SAIL members learn about technologies and services for seniors
Richard 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.
Johnson 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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Hali Taylor and Lee Ann Warner of the Shepherdstown Public Library spoke to a group of SAIL members assembled for the July 17th Brown Bag Lunch. Taylor, the Director of the library, said that the new library will be located adjacent to the Clarion Hotel. The location will provide easy access from Route 480 and the By Pass for both pedestrian and automobile traffic.
The building, nestled into the terrain, will incorporate green technology concepts including a “living roof.” There will be a separate level and entrance for the children’s collection. The adult level will include meeting spaces and will connect internally by stairs to the children’s collection.
Shepherdstown 4th of July Parade
A hardy band of SAILers scoffed at the rain to march in the Shepherdstown 4th of July parade. As we waited in line, the skies seemed to clear a little – so we stashed our rain gear on a friendly porch and set off. Ted Walton and James Stovall carried our banner. Carolyn Rodis carried her sign, “you can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old,” Melinda Landolt and Lou Ann Stovall carried flags, while Catherine Irwin, Judy Moore and Marie McGraw distributed brochures to the eager onlookers.
The parade seemed to have more marchers this year. Onlookers crowded the sidewalks along the route. There were lots of smiles, cheers and waves for SAIL. Note for next year: bring more brochures! There was a lot of interest in SAIL from the crowd.
Senior Prom Night
On 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.
The 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!