Martin Senior Adult Center news
Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 11:43 am
Hello. We are doing some exciting things at the senior center. I want to let everyone know what they have been missing, and also what to be looking for in the future.
We had a lot going on during February. I was hoping we could catch our breath a little, but that did not happen. Some of the things you missed out on in February were our jewelry class and cake-decorating class. We had a wonderful Black History Month presentation Feb. 22. As always, Col. Bob Smith did a great job coordinating our event. He made sure we had wonderful speakers to help with our history and future presentations. The day was filled with wonderful speakers, music and, of course, outstanding food. My staff and the staff from the Sharon Center would like to express to everyone how much we appreciated the day. Everyone did a lot of hard work to make this event special.
Along with our everyday activities, we had several educational speakers and health screenings. We were pleased to have Melinda Goode from N. W. Public Transportation with us on potluck. Ms. Melinda gave much needed information on how North West transportation system actually works. For more information and questions, please contact 587-2900.
I wish to thank all of our exceptional speakers we had during our month. They came and gave us information from Lifeline system, signs of heart attacks and flu virus, plus provided sugar checks and blood pressure testing. The healthcare providers in our community do so much for our seniors here at the center. We are eternally grateful for the free testing and classes they hold for us.
Our folks attended a health fair, which was held March 6. Anna Hawkins came with Bingo gifts, as did Cherie from Martin Healthcare. We are truly blessed to have such caring folks around us.
The first six days in April we will have a free diabetes class. This program is offered to folks who are diabetic. The course is also offered to family members and caretakers of anyone with diabetes. This program is a skill-building program designed for persons with diabetes. Our class is sponsored by UT Extension, starting April 2nd from 2-4 p.m. Registration is required for anyone who would like to attend.
In addition to our class on diabetes, we will also be working with UT Martin nursing students to provide health assessments for our seniors. Each assessment should take approximately 20 minutes. Each assessment will be done in a private environment. The dates are April 4, 5, 11 and 19. We ask that you sign up in advance so you will not have to wait long. Remember, this is a great opportunity to have a quick checkup for free.
On April 12, we will have a group headed to Jackson for a Senior Expo. Our folks have always had a good time going to this. We still have just a few spots left if you would like to attend. Please contact Trina as soon as possible.
This month we received a very nice flag from Woodmen of the World. The flag is currently hanging in the front of our building. We wish to tell David Spencer and the members of Woodmen how grateful we are for their continued support. Woodmen of the World have always been extremely involved with our center. We have been fortunate to have them purchase several of our large ticket items we currently have in our center. In the past year, they have purchased a new popcorn popper and now a microwave. We are very grateful for everything they do for us.
Our shuffleboard players are back and going strong. They meet and play every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m. We are happy to have everyone back and trying to stay active. Look for some news about an upcoming Walking Club.
Senior Olympics are right around the corner. We still have a few applications at the center if anyone needs one. I would like to see more folks signing up to have some fun. Senior Olympics offer many different things for us to get involved in. No one has to be a pro. The Olympics are just for everyone in our area to get out and do some different activities. This year the Olympics will have bowling, shuffleboard, table tennis, horseshoes, swimming, track and field and golf. We have all the information on these games at our center. The dates for the Olympics are April 23 through May 24. This year, the closing ceremony will be at the Union City Senior Center and the theme will be “The Old Wild West.”
Don’t forget our everyday activities. We have different things going on each day of the week. To be sure you don’t miss out on anything, come get a calendar of events.
Published in The WCP 3.20.12