May 2020 Director’s Note

By Jeanette M. Roe, Executive Director

What does “Uncharted waters” mean? The dictionary definition says, If you’re in uncharted waters, you are in a situation that is unfamiliar to you, that you have no experience of and don’t know what might happen. I guess this would describe all of our lives since March 16, 2020.

I believe no words can truly explain the emotions each of us is feeling during this COVID-19 pandemic. I have been experiencing a mixed bag of emotions on a daily basis. A mixed bag is one having both positive and negative aspects. Some of the negative aspects are not being able to hold activities or allow our members to congregate for daily meals at the Center. Individuals are now understanding all the different services the Center provides especially the AARP Tax Aide, SHIBA counseling, legal counseling, blood pressure and, toenail clinics.

The Center also has numerous support groups like Ladies AA, Visually impaired, Alzheimer’s, and TOP’s. There are numerous monthly nutrition/
health presentations and social events like cards, quilting, exercise programs, and art classes. Prior to this crisis, the Center was packed with Seniors enjoying activities, socialization, and lunches with other Seniors.

May is National Older Americans Month. This year’s theme highlights the difference everyone can make – in the lives of older adults, in support of caregivers, and to strengthen communities. What we have learned over the last month is the role the Center has played to make a difference. The Center is now providing over 240 daily home-delivered meals to vulnerable Seniors who need protection from this virus and other individuals. The Center has been here to help Seniors with meals along with pantry items, household supplies like toilet paper, and Depends with the help of many donations from the community.

We will eventually get through this period of uncharted waters; however, we may see a new normal at the Center. The resources and the services the
Center offers on a daily basis to the Seniors in our community is invaluable! Stay safe!

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