For many seniors in our community, the Senior Center on Cordaville Road is the social hub of the town. A place where they can play games, get exercise, enjoy a meal, or learn a craft. Most importantly, it’s a place where they can make connections.
The Community Advocate published two stories recently of such connections. Both were aided by the Senior Center and both are heartwarming. Here are the stories. Follow the links to read them in their entirety on the Community Advocate website.
Southborough couple serves at home and abroad
For Al and Ingamae (Inky) Jones, life together is precious and sweet, their playful bantering and obvious affection a testimony to the blessing they find in one another. The pair, 86 and 84 respectively, met at the Southborough Senior Center, 9 Cordaville Rd., in the fall of 2001. Inky, a retired gym teacher, was an active member of the Senior Center, taking fitness classes, tai chi, line dancing and even belly dancing. When she heard that a singing group would be started at the center, she immediately signed up. Al, who continues to participate in the Tuesday cribbage group, had heard about the Southborough Senior Singers as well and promptly joined. While the Southborough Senior Singers made beautiful music together so, too, did Al and Inky. (keep reading)
Area residents destined to be friends
Last August Muriel Hart, 89, contacted the Southborough Senior Center in search of a person to come and visit with her on a weekly basis. Responding to the call, summer intern Courtney Wambolt contacted her church, Chapel of the Cross in Westborough, and shared the request with summer (fill-in) administrator Aly Nickerson. Nickerson, 22, sent out an email to church members sharing the request. “About a week went by without any responses,” she said, “and I felt moved to follow through with the request. I had really been praying about it because I had just gotten married and was feeling kind of lonely. My husband and I had moved away from a lot of our friends and we hadn’t completely connected with people at our church yet who were our age. I felt like this was an answer to prayer. My husband really encouraged me and so I picked up the phone and called Muriel. Two weeks later I was standing at her door.” (keep reading)