Veteran Meet Up, 12:30p

Center Hours

Mon - Fri 8a - 4p


The Brunswick Center at Leland 121 Town Hall Drive NE Leland, NC 28451 910-754-7701

Nutrition Education With Mallory

~An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ Veronica Lett-McGee, Director Brittany Steinkamp, Assistant Director

Center Hours Mon - Fri 8a - 4p

What’s the “Buzz” in Leland?!

Monday, 8/9/2021, 11:45a Friendship Hall August’s Topic: Healthy Food Shifts

Veteran’s Meetup Wednesday, 8/18/2021 @ 12:30 pm

Will be in the conference room Coup(on)s For Troops! Accepting coupons for troops’ families. Clipping and sorting service activity on every LAST Wednesday, 9:30a in the Friendship Hall

Join Crafts with Bobbie Wednesdays @ 10:00!

Medicare Donut Hole, Presentation by Marilou Rx Assistant Program Manager

Monday, 8/9/2021 @ 11a

National Senior Citizen’s Day is August 21st!

We’re Growing!! Many thanks to those of you who make the effort to park a little farther away from the entrances when attending the active exercise classes. We like to leave the closest spots for our folks with mobility concerns or who use assistive devices such as walkers and wheelchairs. We Appreciate You!

Hired Hands is BACK! Performing third Tuesdays in Friendship Hall @10:30 am, 8/17/2021


The Brunswick Center at Leland

AUGUST 2021 121 Town Hall Drive NE Leland, NC 28451 910-754-7701

BRUNSWICK SENIOR BUZZ

~An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ Veronica Lett-McGee, Director Brittany Steinkamp, Assistant Director

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Center Hours Mon - Fri 8a - 4p

Looking Back... Gullah Geechee Presenta on Brayton Willis joined us at the center in June to give a presenta on about the proposed Greenway Blueway Heritage Trail of the Gullah Geechee Heritage Trail. The Brunswick Center at Leland’s Gardening Club filled our raised garden beds with a wide variety of vegetables such as cabbage, le uce, green beans, red peppers, green onions, and so much more! A big thank you to Pat Woodberry (le ), Nancy Baker (middle) and Inga Delts (right) who volunteered their me to help out. Thank you to Ryan Delts for helping pour soil, and thank you to Barbara Morris and Jean Cason for taking care of our indoor plants. If you want to join, please email your interest and availability to LelandGeneral@bsrinc.org.

“Hybrid” Virtual Chair Yoga! Join instructor, Emily Silverman, as she Zooms in to teach yoga from home. Join online, or if you don’t own a computer or don’t want to work out alone, we have a webcam set up at the center so you can join in on the fun! Yoga mats and chairs provided.

Offered Thursdays @ 9 am

Everyone suppor ng Elder Abuse Preven on by wearing Purple! The Leland Center was awarded a new flag from the American Legion. This special flag used to wave on the USS Carolina.

Hula Hoop Class Linda Wadhams is now instruc ng a Hula Hoop class. Challenge your core, get your heartbeat up, and improve your balance all in one! Join in on the Hula Hoop fun! Offered Fridays @ 10 am


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Oak Island Senior Site

47th Street Oak Island, NC 28461 Call 910-278-3622 or 278-6552

AUGUST 2021

910-754-2300 for Reservations Stephanie Stiller, Community Center Assistant Operating Hours: Mondays through Thursdays 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Senior Activity Calendar August 2021 (Subject to Change)

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

2 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games

3 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Card Games

4 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time

5 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO

9 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games

10 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Card Games

11 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time

12 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO

16 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games

17 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Board Games

18 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time

19 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO

23 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games

24 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Board Games

25 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time

26 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO

30 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games

31 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Board Games


The Brunswick Center at Shallotte —An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence—

3620 Express Drive Shallotte, NC 28470 910-754-2300 1002

Teresa Nelson, Center Director Blair Stanley, Assistant Director

Center Hours: Wednesday Mon., Tues., 7:00am Thurs., Friday 4:00pm 7:00am - 3:00pm

Weekly Activity Schedule EVERY MONDAY

EVERY TUESDAY

EVERY WEDNESDAY

EVERY THURSDAY

EVERY FRIDAY

“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.” – Coco Chanel 9:00

Walk with Ease (offsite) 10:00 Cardio Low Impact 10:30 Beginner/ Intermediate Line Dancing

9:00 10:00 10:00

Gentle Yoga Chair Yoga Geri Fit w/Angela

11:30

Lunch

1:00

Tai Chi w/ Dean

11:30 Lunch

9:00

Walk with Ease (offsite) 10:00 Cardio Low Impact 10:00 Computer 101

10:00 Geri Fit w/Angela 10:45 Water Aerobics (offsite) 11:30 Lunch

9:00

Walk with Ease (offsite) 9:30 Mat Pilates 11:30 Lunch 12:15 Bingo

10:30 Beginner/ 12:00 Special Intermediate Line presentations Dancing 1:00 Tai Chi w/ Dean 11:30 Lunch

12:15 Bingo

Monthly Activity Schedule for Shallotte MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

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Contributions Always **Calendar is subject Welcome to change**

Birthday Day!

*Boost available for purchase*


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3620 Express Drive Shallotte, NC 28470 910-754-2300 1002

—An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence— Teresa Nelson, Center Director Blair Stanley, Assistant Director

AUGUST 2021

Center Hours: Wednesday Mon., Tues., 7:00am Thurs., Friday 4:00pm 7:00am - 3:00pm

Poetry Corner Friendship By Leonora Milliken Boss We o en meet in walks of life Those who are strange of face; But they o imes in passing, Have le the faintest trace Of something we can hardly name, But, s ll, must own it's there; A something that in passing, Has le our lives more fair.

On June 21st Ms. Tressie spent her 97th Birthday with us at the center!

And may there not, in mee ng here, Within this forest grand, A friendship been cemented, A friendship that will stand. We meet, we part, we know not how, Or when again we'll meet. But there is, in forest friendship, A something rare and sweet. And may it be in a er years, These days you'll each recall, And linger then with fondness On the crowning scene of all. The forest, with its stately trees, So large and straight and grand, A monument to friendship, For in unity they stand. Not a chord that is not vibrant With harmony supreme; Take them ever for your guidance. Then you'll know what friendship means.

Show Me the Money! BSRI Financial Statements and IRS Form 990 are online at www.bsrinc.org


The Brunswick Center at Shallotte 3620 Express Drive Shallotte, NC 28470 910-754-2300 1002

—An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence— Teresa Nelson, Center Director Blair Stanley, Assistant Director

Center Hours: Wednesday Mon., Tues., 7:00am Thurs., Friday 4:00pm 7:00am - 3:00pm

Thank you for coming out for our 4th of July party! We celebrated with watermelon, popsicles, and fellowship!


Puzzles STATEPOINT CROSSWORD GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD ACROSS 1. *____ Code, or selfcensorship guidelines for movies 5. Ship pronoun 8. ____ vera plant 12. Tiny piece of anything 13. Dateless one 14. Twist and distort 15. "Animal House" party garb 16. Cantatrice's offering 17. Frost-covered 18. *Mary ____, star of 52 films and recipient of 1976 Academy Honorary Award 20. Rounded protuberance 21. Breaks off 22. Crime scene acronym 23. One who insists on implementing #1 Across 26. Anxiety, pl. 30. U.N. workingconditions agency 31. A-one 34. Do like exhaust pipe 35. Students' dwellings 37. Between sol and ti 38. Parkinson's disease drug 39. Larger-than-life 40. For the most part 42. ____ Aviv 43. Allow to rejoin 45. Between Paleocene and Oligocene 47. FEMA provisions, e.g. 48. *Instrument central to 1945's "A Song to Remember" 50. Manage without help 52. *Marx Brothers' 1933 classic 55. Florentine iris 56. Fourth largest Great Lake 57. *Hitchcock's "The Man Who ____ Too Much" 59. Make children, biblical 60. Malicious look 61. Highest volcano in Europe 62. Object of worship

63. Always, in verse 64. Like happy people's glasses DOWN 1. *Humphrey Bogart's Fedora, e.g. 2. At the summit 3. Hanna-Barbera anthropomorphic bear 4. Kellogg's Sugar ____ 5. Leather razor sharpener 6. Often used to pull #22 Across 7. Archaic expression of surprise 8. *Like "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" 9. Mary's pet 10. Nabisco sandwich 11. Former times 13. *"The Snows of Kilimanjaro" type of adventure 14. Straining sound 19. Nautical measures 22. Party bowlful 23. Pressed beverage 24. Skip the big wedding 25. Waterwheel 26. *Drew Barrymore's grandfather 27. What actors do 28. Mature, as in fruit 29. Like an expired cracker 32. Surveyor's map 33. "Mai" follower 36. *Hattie ____, first African-American to win an Oscar 38. City in France 40. Prefix for central 41. Deep throat, e.g. 44. Middle 46. Slow ____ or pressure ____ 48. Baby food, e.g. 49. More unfriendly 50. *Ginger's dance and movie partner 51. Therefore or consequently 52. Mark for omission 53. Archaic "to" 54. Back-to-school purchase, pl. 55. ____-Wan Kenobi 58. *Bing Crosby's 1944

SUDOKU

STATE POINT MEDIA PUZZLE ANSWERS ON PAGE 34


The Brunswick Center at Southport Weekly Activity Schedule– Lunch Served at 11:30 daily EVERY MONDAY

EVERY TUESDAY

EVERY WEDNESDAY

EVERY THURSDAY

EVERY FRIDAY

DAILY Drop In Activities: Billiards, Coffee with Friends, Fitness Center, Library Green ($) = Fee Based Class; Red (#) = Requires Prior Sign Up; Blue (+) = New Offering/Time Purple=Class in person + zoomed

12:15

Yoga for Healthy Bones $ Mah Jongg Chair Yoga $ Hand & Foot Canasta Mah Jongg

6:30

Jam Session

9:00 9:00 10:30 10:00

9:00 9:00 9:30 10:00 1:00 1:00 2:30 6:30

Geri Fit with Jackie Boxing Bridge Technology Workshop Pinochle Silver Paddles Fit and Strong

Yoga for Healthy Bones $ 10:30 Rita’s Wellness for Good Exercise 12:15 Bible Study Jewelry Class 12:30 Beg . Tai Chi 1:00 wIth Dean$ 9:00

Geri-Fit with Jackie 9:00 Boxing$ 10:00 Knit and Chain 10:00 Bible Study with Joel 12:30 Beginning Line Dance 9:00

Yoga for Healthy Bones $ 10:00 Hand & Foot 10:30 Chair Yoga $ 2:00 Hand Drumming 2:30 Fit and Strong 9:00

Square Dancing Start 7/20

No Charge for Classes viewed from home via Zoom

** Quilting to Resume in Sept

** Sewing to Resume in Sept

Monthly Activity Schedule for Southport– email jknott@bsrinc.org for regular updates MONDAY

TUESDAY

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WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

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Parkinson’s Support Group 10:15

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Caregiver Support Group 10:00am

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Photography 1:00

The Brunswick Center at Southport

Photography 1:00

Prescription Assistance Provided by Marilou Drop In Fridays 10 to 12 Nutrition Presentation By Mallory Tuesday August 10 @ 11:30 Happy and Productive Environment Daily!


The Brunswick Center at Southport 1513 N. Howe St., Ste. 1 Southport, NC 28461 Phone 910-754-7109

~An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ Melissa Catlett, Director Jackie Knott, Assistant Director

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our halls are once again, filled with so much love and laughter. But please take the time to visit those we did not get to wish “goodbye, my friend.”

We wish to take this time to send out a huge thank you to Kelley Currie of the Brunswick County Emergency Management Team, who provided a much-needed presentation to our center participants. Kelley shared tips on being prepared for emergencies and also how to access the Registry for Functional Needs. Brochures are in our lobby.


The Brunswick Center at Southport ~An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ Melissa Catlett, Director Jackie Knott, Assistant Director

1513 N. Howe St., Ste. 1 Southport, NC 28461 Phone 910-754-7109

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We wish to extend to you a warm Welcome to Our Family! There have been so many new faces around our center after reopening, that we would like to invite you to check out all our activities. Here are just a few!

Hammers Just A-Tapping Away in Jewelry Class.

Drop in for a game of Pool The table is waiting on you!

Drop by and work on a Jigsaw Puzzle, down Puzzle Alley.

Wonderful Exercise Equipment, Just Drop In!

Sign up for lunch or drop in for coffee with friends.

Coming in the Fall

AARP Smart Drivers Class MOB Matter of Balance Class Diane Sloan’s Drawing and Water Color Class Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease Program Shopping Trips


SHIIP / Puzzles

Social Security Field Offices and Social Security Card Centers will implement a nationwide Express Interview (EXI) process. This process was established to address the challenges the public has faced providing enumeration and documentary proof during the COVID-19 pandemic.

criteria such as: a. Original cards for individuals age 12 or older b. Replacement cards for individuals who need to update or correct their information, such as name, date of birth, or citizenship, or to obtain income, resources, medical care or coverage, or other services or benefits. And the person must be unable to use SSA’s automated services (e.g. enumeration at birth, enumeration at entry or enumeration beyond entry) or online SSN replacement card service.

An EXI interview is a brief interview lasting about 5-7 minutes, which allows individuals to apply for an original or replacement Social Security Number (SSN) card and submit necessary evidence in person. EXI interviews are also available for gathering evidence for processing claims and for individuals who meet certain limited, critical situations.

EXIs are not the primary option offered to callers, and local managers have the discretion to schedule EXIs based on staffing and other office considerations. The scope is limited to obtaining evidence or reviewing the application. If additional questions arise, they will be addressed by mail or telephone.

An EXI interviewee must meet existing limited, critical appointment

Updates courtesy of monthly SHIIP News, N.C. Dept. of Insurance.

go to https://bit.ly/3rhbt0q.

Jimmo vs. Sebelius was a nationwide class action lawsuit on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions who had been incorrectly denied Medicare coverage. The settlement requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to confirm that Medicare coverage is determined by a beneficiary’s need for skilled care, not only when the care might result in improvement. This applies to care in home health, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient therapy, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities. Beneficiaries, caregivers, providers, and advocates continue to encounter problems on occasion where claims are wrongly denied. Such denials can be appealed. You can file the appeal with the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization. For more information,

STATE POINT MEDIA PUZZLE ANSWERS Puzzles on page 30


The Brunswick Center at Supply 101 Stone Chimney Road Supply, NC 28462 910-754-7604

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Melissa Starr, Director Jillian Hardin, Assistant Director

August 2021 - Weekly Activity Schedule EVERY MONDAY

EVERY TUESDAY

EVERY WEDNESDAY

EVERY THURSDAY

EVERY FRIDAY

No Symbol = No Fee (Contributions always appreciated); $ = Fee Associated ; ^ = Requires Advanced Registration; * = New Offering/Time 8:00

Rummikub

8:00 Rummikub

8:00 Rummikub

8:00

Rummikub

8:00

Coffee w/ Friends

8:00 Coffee w/ Friends

8:00 Coffee w/ Friends

8:00

Coffee w/ Friends 8:00

Coffee w/ Friends

8:00

Open Exercise

8:00 Open Exercise

8:00 Open Exercise

8:00

Open Exercise

8:00

Open Exercise

10:00 Tai Chi/Qi-Gong

8:00 Walking Club

10:00 Quilting Club

10:00 Wool Rug

8:00

Walking Club

11:00 Balance/Core/

9:00 Chair Yoga

10:00 Pilates

Strength 12:45 Movie Day

Rummikub

Hooking

11:15 Tabata

11:30 a.m. Lunch

8:00

11:15 Tabata

11:30 a.m. Lunch

11:30 a.m. Lunch

11:30 a.m. Lunch

12:30 Geri-Fit®

12:30 Craft Class

12:30 Geri-Fit®

12:30 Open Crafting

12:45 Tai Chi/Qi-Gong

12:30 Bridge

11:30 a.m. Lunch

12:30 Open Crafting

Monthly Activity Schedule MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

2

3 Garden Club 9A

4

5

6 *Intro to Essential Oils 9:30A

9

10

11 Drum Circle 10A

12 Hired Hands Band 11A

Nutrition w/ Mallory 12P

Caregiver's Support Group 2P

13 *Technology 101 10:30A

18

19

16 Walk on the Beach with Melissa 8A

17 Garden Club 9A Crochet A-Z 10A

*Technology 101 10:30A

Blood Pressure Checks 10A 23

24

30 Donuts w/ Marilou 9A

31 Crochet A-Z 10A

Card Making Class 12:30P Cooking for Health 11A

20 *Essential Oils 9:30A

25 Drum Circle 10A

26 27 Caring for the Caregiver Fun Day 10:30A 11A ZOOM CLASS!!! Yoga w/ Emily Tuesday @ 9:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 899 9242 5000 Passcode: 721345


The Brunswick Center at Supply 101 Stone Chimney Road Supply, NC 18462 910-754-7604

Melissa Starr, Director Jillian Hardin, Assistant Director

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

NEW CLASS!

INTRO TO ESSENTIAL OILS 1st and 3rd Friday at 9:30 a.m.

IS BACK!

Garden Club 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. Join Master Gardener, Pam Duncan on August 3rd for a special presentation: Getting Our Garden Ready For Fall Planting!

TUESDAY @ 9:00 A.M. MEET IN THE MEDIA ROOM FOR THIS VIRTUAL CLASS! IntelliChoice Home Care will sponsor Blood Pressure Checkups on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Sign up by August 17 @ 10:00 a.m.


The Brunswick Center at Supply 101 Stone Chimney Road Supply, NC 18462 910-754-7604

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Melissa Starr, Director Jillian Hardin, Assistant Director

Tai Chi/ Qi Gong Monday @ 10:00 a.m. Wednesday @ 12:45 p.m. The ancient Chinese practices of Tai Chi and Qi Gong combine slow, deliberate movements, meditation, and breathing exercises. Both Tai Chi and Qi Gong are martial arts that can help your circulation, balance, and alignment.

NEW CLASS! TECHNOLOGY 101 MEET UP IN THE MEDIA ROOM Congratulations to Patrick Cooney! At Home Bingo Winner!

AUGUST 13 & 20 10:30 A.M. START WITH THE BASICS! Are You Pre-Diabetic? At Risk for Type 1 Diabetes? Concerned About Proper Lifestyle Changes? Join us for Diabetes Prevention workshops. Date and Time TBA...


What’s for Lunch?

AUGUST 2021 Monday

Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. Provides Nutritionally Balanced Meals for Seniors *Menus subject to change* Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

2 Tuna salad on wheat w/ lettuce, tomato Tri colored pasta salad Ambrosia 100% fruit juice 2% milk

3 Beef and broccoli Veggie egg roll Brown rice Lemon-raspberry cheesecake slab pie Mandarin oranges Soft roll 2% milk

4 Cheeseburger w/ lettuce, tomato Potato wedges Baked beans Strawberry short cake 2% milk

5 Golden baked chicken breast Red skin mashed potatoes Green salad w/ dressing Apple crisp Soft roll 2% milk

6 Herb & parmesan baked fish Steamed mixed vegetables Mac and cheese Baked pears w/ ginger & walnuts Wheat roll 2% milk

9 Italian meatballs w/ marinara sauce Whole wheat penne pasta Green salad w/ dressing Pineapple tidbits Bread stick 2% milk

10 Sliced ham Country style green beans Sweet potato casserole Applesauce Soft roll 2% milk

11 BBQ chicken breast Collard greens Mac and cheese Peach cobbler Soft roll 2% milk

12 Ham and Cheese sandwich on wheat w/ lettuce, tomato Potato salad Chilled pears 2% milk

13 Pork cutlet w/ gravy Great northern beans Mashed potatoes Applesauce Soft roll 2% milk

16 Kielbasa sausage on bun Peppers and onions Green beans White rice Spiced pears 2% milk

17 Baked spaghetti Green salad w/ dressing Peach cobbler Breadstick 2% milk

18 Chicken teriyaki Asian blend vegetables Brown rice Mandarin oranges Vanilla pudding Soft roll 2% milk

19 Country fried chicken w/ gravy Mashed potatoes Green beans Biscuit Jello w/ fruit 2% milk

20 Italian meatballs W /marinara Whole wheat penne Green salad w/ dressing Breadstick 2% milk

23 Beef hotdog on bun Coleslaw Potato salad Creamy grape salad 2% milk

24 Herbed pork tenderloin Broccoli Au Gratin White rice Fresh apple Wheat roll 2% milk

25 Honey mustard baked salmon Green beans Rice pilaf Triple berry trifle Soft roll 2% milk

26 Hamburger steak w/gravy Mashed potatoes Okra and tomatoes 100% fruit juice Soft roll 2% milk

27 Pork BBQ sandwich Coleslaw Potatoes au gratin Applesauce 2% milk

30 Stuffed chicken cordon bleu Mixed veggies Fresh banana Soft roll 2% milk

31 Baked ziti w/ meat sauce Italian green beans Green salad w/ dressing Pineapple tidbits Breadstick Milk 2%


Volunteers

By Casey Freed Southport Case Manager

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SRI is known for its programs that offer resources to seniors throughout the community. For example, the Meals on Wheels program provides nutritious meals to area seniors who have limited ability to leave home to shop. Meal on Wheels is important for meeting nutritional needs of our homebound clients—but really, it offers so much more. There is a saying we have when referring to our meal program: ”It’s more than a meal.”

For some homebound clients, the volunteer drivers who deliver their daily meal are the only person they see in a given day. In extreme cases, the drivers may be the only person a homebound person sees within a month. For these clients, the volunteer becomes the only outlet, the only person to ensure that they are safe, and the only person they can tell about their needs. Drivers report back to BSRI’s case management team when they become aware of a need. Drivers are the eyes and ears of BSRI’s case management team, and they are also a friend to those receiving meals. When COVID-19 hit and we had to limit the drivers’ contact with clients, case management lost a daily contact with the homebound and the clients lost a connection to the outside world. Isolation and loneliness were a very real and dangerous threat. We were left asking ourselves, who is checking on our homebound? Are they lonely?

Are they in need of something? Are they okay?

But like so many challenges that COVID threw at us, the fight we gave back led to some great and lasting things; in this instance, a great new BSRI program, the Coastal Connections Call Program. BSRI staff began calling every homebound client. But with over 300 homebound clients, it was a daunting task to call them once a week, much less check on them once a day as the Meals on Wheels drivers had done. We quickly realized we needed help. And just as with other BSRI programs, volunteers again stepped up to assist in calling to check on our most vulnerable clients. Through weekly call checks, volunteers provided a friendly link to homebound seniors isolated by COVID. They made sure they’d had no falls or illness. They could tell the case management team about any needs brought on by the pandemic. Some clients who had previously relied on friends and neighbors to shop for them found these folks weren’t able to risk going to the store on their behalf. Delivery services were overwhelmed. Callers learned of a client’s food insecurity issue, conveyed it to case management, and case management would have a box from BSRI’s food pantry dropped at the client’s door.

Some seniors told volunteers that they were suffering from fear and isolation brought on by the pandemic. Case management assigned specific volunteers to call and offer assurance and a friendly ear. In the end, the phone program has been so useful in fighting isolation and connecting people with resources, that when COVID finally began to loosen its grip, case management decided to keep the program. It can be used to fight the loneliness that some seniors face daily. It can also be beneficial during weather events and other emergencies (see page 8).

As with most BSRI programs, Coastal Connections relies heavily on volunteers. Dedicated volunteers like Bob Simmers, Lynette Lowrimore, and Karen Toutant have been calling BSRI clients every month since the program began in March 2020. They are creating a stronger connection with our people—but if you ask volunteer Bob Simmers, who has been talking to home-delivered meal client Helen every Friday, he is just talking to his friend. This important program is need of volunteers. If you’d like to make a new friend by volunteering for the Coastal Connections Call Program, please contact Case Manager Casey Freed at (910) 754-4106.


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Articles inside

SHIIP

2min
page 34

BSRI News ........................................... 6-7

3min
pages 39-40

Puzzles

1min
page 30

What’s for Lunch?

1min
page 38

Healthy Bites

1min
page 22

Boiling Spring Lakes

1min
page 18

Vereen Memorial Garden

2min
pages 10-11

Read All About It

2min
page 17

Prepare for Emergencies

4min
pages 8-9

Calabash Housing Plans

3min
pages 12-13

In the Garden

2min
page 16

Bingo at Home

3min
pages 14-15

Letter from Southport

5min
pages 5-7
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