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Volunteers add heart to CRMC By LAURA MILITANA HERALD-CITIZEN Staff
COOKEVILLE — Retirement can mean the end of one chapter of life — and the beginning of another. At Cookeville Regional Medical Center, there are a number of benefits to turning the big 5-0 through the hospital’s Club 50 Plus program. “We have a lot of educational, fun seminars and activities,” Lisa Eldridge, volunteer services coordinator with CRMC, said. “We have about 1,800 members and the club is open to anyone.” CRMC is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the people in the communities it serves. The program is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles by providing members with health education programs, referral services, preventive health screenings, activities and discounts. “We have different monthly seminars with a variety of speakers,” Karen Bailey, volunteer services manager, explained. “We also offer a quarterly member newsletter, discounts in the hospital cafeteria and on select gift shop items, health screenings including complete chemistry profile, lipid profile, prostate specific antegen, blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation, bone density, flu shots, vascular screening and more, physician referral service, notary services, financial counseling, hospital VIP services, social activities, support groups (Diabetes, heart support and cancer support) and volunteer opportunities.” “We also offer a Medicare/Medicaid re-enrollment assistance program,” Eldridge said. Perhaps one of the biggest effects seniors have at the hospital is through the volunteer program. “We have about 150 volunteers,” Bailey explained. “Ninety-nine percent of them are 50 or older and they help with the public and various departments. They man the information desks, assist people at the main entrance, along with patients in the cardiac rehab program and the women’s center,
Mary Moss, left, and Bette Watson staff the front desk in the North Tower, one of the many duties of the volunteers at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Moss has been volunteering at the hospital since 1986 while Watson has been a volunteer since 2006. Laura Militana | Herald-Citizen
among many others.” The gift shop is a place of pride for the volunteers. It is owned and operated solely by the volunteers. Some of the volunteers are couples and they meet new people and make lasting friendships through the experience. “Some are widows or widowers and becoming a volunteer changes their lives,” Bailey said. “It really gives them a sense of purpose.” Those interested in becoming volunteers have to go through training sessions. Volunteering is not just for women — men are also heavily involved. Volunteer chaplains are also on hand, with 16 total right now. And there are some junior volunteers during the summer months. Those students, ages 14-18, have to go through their guidance counselors and be recommended by
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CRMC: Volunteers vital to hospital Carol Welch, gift shop manager and volunteer, looks over some of the Willow Tree items offered at the CRMC gift shop. The gift shop is one of many services operated by the hospital’s volunteers. Laura Militana | Herald-Citizen
From Page 2 teachers. A banquet is held every year to show appreciation for the volunteers, along with a Christmas party and more. The auxiliary board oversees the volunteers and the fundraiser sales that are held throughout the year. “Last year, the volunteers donated more than $60,000 back to the hospital,” Bailey said. “They also offer 10 scholarships to full-time and part-time employees. This year, there are 26 applications they have to go through.” Anyone interested in joining the volunteer services at CRMC can call 931-783-2470 or download an application online at www.crmchealth.org/ﬁnd-care/additionaldepartments/volunteer-services. More information about Club 50 Plus can be found at www.crmchealth.org/club-50-
plus/about or by calling 931-783-2571. Another program that is run by volunteers is the Lifeline program. “Volunteers travel out to homes within 50 miles to install the emergency response system,” Eldridge, who is also the coordinator of the Lifeline program, explained. “It really gives seniors living at home alone a sense of security.” Volunteers staff the Lifeline system 24/7, 365 days a year and uses the phone line for people who need help to push a button to alert response associates to any problems. It can be integrated with an easy to use cordless phone that has a large display and enhanced sound quality or through a Communicator which provides a direct twoway connection to Lifeline. Information about Lifeline can be found at www.crmchealth.org/ﬁnd-care/additionaldepartments/lifeline, emailing email@example.com, or calling 931-783-2693.
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Further injury can be prevented with therapy By LAURA MILITANA HERALD-CITIZEN Staff
COOKEVILLE — Statistics show that 80 percent of elderly patients who have an injury due to a fall will fall again in six months, possibly causing further injury. But physical therapist Kymm Lee is working on a therapy program to prevent that from happening. “There are four systems that are key in preventing falls,” Lee said. “There’s the vestibular, vision, somatosensory and musculoskeletal system.” The vestibular system deals with the inner ear. “Little arthritic changes can occur in the neck, affecting the vestibular system,” Lee said. The crystals in the inner ear have a lot to do with balance. Anytime those get out of balance, vertigo, or BPPV — benign peroxismal positional vertigo — can
occur. “The crystals in the ear can get out into the canal,” Lee noted. “It’s easy treatment to get that fixed.” She also noted that chronic ear infections and trauma to the head are other common occurrences. The somatosensory system deals with touch, feeling and pressure while the musculoskeletal system consists of bones, cartilage and ligaments that make up the body’s support system. All those systems can be affected with age. Any primary care physician, geriatric physician, ear, nose and throat or neurologist can refer a patient for therapy. In the meantime, to prevent falls, Lee suggests nightlights be strategically placed, look out for hazards such as throw rugs and have a cane or walker nearby. “Recurring falls are something that can be prevented,” Lee said.
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Trying out her self-defense moves on instructor nikki Desch is 81-year-old Marilyn Grennan.
81-year-old ready to defend herself By AMY DAVIS HERALD-CITIZEN Staff
PUTNAM COUNTY — Protecting oneself is important at any age — just ask 81-year-old Marilyn Grennan. Her first thoughts in doing so, though, involved a gun. But when gun classes filled up before she could enroll, she opted for the next logical choice — a self-defense class. “I wanted to be able to protect myself,” she said. Now, she’s ready — even if it means taking down an attacker. And that she can do. “Oh, yes!” she said. “You do want to hurt them. Everything (the instructor) teaches you is to hurt them or they won’t stop.” In fact, the first move she says she learned when she joined the class in January was a lethal one. Over the past couple of months, she’s learned a variety of life-saving techniques — everything from hard pinches
to quick jabs to the head. It’s made the senior more confident to know she can fight back if need be. “I don’t feel vulnerable anymore,” she said. “I’ve had someone come to my car when I was stopped at a red light and other minor things (in the past). It stays in the back of your mind.” She attends class twice a week at the Cane Creek Recreation Center, an hour’s drive from her home in Fairfield Glade in Cumberland County. The class is for credit at Tennessee Tech University, where she anticipates a May graduation with a bachelor of arts degree in English and speech. It’s been a long time coming — Grennan’s first college courses were back in the 1960s in Michigan. But her growing family — a husband and three children — became her top priority. “There would be great interruptions from time to time,” she said. She then went on to retire from the UniSee DefenD, Page 8
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versity of Detroit as a medical research assistant in 1984. Through the years, she has also enjoyed swimming and golfing. As for the self-defense class, Grennan says it’s something anyone can do — even a handicapped person. And she would know. “Believe it or not, I’m handicapped,” she said with a laugh. “I have a titanium pelvis... I can’t walk very far on hard floors or cement. I have to drive to all my classes (at TTU) because I can’t walk all those blocks.” So, when it comes to self-defense, she’s “all arms.” “I can’t do all the moves they do — they use their feet a lot more,” she said. “I don’t balance very well, and it’s painful for me. And I can’t turn in certain ways. But (the instructor) is great; she showed me all kinds of other things I can do.”
And Grennan will do whatever it takes to defend herself from a would-be attacker. “From a woman, they’re not expecting a reaction,” she said. “They’re strictly on the aggressive, so it’s a shock to them.” Which is to her advantage — especially since she’s 81. “She’s very strong,” instructor Nikki Desch said. “She surprised me!” Desch, a native of Thailand who has been studying martial arts since 1974, says older students like Grennan are good examples for the younger students. “She inspires them,” she said. “They see her coming in, and she does it! She carries her own weight.” She encourages others to give it a try — but not just seniors. “I encourage everybody to take some kind of self-defense course,” she said. “The things I teach here, you don’t need to know martial arts. I show you simple techniques to survive.”
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What to expect with Alzheimer’s A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can trigger anxiety for seniors and their family caregivers who wonder what’s ahead as the disease progresses. So what can someone with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis expect? Based on Home Instead Senior Care network research, those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias who live at home without in-home care reported these common problems: challenges in planning (70 percent with dementia compared with 22 percent who did not have dementia); memory loss that disrupts daily life (86 percent with dementia compared with 13 percent who did not have dementia); confusion with time or place (76 percent with dementia compared with 10 percent who did not have dementia); and misplacing things (80 percent with dementia compared with 16 percent who did not have dementia). Other common problems identified by the Home Instead Senior Care network research included the following: • New problems with words in speaking or writing: 43 percent with dementia compared with 13 percent who did not have
dementia. • Nighttime wakefulness and other sleep problems: 48 percent with dementia compared with 39 percent who did not have dementia. • Rummaging around or hiding things: 48 percent with dementia compared with 6 percent who did not have dementia. • Trouble understanding visual image and spatial relationships: 37 percent with dementia compared with 7 percent who did not have dementia. • Belligerence, anger or aggressive behavior: 28 percent with dementia compared with 15 percent who did not have dementia. • Hallucinations, delusions or paranoia: 20 percent with dementia compared with 6 percent who did not have dementia. • Refusing to eat: 14 percent with dementia compared with 7 percent who did not have dementia. Despite this grim expectation, hope is on the horizon. “The currently available treatments are used when dementia is fully developed,” said Dr. Jane F. Potter, chief of the Divi-
sion of Geriatrics and Gerontology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. “All of the new trials are focused on early identification to target the stage before dementia — mild cognitive impairment. In the future, we should be able to identify and treat people with mild cognitive impairment to keep the disease from progressing.” One of the promising areas under study is exercise; it appears that avid exercisers have a lower risk of dementia. “So identifying people at risk and developing an activity program are among ther-
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Urinary incontinence easily treated By LAURA MILITANA HERALD-CITIZEN Staff
COOKEVILLE — It’s often an embarrassing part of getting older — the uncontrollable urge to visit the bathroom at the sound of trickling water or drinking a small amount of liquid. It’s called urinary incontinence (or overactive bladder) and can be treated with a few simple exercises called Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, offered at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. “Urinary incontinence can be caused by a number of physical conditions,” Gina Galvez-Filoteo, physical therapist at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, said. “About half of all cases of incontinence are temporary and can be reversed once the cause is identified and treated.” Pelvic Floor Therapy (or Pelvic Floor Rehab) involves the treatment of the musculoskeletal condition relating to the weakness of pelvic floor musculature with associated urinary/fecal incointinence, other pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic pain. The pelvic floor is the lower part of the abdomen composed of muscles and connective tissues that acts like a hammock which supports the internal organs, such as the bladder, and if that support has become stretched or damaged, which can occur in pregnancy and childbirth, the bowel, bladder or uterus may drop lower and sag or bulge in the vagina. Most common symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction include leaking urine (stress urinary incontinence) when lifting, coughing, sneezing or laughing, to more severe symptoms, including pelvic or back pain, constipation and a sense of fullness and pressure in the vagina. In men, urinary incontinence may occur following prostatectomy or trauma to the pelvic floor. “In the early ‘90s, physical therapists be-
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Cookeville Regional Medical Center physical therapist Gina Galvez-Filoteo shows a patient one of many exercises that can be done to strengthen the pelvic floor. program. came aware that these muscles can be floor area. “It’s very successful,” she said. “I love the A doctor’s referral is needed for the prostrengthened through exercise,” GalvezFiloteo said. “It doesn’t have to be a thing gram and it’s an option that should be ex- reaction I get. It really improves their qualplored before surgery, Galvez-Filoteo said. ity of life.” of growing old. It can be cured.” It works for people of all ages and is cov“(The exercises) help strengthen the back The rehab program lasts 4-6 weeks with most patients seeing results in 3-4 weeks. It as well,” Galvez-Filoteo said. “It’s all about ered by Medicare and most private insurance. begins with an evaluation to find the cause strengthening the core.” Galvez-Filoteo has 26 years of experience She encourages patients going through this and then the program is designed around the program to keep a “bladder diary” to keep as a physical therapist. She has enjoyed patient’s need. “Your bladder can be re-trained like any track of the frequency of visits to the bath- helping patients achieve their goals of becoming independent with functional mobilmuscle,” Galvez-Filoteo said. “All it takes room. “You get to know your bladder that way ity and improving their quality of life is doing some simple exercises that can be and are able to get control back,” she said. through Pelvic Floor Rehab. worked into your daily routine.” For more information about Pelvic Floor It’s more common in women who have “It’s non-invasive and simple.” She said she has gotten great feedback Therapy, call 783-2900 or visit www.crmhad multiple children due to the organs being stretched or damaged in the pelvic from patients who have gone through this chealth.org.
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Volunteering opportunities aplenty in RSVP By AMY DAVIS HERALD-CITIZEN Staff
PUTNAM COUNTY — She may be 78 years old, but Wanda Clouse keeps busy. As a volunteer with the local Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, she is making a difference in the community by doing something she loves — singing and playing the piano. “I’m limited in what I can do, but I can still do this!” Clouse said on a recent afternoon at Masters Healthcare Center in Algood. It’s where she and several other RSVP volunteers meet every Thursday at 2 p.m. to sing gospel hymns with the residents. They also put their vocal talents to use at the Bethesda and NHC healthcare centers other times during the week. “I feel like it’s a ministry God gave me,” Clouse said. “We go to help them and everything, but really it uplifts me. All the singers will tell you the same thing. They get so much out of it. It just encourages us.” The singing group is just one of many ways See RSVP, Page 15
Diana Shavers, Betty Huddleston, Wanda Clouse and Ladell Henley, from left, enjoy singing gospel hymns to residents at Masters Healthcare Center as part of the RSVP volunteer program for seniors 55 and older. Amy Davis | Herald-Citizen
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Hospice conference RSVP: Volunteers at TTU this October Caris Healthcare will host a free, day-long conference on hospice Oct. 18, at the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing on Tennessee Tech’s campus. Dr. Ira Byock, best-selling author of the book “Dying Well,” will be keynote speaker. Lunch will be provided. The conference is open to medical professionals as well as the community. Opportunities for educational credits will be offered. Come to learn: When is it time to contact hospice? What does hospice do? Why should I consider hospice? How will hospice help me? What about cost? Byock is director of palliative medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., and a professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He has been involved in hospice and palliative care since 1978, during his residency. At that time he helped found a hospice home-care program for the indigent population served by the university hospital and county clinics of Fresno, Calif. He is a past president (1997) of the American Academy
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of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. During the 1990s he was a co-founder and principal investigator for the Missoula Demonstration Project, a community-based organization in Montana dedicated to the research and transformation of end-of-life experience locally, as a demonstration of what is possible nationally. From 1996 through 2006, he served as director for Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care, a national grant program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Byock has authored numerous articles on the ethics and practice of hospice, palliative and end-of-life care. His first book, “Dying Well” (1997) has become a standard in the field. “The Four Things That Matter Most” (2004) is used as a counseling tool widely by palliative care and hospice programs, as well as within pastoral care. His most recent book, “The Best Care Possible” (March 2012) tackles the crisis that surrounds serious illness and dying in America and his quest to transform care through the end of life.
seniors can get involved with RSVP. The program, which has been going on locally since 1972, is for seniors 55 and older in Putnam, Cumberland, Overton, White and Pickett counties who want to do good in their communities. And — thanks to a new three-year grant from the Corporation For National and Community Service — RSVP volunteers will have plenty of new opportunities to do so. “With this new grant, these seniors will be working a lot with food security in the healthy focus area,” program director Cheryl Pack said. “They will be helping people get food who are either underemployed, unemployed, homeless or just don’t have enough food for their families. We will help with commodities by delivering to families who are unable to get out.” She said seniors can help in other ways, too, such as by helping people make it to doctor appointments or taking them grocery shopping.
“We have some who will be working with blood banks and others who will be working with groups doing scholarships for children of need,” she added. “Plus, we have a recycling center we’ll be working with.” Pack said RSVP volunteers can do “as much or as little as they want.” But the numbers indicate the former. “In 2012, 52,480 hours were donated by 390 members in all five counties,” Pack said. “In Putnam County, it was 8,431 hours by 74 members.” She looks forward to the future of the program and encourages more seniors to take part. “Right now, we’re doing a lot of work at senior centers and nursing homes and places like that, and we’ll still be doing some of that, but the corporation is kind of changing things,” she said. “The volunteers have to show an impact, and so we are going to work at doing that with these healthy focus areas.” For more information, call Pack at 5286488 or stop by the office at 240 Carlen Avenue in Cookeville.
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Monterey Senior Center like ‘an extended family’ By AMY DAVIS HERALD-CITIZEN Staff
MONTEREY — “We learn together, laugh together, overload on calories together, chat together, and sometimes we even cry together.” So says Sandra Johnson about her friends at the Monterey Senior Center. “It’s really an extended family!” she added. And that’s the best part for Johnson, who took over the role as director in January. The center has 150 members who keep the doors swinging Monday through Thursday, taking part in a variety of activities — everything from fitness classes to bingo and even a new coffee clatch group. But the most popular gatherings are the Wednesday luncheons. “We have weekly speakers and entertainment preceding a covered dish luncheon,” Johnson said. “We try to alternate between providing entertainment and informative issues important to seniors, such as fall prevention, emergency preparedness, high blood pressure discussions and more. This also provides the fellowship we all want and need.” And fellowship is a top priority at the center. “We try to be the hub of the senior community in Monterey,” Johnson said. “If you’re looking for friends, we have them. If you’re looking for information, we will research it for you. If you’re looking for classes, we will try to get them. We want to be what you need us to be.” Membership is open to anyone 60 and older who completes an application. “Ninety percent of our offerings are free, such as our fitness classes, speakers, card games, bingo and coffee clatch,” Johnson said. “We might, in the future, offer a class that requires a minimum amount of supplies that would incur a cost. And we will be scheduling a class on self-defense, and there
Monterey Senior Center members Doris Sampley, left, and Betty Grimsley enjoy a field trip to the Patton House doll museum in Cookeville. Amy Davis | Herald-Citizen
will be a small charge of $8 per class. But otherwise, there are no fees or charges for most of our activities.” Besides fellowship and activities, one of the major benefits of the center is information, Johnson said. “If we do not know it, we will look it up for you,” she said. “The speakers on Wednesday provide information you may not have thought about: good eye health, current scams tracking us, as well as a host of medical needs.” The daily schedule is as follows: fitness on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 9 a.m.; coffee clatch, Monday at 10 a.m.; Bridge, Monday and Thursday at 1 pm.; See MONTEREY, Page 17
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Wednesday socials at 10:30 a.m.; Bingo, Thursday at 10 a.m.; and intergenerational activities on the first Thursday of every month at 9:45 a.m. The center — open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — is located at 105 N. Elmore St., and Johnson welcomes new members. “You are valuable to us,” she said. “You have thoughts and ideas to share that can make our center better. We need you to complete our family.” To learn more, call 839-8053, email email@example.com or visit the website at www.montereyseniorcenter.vpweb.com. Members of the Monterey Senior Center enjoy field trips from time to time, one of the most recent being to the Patton The center is also on Facebook. House doll museum.
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BAXTER — It’s a place to socialize, find information and exercise. Not to mention enjoy a hot, healthy lunch. And Dawn Chenier welcomes all of Baxter’s seniors who are 50 and older to come be a part of it. “All anyone has to do is come into the center, fill out a few forms, and you are then an official member,” said Chenier, who has been director since last March. “There is no cost to join.” The center is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 .m. “A typical day at our center starts when I put the coffee on,” Chenier said. “The seniors start coming in about 9 a.m. — some to chat, some to do crafts. Exercise is from 1011 a.m., and then it’s Dominoes.” A freshly prepared lunch is served at noon at a “reasonable cost,” she added. “Our most popular event is the pot luck lunch held the last Friday of the month,” she
Ron Brown, left, and Vin Merchant are part of the Baxter Senior Center book club.
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Competition heating up for Cookeville Seniors By AMY DAviS HERALD-CITIZEN Staff
COOKEVILLE — Competition is building at the Cookeville Senior Center... over a video game. But don’t think the competitors will be sitting down to play this one. “Our most popular new activity is Wii Bowling,” center director Maxine Frasier said. “We are developing teams, plan to have tournaments and hope to travel to other centers to compete. People say, ‘I haven’t bowled in 40 years,’ and they get out of their chair and get excited when they realize they can bowl again.” And that’s just one of many activities at the center. The regular schedule is as follows: • Monday — knitting and crocheting (second and third week) and blood pressure checks at 10:30 a.m. • Tuesday — computer classes from 9 a.m. to noon; basket weaving, chair bottoming and leather works at 9 a.m.; Bridge Club at 1 p.m. (second and fourth week); and blood
looking at future trips the center has planned are, from left, Charles Frasier, volunteer; Maxine Frasier, director; ken Draper, computer instructor; Freda Harris, assistant director; and vicki Camp, office assistant.
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pressure checks at 10 a.m.; and dance lessons at 5:30 p.m. • Wednesday — line dance lessons at 1 p.m. (second week); flower arranging at 2:30 p.m. (second week); Bethesda Health Talks at 11 a.m. (fourth week); and jewelry making at 2:30p.m. • Thursday — computer classes all day; art at 9 a.m. (second week); covered dish luncheon with speaker and entertainment at 11 a.m.; Split Decision Band and dance at 6:30 p.m. (must be 50 years or older to attend). • Friday — group computer class at 9 a.m. (second and third week) and blood pressure checks at 10 a.m. In addition, the center offers exercise Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m.; table tennis on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.; Wii Bowling instruction every day at 10 a.m.; and cards, pool and snooker every day, any time. And so much more. “Bingo is always a favorite,” Frasier said. “This is something that allows anyone to be a winner, and they love the prizes. They say, ‘We want bingo every day.’” And dancing draws a crowd. “It’s great exercise in a happy atmosphere with lots of laughing,” Fraiser said. “Participants always want to know, ‘Who is playing next week?’ and ‘Do we bring food?’” The center even has a thrift store and hair salon. A lunch is served every day (except Thursday) by the UCHRA Nutrition Program. Participants are asked to register 48 hours in advance. Various speakers come throughout the month. Frasier said the best part for her as director is “spending time with the participants and seeing them happy and laughing, being able
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Algood Senior Center: good times, fellowship By AMY dAVIS HERALD-CITIZEN Staff
ALGOOD — A typical day at the Algood Senior Center starts with a cup of coffee, hot tea, cider and snacks. Then, depending on the day of the week, seniors may enjoy quilting, crafts, card games, dominoes, blood pressure checks, educational sessions or special holiday celebrations. Trips, too. And plenty of fellowship. “Although we tend to interact with others during our teenage and early adult years, we need an active social life more than ever as we grow older,” center director Brenda Dishman said. The center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. offering such activities as bingo, dominoes, card games, special holiday celebrations, crafts and trips. “With Bingo they can win prizes of food, cleaning supplies and hygiene products that supplement their personal needs,” director Brenda Dishman said. “Dominoes and card games help keep their
Myrtle Kirby and Jim Treadway enjoy a game of cards at the Algood Senior Center.
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LIVING 50+ ALGOOD: Good times From Page 22 minds alert and sharp, plus they have fun socializing. Most crafts are free, and it provides nice items for their home or for gifts for their loved ones. Trips are a special treat, the cost is minimal and they get to experience new and fun places they may have never been.” Regular activities are bingo, Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.; games around 11:30 a.m.; trips, normally the last Thursday of the month; and nutrition meals, Monday through Wednesday at 11 a.m. Educational presentations are on Wednesdays and the third Thursday of the month. Dishman said the best part of being a director is making a “positive contribution and influence on the lives of older adults.” The center, which is for seniors 60 and older, has around 200 members. “We continually try to make our senior center more like a home environment by adding plants, new furniture, comfortable seating and good lighting,” Dishman said. “One of the main issues is funds for running a senior center and meeting needs of our people. We continually have to have fundraisers to keep afloat. We advocate the safety and security of our older adults. We have focused on educating our folks about fraud abuse, home safety and more. We also want the continual support of our cities, county, state and government of older Americans.” Algood Senior Center is located at 125 Fourth Avenue. For more details, call 537-3447 or e-mail email@example.com. They are also on Facebook.
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