Before we began GiveEveryDay, Stephanie & I asked ourselves how we wanted to live our lives if we had only one year to live. We decided that we would want to (1) deemphasize our things, (2) spend time with our family, and (3) give to others. We want our days and years to be meaningful. We recognize how fragile life is and how quickly it can end.
This morning my family and I met with the executive director at The Shepherd's Center in Winston-Salem. TSC aims to promote successful aging.
I have observed many men and women in their final chapter of life. Some end well, while others grow depressed and lonely - feeling unwanted and unsure about how to contribute to society.
TSC helps older adults get plugged into a variety of volunteer projects based on their time and talents. The center also offers continuing education classes to help men and women stay active - physically, mentally, and spiritually. Adults 50 and older can participate in book clubs, computer classes, a knitting or scrapbooking group, yoga, and much more.
There are over 100 Shepherd's Centers across the USA.
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I know older adults in both categories you've mentioned. Those who are thriving have "plugged in" and are staying actively involved in something. It sounds to me like The Shepherd's Center is filling a need and doing it well.
Good to see you made it to Winston-Salem. Did you also get to visit Greensboro? I know your wife would have love it there. Where are you headed next?
Haven't made it to Greensboro...
We leave Monday for Fayetteville! https://giveeveryday.com/blog/2011/04/05/east-coast-route-for-april-may-june/