COVID-19 continues to pummel nursing homes

DOVER — COVID-19 continues to ravage nursing homes and similar facilities in Delaware. Elderly individuals and those with serious underlying conditions are most at risk from the virus, creating a perfect storm that has swept through many long-term care centers, leaving destruction in its wake. According to Friday’s update from the Division of Public Health, […]

Special delivery: National Guard takes emergency food boxes to seniors

DOVER — With some emergency food boxes and shelf stable meals ready to be sent to Meals on Wheels clients throughout Kent County, Carolyn Fredricks, president and CEO of the Modern Maturity Center in Dover, couldn’t think of a better delivery person to contact than the Delaware National Guard. They gladly answered the call. Around […]

Letter to the Editor: Good news and CHEER for seniors

These are certainly difficult and challenging times.  And during these times we rely more than ever on the services of the CHEER Center to assist you and our communities.  I want you to know that the CHEER team, which includes the caring staff and awesome volunteers, is committed to doing the best they can do […]

CHEER offering ‘Essential Grocery Shopping’ to homebound seniors

GEORGETOWN – CHEER, Inc. has initiated an Essential Grocery Shopping Program to aid senior citizens during the COVID-19 State of Emergency in Sussex County. This program will help to ensure that senior citizens confined to their private homes and those senior citizens at higher risk for contracting illness during this emergency period if they are […]

DPH cautions older Delawareans to take extra care

SMYRNA — With emphasis on protecting senior citizens and other vulnerable, high-risk individuals from the COVID-19 spread, Delaware’s Division of Public Health is urging everyone to act as if they are carriers of the coronavirus. “I keep hearing stories about individuals who are in their 70s and 80s, getting together for parties. The reality is […]

Brady keeps the music playing at Dover assisted living center

DOVER — Local disc jockey and entertainer Sky Brady figured if he could no longer go into the senior assisted living centers to entertain due to the coronavirus epidemic, he would do the next best thing. He packed his gear and a CD of well-known songs and set up shop in the courtyard of State […]

CHEER celebrates new room opening at Long Neck center

LONG NECK – CHEER Inc.’s senior center on Long Neck has some additional elbow room To meet increasing membership and needs of seniors in the Long Neck area, CHEER recently celebrated the opening of its expanded space at its Pelican Cove Senior Activity Center in Long Neck. Last fall, the adjoining unit became available for […]

New Smyrna Senior Center set to serve community

SMYRNA — It was just the opening act of Tejumade “TJ” Famakinwa’s overall vision when she strolled into the Smyrna Senior Center after its doors opened to seniors for the first time Monday morning. When Ms. Famakinwa, the center’s director, walked into Suite 104 inside the Smyrna Health and Wellness Center at 100 S. Main […]

Letter to the Editor: It’s time politicians had more respect for seniors

Politicians these days seem to be excluding any mention of seniors whether it be locally, statewide or nationally. I guess I should say any respectful mention as well as not at all. They do refer to seniors as “gray hairs”, “blue hairs”, “do nothing”, “too old”, and more disparaging comments. This has to stop. These […]

Letter to the Editor: Pass ‘Share the Care’ act

I am writing in support of S.B. 27, the “Share the Care Act,” now under consideration by Delaware’s legislators. My 94-year old father was an active, robust family man. When various health conditions got the best of him, caring for him became complicated. Honoring my father’s request to stay in his own home was challenging, […]