Katharine Graham once said, “No one can avoid aging, but aging productively is something else.” The senior citizens at Woodlawn Presbyterian Church meet monthly to stay active and educate each other on health and community issues. Their goal is to age productively.
This month, Zone 5 Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer (JSO) Delores Patterson was the guest speaker. Officer Patterson spoke to the seniors regarding crime in the surrounding area and how to secure your home as well as the proper use of 911.
Each month, the senior meetings include topics on diseases like Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s as well as health eating habits. And then there is a little fun in the form of everyone’s old time classic – Bingo. The group also embarks on quarterly trips to the Presbyterian Montgomery Center in Starke, Florida. The Center boasts a camp site, conference center and retreat facility. During the fall, church members from around the State of Florida gather for Oktoberfest, which is a day of fellowship, worship and learning.
This year’s Oktoberfest will feature worship services, a round table discussion and presentations. “Our monthly meetings are a time to reconnect and discuss our health, pray for our families and reconnect friendships that have lasted a lifetime,” said member Addie Frances. Meetings are the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.
Shown are members with Officer Deloris Patterson standing (l-r) Patsy Phillips, Zone 5 Officer Deloris Patterson, Francis Watson, Reverend Jesse Perry, Connie Lusco, Myrna Perry, Flora Watson, William Hill, Mami Hill Gwen Douglass and Yvonne Wheeler; Seated (l-r) Sara Gardner, Pauline Davis, Francis Alexander, Doris Swinton, and Addie Ford.