April 21, 2015

Volunteering at the Durham Center for Senior Life

DCSL-1Meet Kathee Wheeler, a volunteer at the Durham Center for Senior Life.

Kathee first came to the DCSL nearly a year ago. The exercise classes first attracted Kathee to the DCSL, but she felt compelled to volunteer as a way to thank DCSL for their services. Click here to learn more about volunteering and other resources the DCSL has to offer.

As a volunteer, Kathee is able to put her experience in administration to use. She’s a jack of all trades and is often found helping with planning crafts, exercising, or making a new friend at the DCSL. Kathee is a recent retiree and has found the DCSL is a great way for her to stay connected in Durham.

Kathee also volunteers with the Music in My Mind program, which uses music to improve seniors’ quality of life, regardless of their cognitive or physical status. It is especially powerful for those with Alzheimer’s disease where it can restore, temporarily but repeatedly, the sense of self often lost when memory fails.

The DCSL has an array of classes and clubs for its members. Her favorite events include games, knitting and thought-provoking discussions.

Kathee would love to see more seniors using the center, and she would also love to engage a younger generation of volunteers. Do you know a senior who might benefit from the DSCL? Spread the word!

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