This week DeSoto County celebrated the retirement of someone who has devoted many years to the good of those living here. Our good friend, Jerry Hill, retired from serving as a County Commissioner.
Jerry has also served on our SFC-DeSoto Partnership Council for many years also. But even before that, he has always been devoted to helping the cause of the elderly for as long back as I can remember. Jerry has personally and professionally been a true friend of the elderly of DeSoto County. We will miss him as a leader and wish him a long and pleasurable retirement. And, on a personal note, thank you, Jerry, for being my friend.
I’ve always thought of myself as being tough enough to withstand just about anything. So, maybe it’s old age creeping up, but have you noticed the news seems to be getting worse, so much so that I don’t even want to watch it on television anymore. Life is so precious, yet so many think nothing of taking another’s life for little or no reason.
I guess you could say this old country girl was very lucky to have known a much more tranquil way of life, with a time to enjoy the simple pleasures. I can only wish the same for the younger generations.
Many of our elders find the news just as disturbing as I do. Many of them, of course, find themselves living alone with little or no outside contact. They depend on their television set as a friend and companion – something to keep them company for long hours alone.
If you are sixty-plus and find yourself in this same dilemma, you might benefit from joining us at the Center for socialization. It would give you a reason to get up and get dressed. Our hours are from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You do not have to attend every day, however. You can come as often as you’d like.
We have various activities you can participate in or not. It’s entirely up to you. Some folks just like to sit and visit with newfound friends. Others bring along their latest craft to share ideas or crocheting/knitting projects to work on while visiting.
We have days when a visitor brings an informative program on an issue of interest to older folks. We have games and cards available for anyone wishing to have a friendly game. And, yes, we do play Bingo once a week! A school or church group might drop by for a sing-a-long or to perform.
There’s as much activity as you care to participate in; or, you may have a special talent you’d like to share with everyone.
A noontime meal is also available for those wanting to stay for lunch. All we ask is that you make your reservation by 11:30 the day before and donate what you can afford – the suggested donation is $3 per meal, but no one is turned away due to inability to contribute.
If you are 60 or over and would like to be with others your age, give us a call at 863-494-5965 to see how you can join us. Sorry, we are not licensed as an adult day care, so participants must be physically and mentally able to care for themselves.
Remember, together we can make DeSoto County a caring place to grow old.