One Senior's Opinion: Dwyer Center won't face cuts

Good news for Bay seniors! There will be no lay-offs of Dwyer Center personnel. Everyone's job is safe. Now it's our turn.

What can we do to support this wonderful facility that serves our seniors so well? With this tough economy, budget cuts are rampant. Let's give the Dwyer Center a helping hand. Donations of paper products, such as plates, napkins, paper towels, Styrofoam cups, coffee, sugar, and creamer are always welcome and much needed.

The Center provides gently used medical equipment such as walkers canes, wheelchairs, portable commodes and bath/shower chairs for seniors who need them in a hurry, such as after surgery. There is no time limit on returns and absolutely no cost. Because the need is so great the Center has to replenish their supply of medical equipment. You can help by donating equipment no longer needed.

The Center can always use more volunteers. If you have some free time you can call and offer to help. Also, let the Center know what activities interest you. They can then plan something you and your friends would enjoy doing. Their day trips are always interesting and fun. The cost is reasonable and transportation is provided. Come to the free movies. Suggestions are always welcome and if you would like to see a special movie, Shirley will do her best to show it.

During these hot summer days, come to the air-conditioned Center. Visit with other seniors, play cards, read or just relax and enjoy being away from the heat. Transportation to and from the center is always available.

A Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Friday of every month from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Share your thoughts and concerns with Kathy Collins, group facilitator, and others who have similar problems and questions. You may attend as little or often as you need.

The Center also offers transportation to medical appointments, physical therapy, grocery shopping, the library, cultural activities and community activities. Drivers are courteous, helpful and reliable.

We are fortunate to have the Dwyer Memorial Senior Center in our community. It's purpose is to meet your needs. Let them know what's important to you. They'll try to make it happen.

Dianne Borowski

Dianne Borowski lives in Bay Village.

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Volume 3, Issue 15, Posted 3:31 PM, 07.26.2011