'Adopt a Senior' is one opportunity to reach out and be inclusive. Christmas caroling to a shut-in neighbor, inviting an elderly friend to a matinee movie or attending a concert together are all ideas to reach out to others.
The winter is also a time that challenges our elderly population because of less sunlight, colder temperatures and isolation. The St. George Senior Center staff encourages our seniors to stay active both physically and mentally. Shana Bland, St. George Senior Citizens Center supervisor, wants to invite anyone over the age of 60 to get involved with classes like pickleball, Zumba and Breakfast for the Brain. She said that it is for the mind, body and spirit--by enjoying the company of others, joining a bereavement support group for those who have lost a spouse or learning a new skill.
Bland has advice for adult children caregivers as they enter a new role in helping their parents. Situations change for both parent and the adult child. She said, "We don't realize our parents have fears. We need to nurture and support them."
Learn more about the Gayle and Mary Aldred Senior Center in St. George which is part of a Washington County wide effort to provide services to our senior citizens. In the video, Bland briefly describes the purpose and goals of serving our seniors locally.
There are three senior centers with the other two located in Enterprise and Hurricane. To learn more about the "Adopt a Senior" call Shana at 435.634.5743. Read about classes, the senior center bus, Meals on Wheels program or the lunch program by visiting the website for the monthly newsletter at http://www.stg.coa.washco.utah.gov/