The Ypsilanti Senior Center sat down with WEMU to talk about the Senior Center’s “We Care Connect” Memory Cafe in April 2019. We Care Connect is a safe and judgment free environment that provides as a respite from the constant emotional turmoil brought on by dementia. This opportunity is provided to caregivers and persons living with memory loss to engage in social conversation, creative and entertaining activities, and develop friendships for mutual support.
Read the Concentrate piece on it on https://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/features/memorycafe0499.aspx and listen to the full interview on https://www.wemu.org/post/otgypsi-memory-cafes-maintain-social-skills-local-seniors.
The Census is coming in 2020. A postcard with a special code number will come in the mail by April 1, 2020. You will be directed to a website to fill out your information. Don’t throw away that postcard. It is important that everyone is counted. Michigan is allocated about $1800 of Federal funding per person per year that is counted in the state. In April we will have a completion day at the center. I am hoping to get students with laptops to help anyone that needs to fill in their information for the census. The Area Agency on Aging is making a video about possible scams that may be coming from the census. When it is completed we will show it at the center and give a link to watch it online. Snow Birds: Make sure you fill out the information for your Michigan address.
Mark your calendars: December 7 is our Jewelry sale. Help us out by setting up on Friday or working on Saturday. We will have flyers out soon. Pass them out to your friends and post them where you can. Come and shop the beautiful selection that were donated.
We are all caregivers. Whether it is a spouse, a neighbor, a child or a friend, we all care for others. In the new year we will host a few workshops for caregivers. It will be a way to make sure everyone is taken care of including the caregiver. I am hoping it will also strengthen our community. More to come.
The center is planning to have a Holiday craft show on November 16th. from 11- 4. If you want to show and sell your art and craft items see Monica before November 8. If we do not have enough crafters signing up we will need to cancel the event. Stay tuned.
We’ve got a month and a half to go. Heartland is sponsoring a competition among the senior centers to collect new socks, hats, gloves, and new or gently used coats to be donated to a good cause. So far we have 3 coats, 5 hats and 1 scarf. Please do not place other clothes in the collection bin. Donations should be made before November 15. The winning center will be treated to pie, ice cream and a turkey raffle all served by David Liebrecht dressed as a turkey.
We are also collecting items to send to the troops for the holidays.
Do you have a disability? Or are you a senior who needs help clearing snow off your sidewalk? The Washtenaw County Sheriff Department’s Community Work Program offers snow removal for seniors & people with disabilities. Every year the WCSO Community Work Program assists in clearing snow for approximately 170 households throughout the county. If you are interested in receiving assistance with snow removal from the Community Work Program, please call 734- 973-4867. This service is VERY popular so the earlier in the autumn you call, the better.
Mark your calendars! The center is planning to have a Holiday craft show on November 16 from 11- 4. If you want to show your art and craft items, there is an application in the newsletter.