Director helps seniors 'celebrate life'
By Anna Goodwin McCarthy
Saturday, August 26, 2017
The Camden County Senior Center is a “home away from home” for senior citizens, according to its director, Jasmine Wilson.
“The senior center eliminates isolation and promotes socialization,” said Wilson.
Wilson has been the Camden County Senior Center director for the last eight months. She was previously the senior center’s activities coordinator for six years.
Wilson said the best aspect of her job is helping seniors “celebrate life” and independence.
Activities such as bingo, dominoes and low impact aerobics, strength training and Pilates are planned for seniors.
Wilson said a crochet class at the senior center has been making baby hats for newborns at the hospital and is working on a project for breast cancer patients.
“Volunteers are the heart of the senior center,” said Wilson.
Volunteers are needed to deliver meals for the Senior Nutrition Program (Meals on Wheels), as greeters at the senior center and as presenters and instructors of activities.
Wilson said meals are delivered to people who are homebound and congregate meals are available to seniors at the senior center through the Albemarle Commission Area Agency on Aging Senior Nutrition Program.
The senior center also provides insurance counseling through two Medicare counselors in the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program.
Wilson said the senior center is offering trips to Charleston, S.C., Lancaster County, Pa., and “Rails and Sails in Maine and Boston.” They have also planned an Alaska cruise and a Bahamas cruise. For dates, prices and itineraries, contact Wilson at (252) 335-2569.
Wilson also gives seniors the opportunities to take day trips including shopping at the outlet malls in Norfolk and Williamsburg and a scenic tour of Corolla to see the wild horses.
Wilson moved to Camden in 2002 with her family and graduated from Camden County High School. Wilson earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Elizabeth City State University.
She enjoys spending time with her husband, Justin, and their son, Jayceon.
Wilson is an active member and youth leader at New Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.
For more information about the Camden County Senior Center, visit the center’s Facebook page or website at http://www.camdencountync.gov/departments/senior-center.