The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

September 21, 2012

Celebrate Older Americans Month at Senior Center

By Susan Sharples for the SNAP

Friday, September 21, 2012 — September is Older Americans Month, which makes a perfect opportunity to check out the Stanly County Senior Center. There will be an open house: “A Peek at the Senior Center” from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 24.

Recently the Senior Center completed its five year re-evaluation and self-study, receiving a rating of “Center of Excellence.”  

The North Carolina Division for Aging and Adult Services established guidelines for the operation and programming of senior centers that offer a two tier measurement: Centers of Merit and Centers of Excellence.

Stanly County’s Senior Center has been named a Center of Excellence each year the rating has been in place.

The self-study is spearheaded by Center Director Becky Weemhoff, along with program directors Susan Whitley and Pamela Sullivan.

As a Center of Excellence, Stanly County’s Senior Center provides a multitude of programs and services. Many people in the community identify our center with activities such as wood carving, basket weaving, bridge and canasta groups and monthly meals. But as a Center of Excellence, Stanly County’s Senior Center is so very much more.  

The center provides meals on wheels for homebound people and operates nutrition sites around the county. There is a monthly luncheon at the center with entertainment for a nominal fee. Dances for special events and dance and exercise classes are offered weekly. The center sponsors day and overnight excursions to great sites in our area.

Various clubs hold meetings in conjunction with our center including a German Speakers Club; Veterans Club; Singles Supper Club and Readers and Eaters Book Club. The Senior Center provides help for members on special topics such as taxes, health care and writing wills.

The Stanly News & Press and The Weekly Post are available at the center for members to drop in and read. Our library is stocked with books of all genres, tapes, DVDs, audio books and games. Some items are rentals but most are loaned to members.

With all this going on, it hardly seems possible that the Senior Center could find anything else to add. However, we have four fundraisers which are also great fun events.  

In the spring, the center sponsors a golf tournament, and in September there is a Bridge Benefit. This year the center is adding a Jewelry Sale and an Arts and Crafts Show. The Bridge Benefit was Sept. 17; the Jewelry Sale is Oct. 22 and the Arts and Crafts Show is Nov. 17.  

These are just a few of the advantages offered by the Senior Center. Drop by to take a “Peak at the Senior Center” from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 24.

Information regarding membership can be obtained at the center or by calling the center at (704) 986-3769. Come out and join us in the fun.