Thoughts from the Director
By Paula J. Edwards
Greetings from the Peggy M. Seegars Senior Center!
Here we are and it is July! My mind can hardly fathom that the Senior Center has been closed since March 17th. Who would have dreamed that that was a possibility? I sure would not have thought it could be. But here we are. It seems that 2020 has not been kind to us and it is only half way through the year. What more could we possibly endure? Do I dare ask the question?
As I reflect on what we have endured this year, I think about what we have learned. Surely, there must be something that we can take away from all this; some insight that we may not have had before 2020. Here is what I hope that we have learned in 2020.
We need each other.Staying at home at first can sound not so bad.Cleaning out closets, reorganizing the house and garage, spending time with your children are all great things. But even that can get old after awhile.If you live alone or you are an elderly couple, it could be unbearable.Isolation is not a good place to be especially for the senior population.We need interaction with fellow human beings.We are created to need each other.There is a comfort in knowing that when we are going through difficulties that we are not in it alone.
Your neighbor is not just the person that lives in your neighborhood.Who is your neighbor?Your neighbor is the person that you come in contact with throughout your day.The Bible says that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves.This is also considered the same as the Golden Rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” What does that mean?It means that love does no wrong to a neighbor.It means that we are to practice grace, compassion, forgiveness, and love.We are not all about ourselves.When our neighbor is in need or is hurting, we should be there to help him/her.If you notice, there is no stipulation or loop hole about the neighbor.For example Christ did not say, love your neighbor as yourself only if he/she is a good neighbor.He did not say only if he/she treats you with love or kindness.No, he just said to do it.No if’s, and’s or but’s.Just do it.
Be grateful.Through hardships, trials and suffering, we are to be grateful. What?!Be grateful?Through hardship, trials, and suffering? Yes. That’s right.You may ask “why should I be grateful during this difficult time?”When we have a spirit of thanksgiving and gratefulness, there is no room for bitterness.It changes how we perceive our circumstances.Instead of focusing on all that is wrong, we need to focus on what is right.What are you thankful and grateful for in you current situation?Friends and Family?Your Health?Food and Shelter?Air to breathe?Another Day?Should I go on?Start counting your blessings.You may be amazed at how much you have instead of how little.
Yes, 2020 has been an extraordinary year. But like any trails and tribulations that we have had in our lives, we can and will come out stronger and better.
Operation Fan Heat Relief
Operation Fan Heat Relief (OFHR) is a summer program intended to provide a more comfortable living environment and reduce heat related illnesses. Summertime can be a difficult and dangerous time for our seniors in Wayne County especially when they do not have a means to keep their homes cool. OFHR provides fans to Wayne County Seniors at no cost that have a home situation where a threat to health and well being exists. Fans are very limited through this funding. However, the Peggy Seegars Senior Center will gladly accept donated fans or monetary donations to buy fans to distribute to seniors in need. For more information, you may contact Selena Beaman at 919-731-1608.
(Due to COVID-19, fan distribution will be arranged by PHONE ONLY at this time. PICK UP BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.)
Reopening of the Senior Center
Our plan is to reopen sometime during phase III. Unfortunately, we will not be going back to business as usual at this time. Many changes have been made and are continually being made due to COVID-19 Regulations. We will begin with a soft opening. Before entering the building, required temperature checks and health assessments will be conducted on every person. No Exceptions. Although face masks are not required, we are encouraging everyone to wear some type of face covering. Activities that will be offered will be based on the principle of social distancing (6 feet apart). Therefore, activities will be limited for a period of time. Most activities will be held in the large meal site room while some rooms may be closed to the public. The senior center has a phone tree that sends out calls. We will be using that to contact members of the senior center who have signed in previously to an activity on My Senior Center. (My Senior Center is the computer that everyone uses to swipe his/her card upon entering the center.) The call will notify those individuals the day and time that it will be available. To participate in that particular activity, members will be required to make a reservation. It will be first come first serve. The schedule will be made weekly to allow for adjustments each week. Please note: that for an undetermined period of time, the center will not be opened for drop-ins. Due to the volume of members that attend, we are unable to safely manage the number of participants that may be present at one time without these guidelines.
During this time of adjustment, please be mindful that it is imperative to comply with policies set forth for the protection of yours and others health. Failure to comply could contribute to placing others at risk. It could also lead to the center being closed again. We want to do all that we can to avoid either of these.
The Senior Center provides a place where older adults 60 and older can meet together, receive services, and participate in various activities. It serves as a focal point for activities that are designed to meet the mental, physical, emotional and social needs of the participants regardless of economic status.
Services Offered at Wayne County Services on Aging and the Peggy M. Seegars Senior Center:
Information & Options Counseling/SHIIP Counseling - Selena Beaman at 919-731-1608
Transportation – Christine Pittman 919-731-1586
Day Respite – Lorri Bradley 919-731-1595
In Home Aide Services – RN Supervisor Sandi Barbour 919-731-1587
Family Caregiver Support Program Vouchers – In Home Aide Program Supervisor
Holly Williams 919-705-1928
Services For the Blind – Mary Jones 919-731-1102