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Recently I circulated ad flyers that said “You are 1 person, but YOU can MAKE A DIFFERENCE” for an upcoming garage sale fundraiser to benefit our Alzheimer’s Memory Walk this September.

It was no surprise to me to get the tremendous support we got from people donating items for the sale, making purchases at the sale, helping set up, clean up and running the garage sale. This is what the Sheridan community does — we offer support where support is needed.

At the Senior Center I often visit with people needing support in one way or another. They may need a hospital bed or leaky roof fixed, or they are not making ends meet and cannot afford their medications. We strive to know about resources that meet the needs of the people who come to us for support.

On Sept. 19, 2013, at the Third Thursday Street Festival we will have our fourth annual Community Resource Expo where you can come for answers to questions about an array of resources. You may need information on adaptive equipment like installing grab bars in your bathroom, or where to get a ramp for your home, or where to get rehabilitation after a serious illness. Maybe you cannot drive to the library but love to read. Did you know our library has a service that will make home visits and bring books to you?

This Resource Expo is only once a year, so what about other times that you need resources and don’t know where to get them? Stop by the Senior Center and if we do not have what you need, chances are we can point you in the right direction.

If you’re not connected with the Senior Center, I’d like to take the opportunity to share a few of the services we provide. I’ll start with the program I am most familiar with: The Family Caregiver Program.

If you are someone who cares for another person — whether a family member or a friend — you can find support in this program. We offer intermittent respite and two caregiver support groups each week. We have a resource library for caregivers with books, videos and other support material.

Our loan closet has walkers, wheelchairs, shower chairs and many other items that you may borrow.

The In- Home Services program can help people remain independent in their home. We have certified nursing assistants, overseen by a registered nurse, who provide care services in the home.

Our meals program serves delicious and healthy meals 365 days a year in our dining room at 211 Smith St. with a choice of the soup, sandwich and salad bar Monday through Friday.

Wonderful volunteers deliver meals each day to people who cannot come to eat at the Senior Center.

Our activities program proudly states “We Don’t ‘Do’ Activities…We Offer Experiences.” Come check out all the activities we have to offer.

Our Adult Day Break is open Monday through Friday and offers care to your loved one while the caregiver takes a much needed break or is at work.

Our mini buses get you where you need to go. Buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts and are accessible to anyone using a mobility device or are unable to climb the stairs.

Staying active can help people stay healthy and volunteering at the Senior Center is one way to stay active. Our volunteer program offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for anyone at any age.

Keep us in mind when you are looking for resources for yourself or someone else. Many of our programs are available to people of all ages — some are limited to people 60 years of age and older. Call us or stop by for a cup of coffee or a delicious lunch and if you hit the right day of the week, you can even play BINGO!

We have the best Senior Center in the country!



Stella Montano is the director of family caregiver support services at the Sheridan Senior Center. She can be reached by calling 672-2240. “Center Stage is written by friends of the Senior Center for the Sheridan Community. It is a collection of insights and stories related to living well at every age.”

By |August 16th, 2013|

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