A new member of the Waynesboro Senior Center who joined in 2009 started coming to the Center to take part in exercise programs after having had a stroke.
That decision changed her life. She started with very limited mobility due to the effects of her stroke, but now she can put away her own groceries and vacuum her home – little things for many people, but it’s like a new lease on life for someone who’d had trouble even just getting around after her stroke.
That kind of story is repeated here at the Senior Center in every one of our members. For many members, the Center, located at 325 Pine Ave., is a second home. Members come from Waynesboro and surrounding areas including Stuarts Draft, Fishersville and Dooms, with activities ongoing at the Senior Center five days a week.
A typical day includes time in the early morning for coffee and socializing, with exercise programs and other activities ranging from arts and craft, educational programs and entertainment taking us to the lunch hour, and a variety of programs in the early afternoon to take us to the end of the programming day at 1:30 p.m.
There is also plenty to do for members who don’t want to be part of anything formal at the Center. Some members play bridge, and others play billiards on our pool table in the back to pass the time.
The mix of structured and unstructured activities is important for our members, and has helped us steadily grow our membership base in recent years.
Also popular with members are the field trips that we take to get members out and about in the community. Among the field trips on our regular schedule are visits to our sister senior center in Staunton, the trips that we take to local attractions, including the Waynesboro Heritage Museum and the Green Valley Book Fair, and the Senior Prom put on by the Student Nursing Association at James Madison University.