By: Bonnie Davis Guy
Kathy Motsinger, the director of the Johnson County Senior Center, simply can’t contain her excitement as she shares information on all the events she has planned for this spring and summer. Cheering her efforts on are two members of the center’s advisory board, Val Harrod and Barbara Wilson, who have nothing but praise for the events and changes Motsinger has introduced. All three say that the new changes and scheduled events have not only excited the regulars but has increased attendance from on average of 40 people per day to up to 70 people coming in per day.
Motsinger, who was formerly at the Johnson County High School for many years, has been able to get grants for the center but is also drawing on her community contacts. This past Friday, Linda Arnold, with the business and technology classes at JCHS, brought several students to work with the seniors at the center on technology issues. Senior day gives the high school students the opportunity to share their tech savvy skills with those born prior to the age of computers, pads, tablets, and smart phones. Motsinger reports that the day was a huge success. Not only did everyone enjoy the event, but the seniors were able to gain new knowledge and skills.
There is always something going on at the senior center. Last week the center held a hot fudge sundae treat day and a CPR training for the center’s seniors, staff, and volunteers. Angie Stout from the Johnson County Health Department was the CPR instructor for this event. No matter what your age or situation, knowledge of CPR can and does save lives.
On Friday, March 31, there was a diabetic luncheon and information session. Students for JCHS catered the event and it was free to those attending. The cost of the meals was covered via a grant that Angie Stout received to provide community diabetes education. There were also guest speakers, followed by a question and answer session. Besides the culinary arts students who did the catering, the HOSA students were available to check blood pressures.
In April, the center will feature a class in making homemade Easter cards, as well as an Easter dinner and hat day. A delicious Easter meal will be provided along with an Easter egg hunt and entertainment by the Trivet Family Bluegrass Band. Don’t forget to wear your hats as the age-old tradition of hat wearing for Easter will be in full display at the center this year.
As always, the center has exercise classes, billiards, a lunch meal and fellowship on the agenda every day. There are several planned field trips as well, including shopping trips. On the schedule April 23rd- 27th is a trip to New Orleans. Seniors will get to enjoy New Orleans food, fun, and sightseeing without worrying about transportation and travel plans.
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