Hancocok County Senior Services details new respite opportunity

WEIRTON – Hancock County Senior Services announced its Sunny Day Congregate Respite, a facility to provide a respite for those caring for a loved one with dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease, will open Monday at the facility located at 1052 County Road, adjacent to St. Peter’s AME Church.

An open house will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 18.

Senior Services estimates 1,000 people in the county suffer from dementia, one of the highest percentages in the state.

Sunny Day Respite will provide meals, task assistance, medication prompts, cognitive drill and activities. The staff is Alzheimer’s Association-trained. Clients may stay a minimum of one hour or a maximum of 12 hours.

The site will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and fees will be based on a sliding scale. Private pay is $13 per hour. Transportation is not available at this time.

Senior Services has announced several activities for January at the Hancock County Senior Center located on Gas Valley Road.

They include:

10 a.m. Mondays, Wellness Group. Each meeting includes confidential weigh-ins, group discussions, education and non-structured exercise.

5 p.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Tai Chi classes.

10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Everybody’s Fitness. Becky Atkinson, Arthritis Foundation-certified, leads an exercise program to relieve stiffness, decrease pain and improve balance through range of motion exercises, strengthening regiments, balance drills and cardiovascular routines.

Those participating can use weights if they choose. The cost is $3 per class and free to seniors and those with disabilities.

5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Zumba. The cost is $5 for those under 60 and $3 for those 60 and older.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, bingo.

10 a.m. Fridays, Arthritis Tai Chi program. The Arthritis Foundation-approved and -certified program reduces pain and stiffness and improves flexibility and strength.

The Sun-Style Tai Chi programs are suitable for every fitness level. The cost is $3 per class and free to seniors and those with disabilities.

A “Healthy U With Diabetes” is in progress. The six-week course is designed to help those who are diabetic or pre-diabetic and those who have a loved one with the condition to help control the condition through lifestyle choices. Nurse Marla Simons and Sally Knabenshue lead the program. For information or to register, call (304) 564-3801.

Senior Services will offer “A Healthier You: 12 Dimensions of Wellness” the third Wednesday of every month, beginning at 10 a.m. Jan. 9. The program will include education, exercise and those attending are encouraged to keep a personal wellness journal. Those attending are asked to bring $3 for the soup and salad bar lunch.

Senior services and the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services continues to collect the stories of those women who participated in the war effort by working in the industrial field during World War II, popularly known as “Rosie the Riveters.”

Those “Rosies” living in the Tri-State Area are asked to contact senior services if they are interested in sharing their stories by calling (304) 564-3801.

The daily soup and salad bar is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. A meal includes soup, salad, bread, dessert and a beverage for $3 or soup or salad, bread, dessert and a beverage for $2. An extra soup or salad is $1. Five meal tickets cost $12, and 10 meal tickets cost $24.