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SAIL members learn about technologies and services for seniors
Richard WomeldorfRichard Womeldorf, a Shepherdstown resident, and Christina Johnson from Panhandle Home Health were guest speakers at a recent SAIL brown bag lunch.

Womeldorf retired about ten years ago after a series of strokes left him wheel-chair bound.  He explained how he has simplified his life with the use of several technologies he recommends to the group.

Large print books, magnifying screen readers like JAWS, and audiobooks are options that help him overcome problems with low vision.  He uses a cellphone called ‘Snapfon’ which offers large buttons and numbers, enhanced speakers, a speaking keypad and a flashlight.  Additionally the phone serves as an alert system through its sosPLUS mobile feature that connects him to 24/7 emergency response contacts. 

Christina JohnsonJohnson discussed the services Panhandle Home Health provides area residents.  Panhandle Home Health is a medically directed, nonprofit facility that provides services to those who require long term care after a hospital stay.  They offer anything from physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy to the services of a social worker, a nutritional counselor, and a certified home health aide.  In addition, they are organizing a new program which provides an avenue for continuity of care for patients who are transiting from therapy to hospice.

Another service is an equipment loan program that takes donated items and refurbishes them for redistribution to those in need.  Equipment includes things like wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, shower chairs and stools, portable commodes, hospital beds and stair lifts.

Everyone present agreed that the presentations were informative and useful.  Many thanks to Richard and Christina!

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Senior Prom Night

Hal and Betty SnyderOn Wednesday, June 3rd, Trinity Church Fellowship Hall glowed with light from Japanese Lanterns.  Sounds of music from the 50’s and 60’s could be heard wafting from the doors.  SAIL was hosting their quarterly Member/Volunteer Pot Luck Dinner where the theme of the event was Prom Night.


Attendees came sporting bobby-soxer attire.  Decorations included posters of drive-in movies, Elvis, a jukebox, and a camper rig!!!  Some members even shared photos of their earlier Senior Proms.


Donna and Dave WrightThe Activity Committee, headed by Ted Walton and Martha Young, did a wonderful job of planning and coordinating the gala event to provide a walk down memory lane.


President Jack Young facilitated the after-dinner "Trivia Challenge" activities and word games.  He also extended a special welcome to new members, Donna and Dave Wright and Bob and Joan Fischer.  Each of the 35 attendees joined in the festivities, making the evening a rousing success!

Drive-In Movie 

Award at Friday Brown Bag Lunch
 Member Eunice Earle is presented the coveted SAIL Raffle prize by SAIL Board member Ted Walton.
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 former SAIL member Marian Buckner. Marian was a renowned artist who exibited widely in the area. Her local showings included juried venues at the Bridge Gallery and the Martinsburg Arts Center.