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by Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY
Although some people want to move to a warmer climate or exotic locale in retirement, for most folks, their current home is where their heart is.
Watch the eagles that live at the National Conservation Training Center located just outside Shepherdstown as they feed and tend to their new eaglets.
This web site is built with seniors in mind. It contains health and wellness information for older adults and is hosted by the National Institutes of Health.
The Medical Press web site features an article showing that training the elderly in social media improves well-being and combats isolation.
Heart Attack and Water - I never knew all of this ! Interesting.......
An offshoot of the sharing economy, virtual villages are popping up all over the country to offer older adults access to resources and social connections that help them age in place.
SAIL Installs 2015 Officers
Shepherdstown Area Independent Living (SAIL), installed new officers for 2015 at a meeting of its board members. The outgoing board was comprised of Carolyn Rodis, Hal Snyder, Judy Moore, James Stovall, Dan Van Bellegham, GT Schramm, with Vicky Thomas serving as president, Jack Young as vice president, Ted Walton as secretary, and Cris Kinsella as treasurer. The 2015 board is made up of members Vicky Thomas, GT Shramm, Dan Van Belleghem, Hal Snyder, Diana Eldridge and John Griffith, with Jack Young serving as president, Carolyn Rodis as vice president, Ted Walton as secretary, and Carl Moore as treasurer.
At the meeting, outgoing president Vicky Thomas reflected on the group's accomplishments since its inception in 2012. About a third of the organizations like SAIL close within the first three years. SAIL hasn’t closed. “We're growing!" she said. In fact, SAIL has almost tripled its membership since it started. SAIL began with approximately 26 members and now includes approximately 80 participants.
SAIL was the first "village" of its type established in the state of West Virginia. As Thomas explained, SAIL's purpose is to sustain quality of life for area residents as they age by providing community support and various services and resources. "I think Shepherdstown's really special and I don't want to go to a retirement community because they're all very far from here," she said.
In a letter to outgoing president Thomas, Jack Young described her as "one of the visionaries who first dared to consider the possibility." Thomas said that SAIL has work ahead in continuing to pursue its mission. "It's still a young organization. It still has a lot to do." Particular emphasis continues to be placed on addressing the many challenges older residents face in terms of transportation. "It's a really big thing for people like us," she said. "I look back at all the ideas we have had, all the people who have been central to this organization's beginning. Members and board members who are no longer in town or in SAIL, early volunteers, the ministerial association, Good Shepherd's staff and board members, the current and former members-all are in my thoughts," Thomas said in her final president’s report. "So, let's have a wonderful year."
More information about SAIL can be found by visiting www.shepherdstownSAIL.org or by emailing info@shepherdstownSAIL.org.
Award at Friday Brown Bag Lunch
At the regularly scheduled Friday Brown Bag Lunch, Board Member Ted Walton presented SAIL member Eunice Earle with the SAIL Raffle prize. It was
a beautiful watercolor painted and donated by SAIL member Marian Buckner. Marian is a renowned artist who has exibited widely. Her local
showings have included juried venues at the Bridge Gallery and the Martinsburg Arts Center.
Pot Luck Dinner
On Friday, January 30, SAIL hosted its annual Pot Luck Dinner to celebrate Ground Hog Day, The event was held at the Trinity Episcopal
ChurchFellowship Hall and was attended by approximately 40 people including the newest member John King. Good food and convivial conversations
were acompanied by a lively "trivia" challenge.
Our thanks to Jack and Avery Younis who helped with the party arrangements as a part of their high school community service activity