Welcome to National Senior Center Month! Each year September brings an opportunity to acknowledge the benefits brought to the community by Faribault’s senior center, Buckham West. Although we are in challenging times there is still a lot to applaud. During the first days of the pandemic, Buckham West’s board and staff ensured that vital services were maintained. We made sure that the meals were continuing to be supplied through Meals on Wheels and the new Curbside Pickup model. We also connected older adults to activities, exercise and each other through a variety of ways including virtual classes and in-person gatherings in the park. And now, as we work towards on-site programming, we will continue to be an important resource.
This year’s national celebration theme is Senior Centers: Delivering Vital Connections. The theme was chosen to highlight how senior centers deliver vital connections by preventing social isolation and offering resources to older adults. While the delivery methods have changed during the pandemic, centers are succeeding in continuing to provide knowledge, programming, and resources.
If you are turning 65 or going on Medicare soon, here is an opportunity for you to get the information you need. “Medicare Basics” will be held again this year at Buckham West on Tuesday, October 6 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The workshop will cover the parts of Medicare- hospital, medical and drug options; including original/ traditional Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare advantage plans, Part D prescription drug coverage and preventive benefits.
Instructor Chad Wojchik, a certified State Health Insurance Program Counselor and specialist with the Senior LinkAge Line®, will be joining us virtually in our Anderson Conference Room, with social distancing in place and masks required. Due to the spacing requirements there will be a limited number of spots available. In order to register, please call 332-7357 Monday-Fridays between 9:00-1:00pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a free event which is open to the public.
Fashions on Central
It’s that time of year again when our gently-used clothing store, Fashions on Central, brings out the fashions for fall and winter. We are fully stocked with anything you need for those days when the temperature begins to drop.
Fashions on Central, our gently used clothing store located in downtown Faribault, is now open for Tuesday-Saturdays from 11:00-5:00pm.
Coffee in the Park
It’s time for another Coffee Shop Reunion! Due to the restraints in place with social distancing and the procedures that go along with keeping people safe, we are unable to open our building to social activities at this time. But tomorrow, September 10th from 9:00-11:30am, Buckham West will be hosting another coffee party at Faribault’s Central Park as a way to give Faribault’s older adults an opportunity to touch base with their Buckham West friends. You will have plenty of room to space yourselves out, but still are able to see each other again.
As we did for our other coffee parties, we again ask that you bring your own lawn chair and coffee mug- we will bring the coffee! There will be a basket set out for you to make a donation for your coffee. Sorry, we will only be bringing regular coffee.
The weather is supposed to be chilly, so don’t forget your jacket. We will only cancel if it is raining.
- Caregiver Support Group meetings are held at Buckham West on the 4th Tuesday of the month 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Please register in advance by calling Brenda Johnson at 332-7357.
- Carla Pearson, LSW, a Senior and Caregiver Advocate for Three Rivers Community Action is another great resource for older adults in Rice County. She can now be reached only by phone at 1-800-277-8418 x328.
- Curbside Pickup Meal- Since there is no noon meal served inside Buckham West until further notice, why not consider picking up a meal instead. For more information please call the kitchen at 332-7680 or Buckham West at 332-7357. You can view the August menu on the Buckham West website at buckhamwest.org and click the Senior Dining tab at the top.
- There are also many exercise classes that are being offered through Faribault’s Park and Recreation Department. These include several classes in our fitness studio and also in the pool. There are class size limits though, so call them at 334-2064 to reserve a spot.