January started with all types of plans for the upcoming 2020. We were planning a monthly one-on-one consultation for anyone who had questions about hearing changes as we age with the Hearing, Speech and Deaf Center; a 12-month program on living with diabetes with the chronic disease prevention outreach coordinators from the YMCA; a day seminar on first aid mental health with the Area Health Education Center for Western Washington. Our last Health Resource Fair was so well received, we were planning another one in April, as well as having Dr. Bill Lombard and Micki Jackson back for National Healthcare Decisions Day. All this to name a few.
There were the social events, too. Maybe a monthly Friday night dinner and dance; or a Hot August Nights party and BBQ. Or an improv night in October for some laughs. And, of course, our Fall Holiday bazaar. Our trips through Bellaire Tours and Adventures were getting more people signed up. We wanted to start a walking and/or hiking group, as well as a biking group. We even had some members agree to help lead them.
All in all, we were excited about the upcoming new year! Then the coronavirus hit and, obviously, our world came to a screeching halt.
We did continue working with Meals on Wheels doing delivery for daily hot meals and, as for the “congregate meal,” instead of coming into the dining room for meals it was changed to a daily hot meal pick up and then to a once-a-week pick up.
As your director, I know how important the center was and is – using the gym, exercising, playing cards, shooting pool or having lunch – just being with others is so important for our souls. We are working toward re-opening in 2021 and thank you for your support and understanding in all this.
Be well my friends and see you next year.