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Silvermont Celebrates National Senior Center Month


September 4, 2017

Silvermont Opportunity Center announces a Septem-ber packed with special events to celebrate Nation-al Senior Center Month. With two prize drawings, six special events and lots of opportunities to make friends, SOC has it all.

Members of the senior center are encouraged to bring a friend over the age of 60 and living in Transyl-vania County to experience the education, community and fun. Members and their friends can enter a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Mayberry’s in downtown Brevard.

The second raffle will be open to members and non-members aged 60 plus who fill out a survey. Pick up our newsletter and survey at the Transylvania Public Library or at Silvermont to participate. Surveys must be turned in at the front desk of SOC by Sept. 30 to qualify for the prize.

The following workshops are free unless otherwise noted and open to the public. SOC encourages caregivers, friends and family of older adults to attend these trainings.

Greta Herring from N.C. Dept. of Public Safety – Division of Emergency Management will visit Silvermont on Thursday, Sept. 7, SOC at 10 a.m. Join her for an informative and timely discussion of Hurricane and Flood Emergency Preparedness. In light of the disaster our neighbors in Texas face from Hurricane Harvey, it is vital to be equipped with this knowledge. September is National Preparedness Month in addition to Senior Center Month. Take advantage of this great chance to learn skills for dealing with tropical conditions.

On Thursday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m., Carol Allison, the regional Land of Sky ombudsman, will visit and discuss how to advocate for those living in long-term care facilities. The word “ombudsman” is a Swedish word that means “citizens’ advocate,” and Allison is well-versed on adult care facilities residents’ rights as the WNC-area mediator.

VAYA Health representative Judith Earley returns to Silvermont on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. for a seminar on “Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders.” Earley’s presentation and open discussion will lead to a better understanding for friends and families with a loved one affected by a mental health disorder. On the afternoon of Sept. 21, at 2:45 p.m., directly following her Ener-chi healing movement fitness class, SOC’s own Kashmyra will present “Secrets to a Longer and Healthier Life.” Take charge of your health and extend your lifespan by discovering and integrating anti-aging habits the healthiest elders have in common — covering food, exercise and other lifestyle choices. Cost is $15 for members/$20 for visitors. Newcomers who arrive at 1:30 p.m. can join the Ener-CHI Healing Movement class prior to this workshop for free.

Erin Strain from Alliant Quality Health will begin the series “Everyone with Diabetes Counts” on Tues-day, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m. and continuing at 10 a.m. on the following Tuesdays. This Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) is an interactive, hands-on workshop that will help people of all ages work with their health care providers to take control of their diabetes through nutrition, exercise, stress management and goal setting.

To round off a month of educational events, retired certified financial planner and local volunteer with the Search and Rescue team, Bob Overstreet, will present “Personal Finance for Seniors.” Topics will include cash flow analysis, financial asset classes and post retirement allocation, as well as some tax, insurance and real estate planning.

Silvermont Opportunity Center (SOC) is a senior activity center with no membership fees. SOC strives to invigorate and enhance the quality of life for adults ages 60 plus in Transylvania County. Located in Brevard at 364 E. Main St., Silvermont is a division of Western Caro-lina Community Action (WCCA) and provides a range of services, activities, programs and other opportunities designed to encourage active aging and improve the well-being of older adults in the community.

For more information on these and other programs and services, call 884-3166.


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