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THE SENTINEL   

River Valley Senior Center

AUGUST NEWSLETTER

Text Box: Volume 22,  Issue 8                                                                                                                                               August 2022

                           “Sue’s News”

A Message from the Board President

Tidbits

Survey Results. The Board wants to thank everyone who filled out a survey from the May newsletter.  The number of responses was more than we expected.  In addition, we had phone calls, and personal conversations with some of you who gave your feedback.  We value your opinions because you have a “first hand” point of view on services at our Center.  Executive Director, Tim Hawkins also received some helpful suggestions for improvement from the staff.  Our first Strategic Planning session will take place on July 21 and I can assure you, we will read each and every comment and incorporate them into our overall plan. 

Summer Experiences   Summer is a special time in Harbor Country.  It’s hard to believe that the summer is going be so fast and we don’t want to miss any of this beautiful weather in Southwestern Michigan.  Last summer, I decided to make an intentional list of summer activities that are fun and free and festive.  You may want to make a point to do some of the following:

Walk on the beach.

Watch the sunset over Lake Michigan.

Get an ice cream cone.

Go barefoot on the lawn.

Drink lemonade under a tree.

Look up at the sky and interpret the white, puffy clouds.

Have a picnic.

And there are so many activities scheduled each week at the Center for you. Please check out the calendar inside this newsletter. 

We are lucky to live in such a special place.  Enjoy it!

“Young” Seniors.  I know, this sounds like an oxymoron!  Most people don’t think those two words go together, but as we get older, we know it’s true.  We are interested in finding out what folks in their 60’s would like to do at the Center.  We know that you are still very active and vibrant, and we want to provide you with activities that fill your needs. Our new Wellness Coordinator is ready to find resources and schedule training classes and events that you may enjoy.  So young seniors, come and join us at the River Valley Senior Center!

 

Alzheimer’s Caregiver

 Support Group

Thurs. Aug 11th at 2:00

Thurs. Aug 25th at 2:00

 

The Senior Center will continue to hold meetings of the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group. Many times, family members fill the role of caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Caregivers may experience depression, high levels of stress, or even burnout. Those who care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease also need support for their own mental, emotional, and physical well-being. That is why the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group is here. Please join Curtiss Alvarez, a healthcare professional, on August 11th and 25th at 2 pm.

 

Volunteer Recognition

 September 9th - 11:30

 

A special recognition event is being planned to recognize the RVSC Volunteers. On Friday, September 9th.  Gifts and pins will be awarded..  

 

October Fest

October 20th Time TBD

 

Heart and Soul Band with Will & Marilyn Smaka will entertain us.  Will and his band are well known in the area.  So put on your dancing shoes and join us for an afternoon of great entertainment, food and fellowship.  Please call the Center for reservations by October 13th at 469-4556.

 

 October Fest Raffle

 

Donna Gothe, and our Quilters, Ron Ahrens, and our knitters will have a quilt and afghan available for the annual raffle. Plans are to draw for a winner at our Octoberfest..  Tickets are on order and will be available from the receptionist at the front desk.