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Aging Matters: Virtual AgingWell program to be held Tuesday
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Aging Matters: Virtual AgingWell program to be held Tuesday

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Virtual AgingWell program to be held Tuesday

The AgingWell Series will be presented 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday via Zoom. The series is sponsored by the Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, Sticht Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention.

The speaker will be Kristen Beavers, an assistant professor of Health and Exercise Science at Wake Forest University. Her topic will be “How to Safely Lose Weight in Your 70’s and Beyond.”

Chef Valentin Bello of the River Birch Lodge in Winston Salem will show how easy it is to prepare their signature Spicy Garlic Ginger Glazed Salmon and Shrimp served with Gouda mac and cheese.

Sandy Seeber will teach a variation of The Eight Brocades, which uses eight movements to harmonize and balance the body and its energy.

Participation is free but attendees need to email to register and receive the link to join the meeting.

It is important for first-time attendees to register so that you will receive the follow-up information from each program that includes: recipes from the cooking demonstrations and notes from the presentations.

Outdoor tour of Old Salem for caregivers

Family caregivers are invited to a free walk and guided tour through Old Salem, outdoors only, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 19. Those who attend will also receive a boxed lunch from Muddy Creek Café.

The day out is provided by the It’s All About You Caregiver Program, sponsored by The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem, ComForCare Home Care, Trinity Presbyterian Church, and the Family Caregiver Support Program.

Deadline for registration is Wednesday. Limited respite care is available.

For more information, or to register, contact Carol Ann Harris, at or 336-748-0217.

The rain date is Oct. 26.

Volunteer orientation session planned

The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem will hold a volunteer orientation session from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Oct. 19, at the center at 1700 Ebert St., Winston-Salem.

Older adults in the community need your help with supportive services such as transportation, minor home repairs, visits and caregiver support. Mileage reimbursement is offered.

A list of volunteer opportunities is available at

For more information or to register for the session, call The Shepherd’s Center at 336-748-0217 or email

Volunteer tax preparers needed

The AARP Tax-Aide program completes free personal federal and state tax returns from Feb. 1 through April 15.

Volunteers are needed to prepare the returns. Volunteers should be somewhat computer proficient, have good communication/interpersonal abilities, be detail oriented, and have a willingness to learn.

Volunteers are also needed to schedule appointments, verify identification and taxpayer information before assignment to a tax preparer. Training is required, and tax preparers must pass an exam to be certified.

To complete an application:

Go to

Once on AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program, select “Learn More”

Under “Volunteer Roles,” click on the “Submit an Interest Form” link and complete the application.

AARP Tax-Aide operates in a safe environment in which all volunteers are vaccinated.

For more information, call Paul McElroy at 336-955-1062 or Andy Surasky at 336-777-6189. Leave a message with your name, phone number and the reason you are calling.

Help with Medicare annual open enrollment

The annual Medicare open enrollment will take place Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, Medicare beneficiaries in Forsyth County will be assisted locally, as much as possible, through telephone or other virtual means during the annual enrollment period.

Annual enrollment assistance will be provided by volunteers and staff members of the Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem, the Forsyth County coordinating site for the N.C. Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). One hour appointments will be offered during the period subject to the availability of counselors. Some referrals may be made to the SHIIP state office in Raleigh.

The open enrollment sessions will help Medicare beneficiaries review their Medicare Advantage and drug plans and make changes if necessary for 2022.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling the Shepherd’s Center at 336-748-0217 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

DAV chapter needs volunteer drivers

The local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans needs volunteer drivers to transport Forsyth County veterans to the Kernersville and Salisbury Veterans Affairs facilities.

The DAV provides the vehicle. Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license and pass a physical provided by the VA.

For more information or to volunteer, call 336-515-5000, ext. 21479, and leave contact information.

Group opportunities for Meals-on-Wheels

Senior Services has several opportunities for corporate, civic or faith-based groups to adopt a specific day, to deliver meals each week. Meals are delivered between 9:45 a.m. and noon, and most routes can be delivered in 60-90 minutes. Safety protocols are in place.

This is a chance for an organization or group to help support one of Senior Services’ most urgent needs.

For more information contact Britnee Tellez at 336-721-3411 or

Literacy project needs volunteers

Read Write Spell needs volunteers to serve as tutors to first-grade students. Training, support and all of the tools necessary for success are provided.

An online information session will be held at noon Tuesday on Zoom.

Read Write Spell also needs volunteers for its Augustine Literacy Project program, which works to improve the reading, writing and spelling abilities of low-income children struggling with literacy skills.

For more information or to register, visit

Meals-On-Wheels delivery opportunity

Senior Services has an urgent need for volunteers to deliver hot meals to older adults enrolled in its Meals-on-Wheels program. Volunteer opportunities are flexible.

Deliver any day, Monday through Friday, between 9:45 a.m. and noon, once per week, once per month, or anything in between. Delivery routes can take 60-90 minutes.

Safety protocols are in place with online options for application and orientation.

For more information, visit or contact Britnee Tellez at 336-721-3411 or

Shepherd’s Center, Harris Teeter team up

The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem will partner with the Harris Teeter Together in Education program to raise money to support the center’s lifelong learning program for older adults.

To support the program, give the cashier your VIC card and the Shepherd’s Center code, 4958, and your card will be linked for 2021-2022. Cards must be relinked every year.

To learn more about the Shepherd’s Center’s lifelong learning program visit

Online, telephone Medicare workshop

The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem will have a free “Welcome to Medicare” online workshop for individuals turning 65 and those who already have Medicare to learn about the different insurance options available, including “Original Medicare,” Medicare prescription drug programs, Medicare supplements and Medicare Advantage plans.

The session will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 25 through computer and telephone access.

The session is designed to explain and clarify the Medicare signup process and educate attendees on how to make smart choices.

Space is limited and reservations are required.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 336-748-0217 or email

‘Medicare 101’ seminars set

McCall Insurance Services will hold free in-person and online “Medicare 101” seminars at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 21.

The seminars explain Medicare’s programs and are for anyone turning 65 or on Medicare. Topics include the basics of Medicare, such as signing up for Medicare Parts A and Part B.

The sessions will also explain Part C and Part D.

The seminar is for information only, and no solicitations will be made.

Registration is required and can be made by calling 336-766-1885 or emailing for details. You may attend in person or receive a link to securely connect to the meeting, or go to

New program combats senior loneliness

The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston Salem offers several pro-grams to combat loneliness and social isolation among seniors in Forsyth County.

The Phone Pals program trains volunteers in making meaningful social phone calls to older adults.

These calls are meant to provide conversation, friendship and socialization to a senior adult who may live alone or who may spend their days alone while family members are working.

A Phone Pal can expect a weekly phone call.

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in the Phone Pals program, call the Shepherd’s Center at 336-748-0217.

RSVP AmeriCorps Seniors seeks help

The RSVP AmeriCorps Seniors (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is looking for volunteers, in-person and online.

You can set your own hours and benefits include “free” supplemental insurance, ongoing recognition and an annual volunteer appreciation event.

Volunteer opportunities include:

Virtual Reading Buddy: Must have a computer, internet access and strong computer skills. Online Reading A-Z software and training will be provided.

In-person reading buddies for students in kindergarten through third grade

Food Pantry Assistants: Assist with packing food boxes and distributing to clients from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays and/or Fridays.

Food Pantry Clerical Assistants: Must have strong computer skills, input client data. Volunteers are needed for 3½ hours on Mondays and/or Fridays

Drivers to transport clients to medical appointments (for a partner agency).

Volunteer recruiters from the following locations: Bethania, Clemmons, Kernersville, Lewisville, Rural Hall, Tobaccoville, Walkertown and Winston-Salem

Experienced grant writer with excellent oral and written communication skills

Other: If your area of interest is not listed above, please contact Patricia Gilliam at or call 336-269-2762 to share your talents, skills, experience and area of interest.

For more information or to volunteer, email Patricia Gilliam at or call 336-269-2762.

SECU Family House needs volunteers

The SECU Family House needs groups and volunteers to provide meals to families staying at the house while receiving medical treatment.

These dinners provide much-needed support to adult patients and their caregivers who are away from home for medical care.

The food needs to be prepared off site and dropped off at the house. Having the meals at the house allows the families to avoid going to restaurants or grocery stores.

To see details, a list of available dates and more information about volunteer opportunities, go to or call 336-793-2822 or email

Volunteers needed to drive seniors

The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem needs volunteers in all areas of Forsyth County to provide transportation for older adults to medical appointments, grocery shopping and other essential errands. Training is provided.

Help your older neighbors stay independent by providing this necessary assistance.

For more information or to volunteer, call Vicki Poore at the Shepherd’s, 336-748-0217, or email

Medicare info sessions planned

Blue Moon Benefits Group is holding free “Welcome to Medicare” webinars and seminars throughout the Triad area each week. These meetings cover a variety of topics related to enrolling in Medicare and also provide a basic understanding of Medicare coverage options.

The meetings are free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required for any in-person sessions.

For information about upcoming sessions and to register, go to or call the Clemmons office at 336-778-1070.

Trellis offers online planning sessions

Trellis Supportive Care is offering free online advance care planning sessions via the Zoom video-conferencing platform at 1 p.m. each Tuesday.

Attendees will be able to complete their living will and health-care power of attorney. Completing these documents will allow someone to be your voice if you can’t speak for yourself about your health care.

For more information or to register, email or call Karen Lawler at 336-331-1323.

You can learn more about advance care planning by visiting

October events set at Shepherd’s Center

The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem will have the following activities during September.

Unless otherwise noted, contact Kristin Larson at for more information. Many of the activities will be in person at the Shepherd’s Center, 1700 Ebert St., Winston-Salem or available on Zoom.

9:30 a.m. Mondays: Line Dancing for Fun and Fitness: Line dancing is a unique form of physical, mental and emotional wellness exercise. The cost is $7.

9:15 a.m. Tuesdays: Tai chi for older adults with Misako Kay. A $2 donation is requested.

10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Tai chi for diabetes with Wanda Patterson. A $2 donation is requested.

11 a.m. Oct. 19: Writing workshop with Susan Surman. Have you always wanted to write your story but you don’t know how to start? Surman, an award-winning author and playwright, will lead a work-shop to inspire attendees. The workshop will include roundtable discussion as well as in class writing exercises. Free.

2 p.m. Tuesdays: The Shepherd Center Singers. Donations encouraged. For more information or to join, contact Carmina Jenks at

Noon Wednesdays: Tai Chi for Body, Mind and Spirit at Miller Park shelter 10, beside shelter 1. Sandy Seeber is the instructor. The cost is $4 for Shepherd’s Center members and $5 for nonmembers. Social distancing and masks are required. For more information, contact Seeber at or 336-409-8591.

1:15 p.m. Wednesdays: Yoga for older adults with Wanda Washum. A $2 donation is requested. Email Kristin Larson at for more information.

1:30 p.m. Wednesdays: Coloring for adults. Email Kristin Larson at for more information. Free.

1:30 p.m. Wednesdays: Fellowship and games. There will be board games, cards and conversation. Email Kristin Larson at for more information. Free.

2:30 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 27: Way Back Wednesdays on Zoom: Paul McCraw, a local historian and retired history teacher will discuss local and world history and relate it to today’s events. Contact Kristin Larson at for topic and for Zoom meeting information.

Samaritan Ministries seeks help with meals

Samaritan Ministries needs volunteers for several areas, including the kitchen area to package and serve meals for lunch and dinner.

Under guidance of local and state health officials related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all lunches at Samaritan Ministries are being served to-go. Shelter guests, who undergo careful daily screening, continue to eat meals in the dining room.

The weekday lunch shift for volunteers is from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the dinner shift is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Sunday lunch shift is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the dinner shift on Saturdays and Sundays is 4 to 7 p.m.

Volunteers must be 13 or older, agree to a liability waiver, and adhere to strict sanitation guidelines that include wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, and appropriate distancing as recommended by health officials.

Samaritan asks that people who are at higher risk talk with their medical provider about volunteering.

Samaritan Ministries is located at 414 E. Northwest Blvd., Winston-Salem.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, go to


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