2016-04-28 / Senior Savvy

SENIOR SAVVY

Spring is the Season for Seniors
By Florence Archambault


Barbara Peters and Greg Fater cheer for their favorite horse at last year’s Run for the Roses Spring Gala. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 7, at 4:30 p.m. at the Edward King House. (Photo by Jen Carter) Barbara Peters and Greg Fater cheer for their favorite horse at last year’s Run for the Roses Spring Gala. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 7, at 4:30 p.m. at the Edward King House. (Photo by Jen Carter) It is said that hope springs eternal. Well, we can only hope that spring has finally sprung. A late bout of winter nearly did in Newport’s daffodils, but they rallied, and the city was resplendent with those perky yellow flowers waving their heads in the breeze for the daffodil festival.

I saw a cherry tree beginning to bloom on Bliss Road and now feel confident in announcing that winter is over. That being said, it is time to take advantage of the programs being offered at local senior centers.

Throughout the winter and spring the Newport Circle of Scholars offers a variety of programs designed to sharpen our brains and enrich our intellect. The current session ends with “Aviation Histories and Mysteries” on May 4, but a new series will begin shortly after that. Watch for it.


Florence Archambault, of Newport, is 85 years young and well-known for her community volunteerism and teaching and writing family history. Florence Archambault, of Newport, is 85 years young and well-known for her community volunteerism and teaching and writing family history. In addition to the daily offering of exercise classes, the Edward King House offers an assortment of clubs and groups that are free to members for fun and games.

“Calling All Knitters” meets on Mondays from 10:30 a.m.-noon; bring your knitting and enjoy some conversation. A diabetes support group meets the second Thursday of every month from 1-2 p.m., and a weight loss support group meets every Monday at 10:30 a.m.

For fun there is Scrabble on Mondays from 1-3 p.m.; Mah-Jong or cribbage on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m.; and bridge on Thursdays from 9 a.m.-noon. If you have been housebound all winter, now is the time to get out and add some fun and companionship to your life.

April is Volunteer Month. Yet, there are plenty of opportunities for seniors to reach out year-round. The King House can always use a helping hand, especially in the lunch program, as well as for the many events that are held there.

May is Older Americans Month. To bring attention to our senior citizens and raise money for the King House, the center was selling Seniors Rock! T-shirts. The campaign, said the website, was intended to “help us spread the word that senior centers are an integral part of our community.” The online fundraiser has ended, but shirt sales helped raised more than $1,000 that went directly to the center’s services and programs.

Their next big event is Run for the Roses Spring Gala, which corresponds with the Kentucky Derby, on Saturday, May 7, from 4:30 – 7 p.m. The racing will be broadcast live and there will be live music, a hat contest, and a Southern-style buffet. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered online, edwardkinghouse.org.

Newport is fortunate to have such a wonderful setting for its senior center. It seems so appropriate that it is located in one of Newport’s grand houses. The atmosphere cannot be matched anywhere else. I can’t think of any other venue where you can surround yourself with such opulence, even if it’s just while sitting in the library and reading a book or magazine or watching TV. Stop in for lunch, the meal served through the daily lunch program is great, not to mention the camaraderie and conversation to be had. Call the day before for a reservation, 401-846- 7426.

A bit further north, the Middletown Senior Center, 670 East Main Road, will be holding a “Magnificent May” discussion-workshop on Wednesday, May 4, at 1:45 p.m. Participants will create a May Basket. There will be a Mother’s Day bake sale on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Donated baked goods are welcome; please drop them off by Friday, May 6. And now that the weather is pleasant, the center’s walking path offers a pleasant way to get a bit of exercise. Call 401- 847-8823 for more information on programming.

This is the time of year when we all yearn to get outside and start digging in the garden. If you are not physically able or don’t have space for a garden, you can still surround yourself with harbingers of summer by purchasing potted plants and putting them in a sunny window where you can monitor their progress, smell their fragrance and commune with nature.

Happy spring!

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