Lynn Trott (l.), a local potter, musician, vocalist, and balladeer, shows Andrew (c.), one of the participants in the Senior Living Foundation's Senior Champions Program, an adult day program, how to work the clay into a small bowl. Joan Hosfield (r.), a volunteer with the Senior Champions Program, helps Andrew, too.
There are two free Senior Champion programs operated by Senior Living Foundation of Greater Williamsburg: one on Tuesdays hosted by New Zion Baptist Church and the other on Wednesdays at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. Both programs operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Our Saviour's site has the only inter-generational program in greater Williamsburg area in cooperation with children 3-5 who participate in Virginia Cooperative Extension's Family Focus program hosted at Our Saviour's.
A third site, pending an approval of a grant, will be located at Hickory Neck Episcopal Church. . It will be the second program in the area to have an inter-generational program in cooperation with the Kensington School, located on Hickory Neck's property in Toano..
The Senior Champions Program provides a wide-range of activities, crafts, movement, memory games, musical therapy, presentations by the Williamsburg Library, Master Gardeners, and more to engage seniors with mild dementia or Alzheimer's disease.
Also, the foundation offers a Care Giver Support group that will reconvene on Wednesday, September 12 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church beginning at 1:30 p.m. Arrangements may be made for care-receivers to be engaged on-site while the caregiver participates in the support group.
The Senior Living Foundation's Senior Champions Program and Care Giver Support are funded through grants, individual donations, and fundraisers. The foundation's next fundraiser, the Casino Caring Caper, will be on Saturday, October 13, in the Colonial Heritage's Clubhouse. The evening will begin with a buffet at 5:30 p.m. in the dining room and the doors to the games, silent, and live auction will open at 6 p.m. The auctioneer will be Aaron Williams, owner of Aaron Williams Landscaping and Design. Reservations are $55 per person and may be made online through the foundation's webpage (www.seniorlivingfoundation.net) or by mail at P. O. Box 12, Norge, Virginia 23127 or $65 at the door.
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