Archive for 'Senior Services'
Issue: April 2011 by Megan Norcross.
It’s the place of many Christmas memories. Thousands of twinkling lights, festive music in the air and hand-painted figures dance beside car windows as hundreds make the voyage to Bedford, Virginia, to see the Christmas display at Elks National Home. Often remembered specifically for that purpose, this Mediterranean-style building has been serving seniors in the [...]
Lynchburg High Apartments: Upgrades Underway to Better Serve Elderly, Low-Income and Disabled Residents
Issue: March 2011 by Christina Hylton.
Sandra Davenport knows crews are working diligently on her and her neighbors’ residences at Lynchburg High Apartments. She has a front-row seat to the construction. “I’m excited to be able to stay on-site for the renovations. Every day I see progress being made,” said Davenport, who was relocated to a multi-family unit on the outer [...]
Issue: February 2011 by Megan L. House.
Accumulation of snowflakes may spark excitement in the children of our community, but for senior citizens, winter weather causes multiple problems. Aside from the increased risk of falling, senior citizens deal with the flu, colds, hypothermia and arthritis pain. “Our bones tell us when it’s cold,” 80-year-old Josephine Reynolds said. “We don’t even have to [...]
Issue: January 2011 by Johanna Calfee.
Sally* was in a desperate situation. Her family friend, Bill*, whom she shared a house with and provided full-time care to, was in bad shape. He recently had a stroke, had diabetes and was in overall poor health. Worst of all, neither had enough money to pay for regular meals, so Sally called Meals on [...]
Issue: December 2010 by Stephanie James.
A typical senior adult does not want to feel that he is solely dependent on others. Most want to feel that they are as self-sufficient and capable as they always have been. However, there may come a time when they need assistance with daily living or they may not want to deal with some tasks [...]
Issue: November 2010 by Kimberly Feldkamp.
The Vision Tulane Patterson is quick to greet you with a warm smile, kind eyes and an energetic handshake. On this particular day, that welcome comes in the waiting room of the Generation Solutions building on Route 221 in Lynchburg. The building is actually a red brick ranch-style house, with a large sign out front, [...]
Issue: October 2010 by Hilary Sutton.
“At my age I do what Mark Twain did. I get my daily paper, look at the obituaries page and if I’m not there I carry on as usual.” –Patrick Moore In 2010, at the tail end of the worst recession in decades and on the cusp of the Baby Boomer retirement age, life is [...]
Issue: September 2010 by Hilary Sutton.
Brenda, a cheerful southern woman with a warm, welcoming smile stands at the front of the dining room at the Central Virginia Area Agency on Aging (CVAAA). Before her is a gaggle of 15 elderly folks sitting together at long tables. “We gotta decide every day to get up and keep walkin’. We’re not always [...]
Issue: August 2010 by Johanna Calfee.
No matter how many signs may be present or years you’ve had to prepare, making the decision to place a parent or loved one into assisted living is almost always a heart-wrenching one. Despite the numerous, excellent local facilities that exist for this purpose, the choice of putting a parent in such a home can [...]
Issue: July 2010 by Kimberly Feldkamp.
One of my favorite people is my 91-year-old grandma, Mildred. She’s very fiery, friendly and smart, and starts her mornings with a crossword puzzle, a cup of coffee and some sort of delicious pastry. Her favorites include blueberry muffins, Krispy Kreme donuts and coffeecake. “I’m 90 years old,” she said the night she ate a [...]