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DC Dept. of Senior Services

 

Play Pickleball in Thomasville

 

   The Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program in partnership with Thomasville Parks and Recreation will be offering pickleball for beginners.  This new ongoing activity is scheduled 1:00 to 3:00 p.m beginning January 6 at the Thomasville Community Center, 7003 Ball Park Road in Thomasville.  The game will be played on Mondays and Thursdays. 

   If you are a fan of the game of tennis, pickleball is for you. Come out and learn the basics of the fastest growing sport for seniors. Pickleball is a fun game that is played somewhat like tennis, but on a badminton size court. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball and wood paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn.

   All Davidson county residents 55 and older are encouraged to take part in this new event. For more information please call 474-2754 or email vickie.weaver@davidsoncountync.gov.

Be “4Ever Fit” in the new year

   The Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program is introducing a new six week exercise class designed to help you stay physically active and healthy.  The new 4Ever Fit exercise class will meet twice each week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 7 through February 13.  Classes will meet from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Lexington Senior Center, 555-B W. Center St. Ext. 

   All Davidson County residents 55 and older are invited to register.  The cost of the six week session is $10 and space is limited to 15 participants.

   A one hour workout is just 4% of your day, so start 2014 off right and be a part of 4Ever Fit.  Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Jennifer Rinaggio, will lead the class in stretching and toning exercise as well as a mix of cardio, light weights and resistance bands.  “Older adults can obtain significant health benefits with a moderate amount of physical activity.  Exercise helps maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints, reduces the risk of heart disease and other chronic health problems and just simply makes you feel better,” says Senior Activities Coordinator Samantha Lane.

   Please call 242-2290 in Lexington or email stefanie.poore@davidsoncountync.gov to register or for more information. Deadline to register is January 2.  Space is limited, so register today.

 

A good book and good friends

 

  Members of the Lexington Senior Center’s Book Club all share the love of literature.  But being able to come together and exchange viewpoints with good friends makes the joy of reading a good book even better. 

   Join the Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program for their monthly book club meeting from 2-4 p. m. on the third Thursday of each month.  The group meets at the Lexington Senior Center, located at 555-B W. Center St. Ext.  Davidson County residents 55 and older are welcome to attend. 

   Club participants help in selecting which book to read for the month.  The book club reads a variety of genres, all of which can be found in the Davidson County Public Library.  Participants are currently reading Snow Bride by Debbie Macomber and have plans to begin Heft by Liz Moore soon.  The group welcomes new participants.  If you would like more information about the book club, call 242-2290 or email stefanie.poore@davidsoncountync.gov.

 

Enjoy coffee & conversation with the Senior Activities Coordinators

   The Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics programs would like to invite you over for a hot cup of coffee and good conversation.  Join the Senior Activities Coordinators, Samantha Lane and Rodney Queen at 8:30 a.m. January 9 at the Lexington Senior Center, 555-B W. Center St. Ext. or the Thomasville Senior Center, 247 W. Colonial Dr.

   All Davidson County residents 55 and older are invited to attend.  The coffee is free, the conversations will be productive and the company will be quite enjoyable. 

   Senior Services wants to give new, old, and potential participants an opportunity to sit down with your Senior Center Activities Coordinator and voice concerns, offer preferences and suggestions and discuss those issues that are important to you – all while enjoying a cup of coffee.  Jot down those questions and concerns and bring them with you on January 7 to either Senior Center.  Every quarter you will have the opportunity to meet with various Senior Services staff to get answers to your burning questions and make suggestions to improve services. 

   Please call 242-2290 in Lexington or email stefanie.poore@davidsoncountync.gov or call 474-2754 in Thomasville or email Vickie.weaver@davidsoncountync.gov for more information. Preregistration is recommended, but not required.  You bring the ideas and concerns, Senior Services will have the coffee ready.

 

Make your own wreath for Valentine’s Day

 

   The Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program is offering a wreath making class for the Valentine’s holiday for county residents 55 and older.  The class will be held from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. February 5 at the Lexington Senior Center, located at 555-B W. Center St. Ext.

   Need to freshen up your door with a little holiday cheer?  Come out and enjoy making a handmade heart shaped wreath to display for all your neighbors, family and friends.  No experience is necessary.  There is a $12.00 fee for this class which is due at time of registration. All materials will be provided which include a heart shaped foam wreath mold, felt, pins, and ribbon.

   For more information, please call 242-2290 or email Stefanie.Poore@DavidsonCountyNC.gov.  Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.  Preregistration is required by January 31. 

 

Relax with massage therapy

 

   The Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program is pleased to offer massage therapy for seniors on January 15 by appointment.  Danny Davis , LMBT # 7343, will be offering massages at the Lexington Senior Center located at 555-B West Center Street Extension.  The prices will be $45 for a 50 minute full body massage and $25 for a 30 minute neck, back and shoulder massage.  This service is available to any Davidson County resident 55 and older. 

   To schedule an appointment or for more information regarding this service, please call Danny Davis at (336) 240-4426.

 

Dance your way to vibrant health

 

   The Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program invites you to Dancercize at the Lexington Senior Center, 555-B W. Center St. Ext. every Thursday at 9:30 a.m.  This one hour class is open to Davidson County residents 55 and older.

Don’t like to exercise? Dancercize is the perfect class for you. You will have so much fun you won’t even realize you are exercising.  You will notice a difference in your energy level as you melt away those unwanted pounds.  If you love music and moving to the beat, this is the class for you. Instructor Brenda Holcomb has over 20 years of experience in Line Dancing, Shag, and Zumba Gold.  She is combining all her dance moves to get you fit while having fun.

   There is a $20 monthly fee for this class.  For more information call 242-2290 or email stefanie.poore@davidsoncountync.gov

 

Introduction to digital photography

 

   The Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program will offer an introduction to digital photography class from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. February 6 at the Thomasville Senior Center, 211 W. Colonial Drive in suite 107.  This class is open to all county residents age 55 and older. The cost for this event is $5. Please bring your camera so you can get familiar with it.

      Do you have a digital camera that you got for Christmas but you are not exactly sure how to use it?  Know how to point and click, but want to learn more? Well, you are in luck. Learn every step from taking pictures and correcting “red-eye” to printing your precious memories. Preregistration is required by February 5, as space is limited. To register, please call 474-2754 or e-mail vickie.weaver@davidsoncountync.gov.

 

Design one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces

 

   Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program is offering one-of-a-kind glass bead jewelry classes handmade by you from 1 - 3 p.m. every third Thursday of each month at the Lexington Senior Center, 555-B. W. Center St. Ext.

   All Davidson County residents 55 and older are encouraged to attend.  The cost of this class is $13.00 and all materials are provided – just bring your imagination and ideas. 

   Participants will learn how to choose proper bead color and size combinations, thread beads onto jewelry wire and finish work with clasps. 

   To register, please call 242-2290 or email stefanie.poore@davidsoncountync.gov.  Space is limited, so register today.  Due to a high level of interest in this class, participants will only be allowed to register for one class during the January-May timeframe.  If you are interested in attending more than one class please let us know when signing up and we will call you if any months have available openings.

 

Learn how to make wire wrapped rings

 

   Join the Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program for a jewelry class from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. January 31 at the Thomasville Senior Center located at 211 W. Colonial Dr.  Davidson county residents 55 and older are invited to learn to make rings using wire wrapping techniques.

    Do you want to make a different type of ring? Come and learn a new "technique" for making jewelry. Learn how to wire wrap a ring using washers and buttons. No experience or tools are needed. All materials will be supplied. Fee for this class is $10, and the class is limited to 10 participants. Preregistration is required by January 29.  To register please call the Thomasville Senior Center at 474-2754 or email vickie.weaver@DavidsonCountyNC.gov.

 

Learn how to use your iPad

 

   The Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program is offering an iPad Basics class for county residents 55 and older.  The class will be held from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. January 27 at the Lexington Senior Center, located at 555-B W. Center St. Ext.

   There is a $5.00 fee for this class which is due at time of registration.  Participants will also need to bring their own personal iPad to participate.

   Learn about iPAD features such as settings, basic control buttons, camera functions, searching the web, downloading and accessing apps, setting up email, and much more.  “If you just got a new iPad for Christmas or you’ve had one for a while, this is the perfect opportunity to brush up on your skills and learn the latest in technology,” says Samantha Lane, Senior Activities Coordinator. 

   To register, please call 242-2290 or email Stefanie.Poore@DavidsonCountyNC.gov.  Space is limited, so call and reserve your spot today.  Preregistration is required by January 24. 

 

 

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Recycle your old muffin tins into art for the holidays

 

   The Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program is offering a Snowman Muffin Tin Craft class.  The class will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. January 24 at the Lexington Senior Center, located at 555-B W. Center St. Ext.

   All Davidson county residents 55 and older are welcome to attend.  There is a $5.00 fee for this class.

   Add the perfect addition to your kitchen for the holidays with this adorable snowman craft.  Turn an old muffin tin into a piece of artwork featuring snowmen.  No experience is needed.  A sample will be available to preview in January in the lobby of the Lexington Senior Center.  Participants are asked to bring a new or old muffin tin. All other supplies will be provided.    

   For more information, please call 242-2290 or email Stefanie.Poore@DavidsonCountyNC.gov.  Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.  Preregistration is required by January 22.  Fee is due at time of registration.

 

Anti-fraud presentation

 

   The Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program will offer a free informative and educational seminar on Identity Theft and other scam related issues. The seminar will be held at 10:15 a.m. January 31 at the Thomasville Senior Center located at 211 W. Colonial Drive.

   All Davidson County residents 55 and older are welcome to attend.  Due to today’s tough economic times, more and more news of identity theft is heard. Whether it is scams over the phone, emails, or stealing of mail, social security and pin numbers, it is crucial to become better informed of how to protect your financial and personal information.

   For more information or to register, please call 474-2754 or e-mail vickie.weaver@davidsoncountync.gov.  Deadline for registration is January 30.

 

Enjoy delicious soup while testing your knowledge at Café Trivia

 

   The Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program is hosting a soup lunch, Café Trivia 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. January 7.  This event will be held at the Lexington Senior Center located at 555-B W. Center St. Ext.

   All Davidson county residents 55 and older are welcome to attend.  There is a $5.00 fee for this event.

  Do you ever wonder why it’s so easy to remember the name of your first grade teacher, but not what you had for breakfast? This is due to the peculiar way our brains carve pathways to memorization. Trivia games help our mind to establish instant connections that help dig up both long and short-term memories. Join the Senior Dynamics program for the first Café Trivia and help your brain function to its highest capability.  Enjoy a delicious soup lunch and then get ready for brain racking trivia.  Participants will be divided into teams to answer a series of questions.  Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams.

   To register, please call 242-2290 or email Stefanie.Poore@DavidsonCountyNC.gov.  Space is limited, so call and reserve your spot today.  Preregistration is required by January 3.  Fee is due at time of registration.

 

Senior Services to host annual Valentine’s Day party

 

    The Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamic program will host the annual Valentine’s celebration 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. February 14 at Golden Corral in Lexington. Plan to meet at Golden Corral, located at 1507 Cotton Gove Road, for lunch at 11:30 a.m. (participant will pay for their own lunch which includes food, drink, tax and tip for $9.50). All Davidson county residents 55+ are invited to attend.

   The celebration will continue after lunch with bingo, prizes, fun and fellowship. Seating is limited at Golden Corral so only those purchasing lunch will be invited to participate in all of the planned activities. Advance registration is required. The deadline to sign up for this event will be February 12. For more information please call 474-2755 or email Vickie.Weaver@DavidsonCountyNC.Gov   or 242-2290 or email Stefanie.Poore@DavidsonCountyNC.Gov.

 

Dance the night away with your sweetheart

 

   The Davidson County Department of Senior Services Senior Dynamics program is hosting the annual Sweetheart Dance for county residents 55 and older.  The dance will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. February 13 at the Lexington Senior Center, located at 555-B W. Center St. Ext.

   Come enjoy a fun filled evening of dancing, fun, and fellowship.  There will be live entertainment and light refreshments.  This event is sponsored by Brookstone Retirement Center and Piedmont Crossing. Special event sponsorships fund a portion of event expenses.  Senior Services strives to provide quality programming with minimal cost to participants. In the event of financial hardship, seniors may ask to speak with a senior center manager and request their fee for participation be waived.  Transportation is available from the Thomasville Senior Center to the event and back.  Please submit all transportation requests to the Lexington Senior Center by February 6.

   For more information, please call 242-2290 or email Stefanie.Poore@DavidsonCountyNC.gov.  Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.  Preregistration is required by February 11.  There is a $5.00 fee for this event which is due at time of registration.

  

Senior Services recognizes sponsors

 

   Davidson County Department of Senior Services proudly recognizes Breeden Insurance Services, Inc. as a Special Events Platinum Sponsor.  Davidson County Department of Senior Services proudly recognizes Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center as a Special Events Bronze Sponsor.  Davidson County Department of Senior Services proudly recognizes Brookstone Retirement Center, LLC as a Home Delivered Meals Five Star Sponsor.  Senior Services is delighted to partner with them to bring programs and services to the senior adults in Davidson County.

 

In the market for successful aging

 

   Senior Services’ goal is to create community awareness regarding the services and programs offered to older adults. Effective marketing strategies help inform citizens of available opportunities, attract volunteers, build relationships with other community service providers, and aid in producing high quality programs and services that enable local older adults to better understand and acquire the necessary skills for successful aging.

   “As lead agency for aging services in Davidson County, it is important that our agency disseminate information to targeted citizens. We do this by executing an annual marketing plan that utilizes staff and volunteer efforts,” states Thessia Everhart-Roberts, Senior Services Director.

   The agency utilizes a variety of advertising approaches including print media, public access channels, website, email, directional signs, neighborhood canvassing, and presentations at community events.

   Senior Services’ major marketing approach is print-oriented. Distributing over 8,000 monthly, the Senior Living newsletter contains up-to-date informational and educational news regarding senior center and community activities, special events, and services for senior adults. Other print materials include newspaper articles, brochures, activity bulletins, and flyers.

   Marketing aging services and programs to the community involves not only in-house efforts, but also coordination with other groups in the area.  Senior Services provides staff to speak on a variety of aging topics as well as general information about the agency and its services. Participation in agency fairs, speaking engagements to community groups and civic organizations, and the distribution of Senior Services materials by other aging services partners are all used to encourage more participation in Senior Services programs.

   So when you see a Senior Services booth at a local health fair or notice agency brochures on the rack at your closest library location, you’ll know that it’s Senior Services marketing in action. Help us spread the word by taking some bulletins and brochures to your next church or civic group meeting; you never know who might benefit from the services and activities but are unaware that those programs are available.

   For more information on volunteering for Senior Services marketing efforts, please contact Cameron Hartwell, Marketing Coordinator at 336.242.2294.

 



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