NASHVILLE — The senior years can be fun and fulfilling if local residents take advantage of the resources available at the Nash County Senior Center in Nashville.
On Monday, some seniors could be found at the center tapping their toes to tunes as they engaged in line dancing. These sessions are available from 5 to 7 p.m. most Monday nights for $3 for seniors and $4 for younger folks.
Don’t know how to line dance? The center offers classes each month for $18. Like soul music instead of country music? The center offers Soul Line Dancing Classes as well.
The center also offers a wide range of other activities for the active senior ranging from information sessions to exercise classes to tournaments. Seniors can also join a book club, dinner club or travel club. They can watch a movie, take a trip or learn how to operate a computer. Information about these activities is found each quarter in the online newsletter at https://nashcountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/14/The-Nash-News?bidId=
Though the Nash County Senior does offer recreational activities for seniors in the area, it also offers far more in the way of resources for seniors and their families.
“We offer a lot of resources for caregivers,” said Ashley Winstead, senior services supervisor for Nash County. “We have a support group program for caregivers and other resources to help them such as Project Lifesaver.”
The Project Lifesaver program, she said, is not limited to senior citizens.
“This program is for people of all ages who are prone to wandering. We have a band that we can put on them so that if they go missing, we can find them,” Winstead said.
Winstead that she, firefighters and other emergency personnel can use radio frequencies to help track people, children and adults if they wander off while wearing the band.
“That’s a really good program,” she said.
Winstead is the lead for Nash County’s Home and Community Block Grant program, so the Nash County Senior Center is aware of the funding streams and information for many of the local senior resources offered in the community such as the Wright’s Center adult day care facility, Meals on Wheels program and free transportation services that are available for qualifying participants.
“A lot of people are not aware of all the resources offered in the community for seniors and their caregivers,” Winstead said.
People in the community who want to gather information about nursing home or assisted living options or just to get questions answered about Medicaid or Medicare for themselves or family members they are caring for can make an appointment with Winstead to explore their options.
“I am here to help caregivers have a little peace of mind, so they are not burned out,” Winstead said. “Burn out is a real concern for caregivers. Sometimes the people they care for outlive them because they are so stressed out that they are not taking care of their own health.”