There are so many special events scheduled for January/February 2019. Please check out everything to see and do in our newsletter link.
“MindMatters” comes to the Big Spring Senior Center
MindMatters: A distinctive approach to learning WITF, Central Pennsylvania’s affiliate for PBS and NPR, is offering an exciting initiative for Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) Senior Community Centers and Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) to offer highly engaging educational programming. The project, called MindMatters, delivers a monthly series of intellectually stimulating lectures by knowledgeable presenters on topics of most interest to older adults. MindMatters lectures are presented by academic lecturers and experts on subjects ranging from history to current events, politics and culture. The lectures cover subjects on a regional, national, international scale and allow attendees to watch, listen and learn, and then explore, expand and share their views. These compelling lectures are delivered via webcast, allowing groups of attendees at multiple locations to attend from familiar surroundings. Each presentation is intended to be an interactive experience. Audiences are encouraged to discuss the topics after the presentation. Sample discussion questions are provided. We will be offering the following lectures at 9:30 a.m. on the following Wednesdays:
Wednesday, March 13th we will present Quilts: Crafting an American Icon by Dr. Janneken Smucker of West Chester University. Quilts have become quintessentially American objects but they have not always covered Americans' beds. Once they got started making them, Americans developed a special relationship with quilts. They have produced them in a multitude of formats and have used them for a variety of purpses, from practical to symbolic. Whole cloth, mosaic, medallion, block style, Crazy, utility, prize-winning, political, crib, bed, wall--Americans have done them all. In 1997, art critic Robert Hughes called Amish quilts "American's first abstract art," due to their strong graphics and visual parallels with abstract paintings. At the same time, these country crafts help attract tourists to "Amish Country" eager to take home a souvenir of their visit. Smucker will explore these and other paradoxes of this material manifestation of Amish culture. Special visiting guest: Pat McKeehan, Cathy's Aunt-in-Law. This will be a great opportunity to share the story of a quilt that you may have in your home-please feel free to bring it.
Wednesay, April 24th: Down by the Depot-The Railroad Museum of PA Patrick Morrison is the Site Administrator at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, where he has worked for more than 20 years. He has a master's degree in History from the University of Delaware and he is devoted to telling the rich stories of railroading in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This talk is a detailed look at Pennsylvania train depots and terminals, both freight and passenger, and how the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania has explored station architecture, past, present and future.
Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop
With Hersh Shukla, Physical Therapist at the Orthopedic Spine Physical Therapy, Carlisle Tuesday, March 19 at 10:15 a.m. Held at the Big Spring Senior Center
Do you suffer with back pain or leg pain when you stand or walk? Do you have pain when you sit for long periods or drive? Do you experience pain, numbness or tingling into your butt, groin or down your leg? Does your back ever “go out” if you move the wrong way? Here is some of what you will learn: The number one single biggest mistake sufferers make which actually stops them from healing. The three most common causes of lower back pain and sciatica. What successful treatment and permanent relief look like without the side effects of medication, injections or surgery. Register by calling the OSPT office at 717-341-2211. When you register, you will be mailed a worksheet which you will bring with you to the workshop.
Healthy Steps for Older Adults Fall Prevention Program
Held at the First United Presbyterian Church 111 West Big Spring Avenue, Newville, PA Thursday, April 25, 2019 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
The Big Spring Senior Center in partnership with the Cumberland County Office of Aging and the Cumberland County Senior Centers will be offering their annual Fall Prevention Program on Thursday, April 25th at First United Presbyterian Church. This program aims to keep older adults on their feet and out of hospitals. The Senior Centers will hold this workshop aimed on home safety, staying active, communication and more, as well as physical-skills assessments given by trained Center volunteers. Call us at 717-776-4478 to sign up for the program or for more information (past participants are welcome). Pre-registration is a must and class size is limited. All 50-years-of-age and older are encouraged to attend.
Speakers Coming to the Senior Center
Walking Together: Modern Medications, Effects of Medication on the Elderly, Skin and Nail Care with Richard Gobin, Pharmacist and part owner of the Big Spring Pharmacy and four other pharmacies, on Thursday, March 14th at 6:30 p.m. Preferring a question-and-answer format, Mr. Gobin will address the above topics. So come armed with questions that apply to your loved one with dementia. Walking Together: Physical Therapy and Dementia with April Black, Manag-er of Therapy Services at Green Ridge Village on Thursday, April 11th at 6:30 p.m. Come and hear how physical therapy can benefit those with dementia. Walking Together will meets in the Rhoades Fellowship Hall at the First United Presbyterian Church, 111 W. Big Spring Avenue, Newville, PA. It will include a time of connecting with others in similar circumstances. Refreshments will be served. The program will conclude at 8 p.m. and is open to the public. For more information call (717)776-7525. Walking Together: Caregiving for the Memory Loss Community is jointly sponsored by the First United Presbyterian Church, The Big Spring Senior Center and Green Ridge Village, all of Newville, PA. It looks to offer education and information to support people who are dealing with a loved one’s memory loss issues on a daily basis.
Wednesday, March 27th at 12:00 noon:Nutrition Program: Safely Aging in your Home/Safe Kitchen presented by Homeland at Home at the Big Spring Senior Center.
Jill Davis & Her Travel Adventures: Wednesday, April 10th at 9:30 a.m. - Jill Davis is a retired school teacher from the Big Spring School District and a seasoned traveler. Come learn about her many adventures after retirement and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Treats made by Cathy will be related to Jill's travels.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Important to Know: The Big Spring Senior Center is supported, in part, by a grant from the Cumberland County Office of Aging and Community Services, The Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Watercolor Painting Opportunity: Do you have an interest in water coloring? It takes space, inspiration and motivation and we can help. Join our established group of painters. The cost is $1 each week to the Senior Center. Please call 776-4478 to register and to get more information.
Crafts: Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. at the Center. We could use your help, hands and ideas. Come and make beaded jewelry to sell at the craft table during our yard sale. In addition we are making centerpieces for upcoming holiday events.
Games at the Center: We have lots of opportunities to play cards and games at the Center. On Thursday mornings, at 9:30 a.m., we play 500 with a dedicated group of card players. On Thursday afternoons, at 12:30 p.m., Bob Ballard leads us in a variety of board games. Also, we have a game night once a month. Check the calendar for dates and times. Don’t ever consider playing games as frivolous; studies show that it stimulates your brain which helps counter the aging process.
Blood Pressure Check: Anna Failor, a retired nurse, is volunteering her time on Wednesday each month from 12:15—1 p.m., to help you keep track of this important health indicator. Dates to mark on your calendar are November 28th and December 26th.
Cinema Fridays:The Senior Center has procured a license to show movies in our Center. On Friday, January 25th we will be showing a blockbuster movie. Come join us from 1-3 p.m. for a bowl of popcorn and drink. Donation $2
Breakfast Groups: On Friday, February 1st we will be holding the Ladies' Breakfast. Come out and enjoy a hot, homemade breakfast made by Senior Center staff and its volunteers. $5.00 Just give us a call so we know that we will be expecting you.