Hello November!!!!! This month has brought the official fall weather along with it. After having our extended days of Summer, we can now welcome cooler days and colder nights, whether openly or reluctantly, it has arrived. We are excited to welcome all of our newcomers to the center and have enjoyed getting to know you. We continue to encourage all of our seniors to come and join us for our daily activities and special trips.
Thanksgiving Day is merely weeks away and everyone is sure to be preparing to spend time with family and friends to enjoy the food, fun and other festivities that may be planned. We encourage you to simply remember to give thanks for all of those that you love and cherish your time with your loved ones. We wish you many blessings on Thanksgiving Day and hope that your bellies will be stuffed and day will be filled with love, peace and much happi-ness. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Open enrollment began October 15, 2017 and ends December 7, 2017. If you are interested in sched-uling a 1 on 1 appointment with a Medicare representative on November 3, 2017 at Newark Senior Center please call 1-800-336-9500. Appointments are every half hour from 11:30 am—3:00 pm. Hurry and schedule your appointment for this date. If you’re not available this day, come to Jimmy Jenkins Senior Center on November 10, 2017 @ 10:00 am to get the necessary information to choose the best supplemental insurance that fits your personal needs. Contact our senior center director, Jocelyn Dixon, at 302-764-9022 for more information.
October was another amazing month for our seniors!! Just like a tv series, Fall brought back many of our senior favorites that included our art classes, computer training classes, and knitting/crocheting. We, unfortunately, had to postpone our swimming classes due to unforeseen circumstances, but we’ll be sure to notify every-one when things are up and running again. Our seniors have been busy, busy, busy for sure!! Starting the month off at Reading Terminal and staying on the move……..
Kingswood Showoffs are still on the move with the Senior Challenge and we are so very proud of everyone that is participating!! As a reminder, remember to call in your activities and steps weekly. Vanessa, our liaison for the Delaware Senior Challenge, has been providing courtesy reminder calls to get your information, but please re-member that this is your responsibility. This is a year long challenge and our goal is to be ranked #1 in the entire state of Delaware!! TOGETHER WE CAN DO THIS!!
Our center offers the opportunity to see various stage plays and musicals throughout each month. In October, we had the opportunity to see Chicago and Backtrack. This month’s plays/musicals are listed in the TRIPS section of our newsletter. These events are usually in the evening and at a very low cost to participants. Tickets are limited and on a first come; first paid basis.
The trip to The Best Kept Secret of Lancaster County was an absolute success and our seniors most certainly found some of the best kept secrets in the county. Shopping, shopping, and more shopping!!!!! The bus was full, the weather was great, and the at-mosphere of those attending was fabulous. The next trip for The Best Kept Secret will be in Chester County, PA on November 30th. It’s not too late to sign up to join us for one final shopping spree before the holidays.
MEALS AT THE CENTER…..The lunches at the senior center are provided by City Fare everyday. They are well-balanced and nutritious meals. The cost of the meals are $2.00 daily for ages 60+ and $5.00 daily for those under age 60. This donation is expected upon arrival and can be given to one of the activity coordinators. If you have questions or concerns please see the senior center director, Jocelyn Dixon
TRANSPORTATION……..Transportation is provided to/from the senior center and most of our trips and activities outside of the center. If you are in need of transportation you must contact the senior center director to be added to the driver’s pickup list. Be aware that our driver picks up children for the ELC after he drops our seniors off, therefore, it is extremely important that you are ready and waiting for his arrival AND PLEASE CALL if you usually ride but will not be riding any particular day. If you do not have the driver’s number please ask.
INCLEMENT WEATHER……..With the changes in season coming so quickly, please watch the news in the mornings for closings. If the school districts are closed, the center will likely be closed as well. Also, bring a sweater or light jacket in case the temperature at the center is not warm enough for you.
SENIOR ROLL CALL…….This service is provided for FREE by New Castle County Po-lice Department. Seniors will receive a pre-recorded “Well-Being Check” call as often as they choose (i.e. daily or weekly) to verify their well-being. If there is no answer after several attempts, an active well-being check will be initiated by contacting the seniors’ emergency contacts first, and if unable to reach them, a police officer will be dis-patched. For further information or to signup free of charge, call 302-395-8159.
SUGGESTION BOX…….Our suggestion box here at the center is conveniently located by the front door. We encourage and welcome you to add your ideas or suggestions for activities, games, trips or anything you feel will enhance your experience here at the senior center.
41st Frauline Trotter Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Luncheon
The City of Wilmington is sponsoring a Thanksgiving luncheon at William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center to celebrate the
seniors of the community. Signup no later than November 13th if you plan to attend. Transportation will be provided.
Contact Jocelyn Dixon at 302-764-9022 for further details.
Date: November 16, 2017
Time: 11:00 - 2:00 pm
Shopping, food, fun and ADVENTURES!! Shopping off
the beaten path businesses. ***TICKETS ARE REQUIRED*** WHO’S PARTICIPATING? Can’t tell you!
That’s part of the ADVENTURE!
BUT we can tell you there will be . . ..Gift & home accessory stores in barns, log cabins, Victorian mansions, old factories, private homes or stone mills, farmers’ markets, farms with products and animals, unique cafes, gourmet food shops, orchards, wineries, specialty shops, artists’ galleries, potters’ studios, greenhouses, factory stores, vintage shops, woodworking shops, antique stores, clothing, jewelry and breakfast to start the day off!
November 30, 2017—Chester County, PA
Cost $15 each trip
Leaving Kingswood at 8:00 am.
Contact Jocelyn Dixon for further information 302-764-9022
IT'S PARTY TIME!!!
COME AND CELEBRATE WITH US!!!
Jesus is the action-packed musical stage adventure that takes you on a miraculous journey alongside the most famous person to ever walk the earth, and the everyday people whose lives he changed forever.
We will be staying at the Continental Inn where breakfast will be provided. A trip to Shady Maple Smorgasbord is also included along with several other outings.
April 17-18, 2018
2 Day Trip “Jesus”
Cost: $260 (Transportation, hotel & breakfast included )
Please contact Jocelyn Dixon at 302-764-9022
The first day of Fall was September 22, 2017 and although we still have summer-like temperatures hanging around we must be sure that our seniors are aware of some necessary precautions that should take place to prepare the change in season. One of the biggest problems that older individuals face is the risk of slipping and falling. As summer transitions into autumn, there will be many more trip hazards and slick surfaces than usual. However, most people fail to consider these potential hazards because they are not as obviously dangerous as the snow that will begin falling in a few months.
1. Pick Up the Leaves
When leaves start filling up the yard, it will be time to make sure they are cleaned up on a regular basis. Failure to do so could cause a senior to trip or slip. This becomes especially problematic when leaves get wet during a fall rainstorm. Additionally, be sure to keep leaves from clogging up your loved one’s gutter in order to protect their house.
2. Be Cautious on Rainy Days
Puddles and other wet surfaces can be hazardous for people of all ages, but its especially important to help the elderly avoid them. This is because they are often not very stable on their feet. Older individuals may also have poor vision that makes it harder for them to see puddles without assistance. Whenever possible, consider rescheduling outings if the weather is really bad.
3. Prepare for Flu Season
Unfortunately, elderly people are at a much higher risk of suffering from serious complications if they con-tract influenza. In fact, at least 71 percent of all annual flu deaths in the U.S. happen to individuals who are 65 or older. With this in mind, you should help ensure that your older family member is as protected as possible. The flu shot is a great place to start, and the CDC recommends it for all seniors. Other proactive steps include frequent hand washing, using hand sanitizer while in public places and steering clear of friends and relatives who have the flu.
From beginner to expert, come out and show off your skills, learn how to play, or teach another fellow senior how to shoot pool.
This is a great way to keep your eye-hand coordination busy.
The pool table is available daily from 9am– 3pm.
Bring your own pool stick or use ours! The choice is yours!
** Billiards also counts towards the Senior Challenge**
For more details or if you have any questions please contact
Jocelyn Dixon @ 302-764-9022
The Mayor’s Wilmington Aging Advisory Council is sponsoring a Thanksgiving ball dinner dance at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 800 South Madison Street, Wilmington. This event is for seniors ages 55 or older. Persons under 55 are not permitted. It will include a live DJ for your listening pleasure and entertainment. Transportation will also be provided by Wilmington Department of Parks & Recreation.
Tickets will be on sale beginning September 5th—First Come, First Serve. The event is a FORMAL AFFAIR.
The cost is $20 per ticket. For more information , contact Jocelyn Dixon at 302-359-7939.
GET UP AND GET MOVING!!! The Senior Challenge is underway and the KINGSWOOD’S SENIOR SHOWOFFS are up and ready to win this year long challenge!! Walk Delaware is part of the Delaware Senior Olympics. This pro-gram is a TEAM effort and our current registered members are getting a jump on the competition that includes groups across the entire state of Delaware. Please join us on this journey!! Participants may include friends and family members of the Jimmy Jenkins Senior Center ages 50 & over!! A pedometer and tracking book are provided to each new member! Still plenty of time to signup!
**REMEMBER you must call your activities in weekly** **Registration is required**
**INCENTIVE ALERT**INCENTIVE ALERT**INCENTIVE ALERT**
FOR EVERY SENIOR THAT CALLS THEIR ACTIVITIES IN FOR 4 WKS STRAIGHT, YOU WILL RECEIVE A SENIOR CHALLENGE TSHIRT!
**REMEMBER you must call your activities in weekly**
**Registration is required and FREE**
Contact Vanessa Grier@ 302-764-9022 for more details.
November 14, 2017
Delaware Diabetes Coalition
Dover Downs Conference Center 9-3
Bus leaving Kingswood at 8am
Cost: No Cost (Seating limited to 20 people)
November 17, 2017
Upper Darby Performing Arts Theatre
601 Landsdowne Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Cost: $5 (7 tickets available) Showtime: 7:30 pm
December 14, 2017
Christmas Holiday Party
Kingswood Community Center
2300 Bowers Street
Cost: $10 Time: 6 -10 pm
December 15, 2017
People’s Light Theatre
39 Conestoga Road
Malvern, PA 19355
Cost: $5 (9 tickets available) Showtime: 7:00 pm
January 5, 2018
Italian American Reconciliation
Players Club of Swarthmore
614 Fairview Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081 (15 tickets available)
January 11, 2018
The Wilma Theatre
265 S Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 ((4 tickets available
**Daily activities subject to change if other activities are occurring on specific dates and times**