Northwest AHEC has a long term department service to Senior Services of Winston-Salem. This article highlights Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist gift toward the construction of the new Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness which had its groundbreaking ceremony on April 27th. .
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist announced a $1 million gift to Senior Services, Inc., of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County’s Creative Connections Capitol Campaign toward construction of the new Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness.
Wake Forest Baptist, Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Senior Services have a long history of collaboration through the J. Paul Sticht Center on Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention and the Elizabeth & Tab Williams Adult Day Center.
The J. Paul Sticht Center on Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention is one of the first geriatrics-focused health care centers in the country. The Sticht Center provides a wide variety of clinical, rehabilitation, wellness and research programs to help seniors and their families understand and manage the challenges that often come with aging.
For more than two decades, the two organizations have worked together to develop new and innovative approaches to improve health and well-being in older populations, particularly around dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This collaboration will continue and be enhanced in the new Intergenerational Center.
“We are pleased and excited to continue to support Senior Services, Inc., in our similar mission to enhance healthy aging,” said Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, CEO of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, Dean of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Chief Academic Officer, Atrium Health Enterprise. “This leading-edge, state-of-the-art facility is so important to the health and welfare of our senior citizens throughout the communities we serve. This is truly a worthy investment in the lives of our older family members and neighbors across our region. Additionally, our partnership will ensure the opportunity to grow participation in clinical trials which are vital to our geroscience research. This research will ultimately improve health of senior citizens across the country and the world.”
“We are so thankful for this generous investment in the future of aging in Forsyth County,” said T. Lee Covington, President and CEO of Senior Services. “We look forward to strengthening our collaboration with the J. Paul Sticht Center on Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention to ensure that people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia have access to the best possible care.”
When searching for a way to give back to the community, Northwest AHEC did not have to look far for something where we could impact our local community. Senior Services of Forsyth County is located just across the street from our office location, at McCreary Tower, and they have a critical need for volunteers for the Meals-on-Wheels program.
Northwest AHEC has been volunteering with Senior Services for over 9 years since January of 2012. We encourage staff members to volunteer and deliver meals for Meals-on-Wheels on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
There are 4 main objectives for this staff development program:
- Encourage teamwork among staff members who might not typically get the chance to work together.
- Support our community in a meaningful way.
- Enhance our personal and professional understanding of the health of some of those most likely to need a variety of healthcare professional services in our community.
- Help some of our most vulnerable citizens (the shut-in elderly) stay in their homes and function as independently as possible.