Keeping SCOR: Senior find ways to say busy during pandemic

VICKI ALBRECHT
Vicki Albrecht

I've been thinking about how my life was a number of years ago.

I seemed to be constantly busy and committed. I remember wishing that I had some time to do just what I wanted to do. Suddenly my mother's words flashed through my mind: "Be careful what you wish for."

Those words seem almost prophetic now. I have plenty of time to do what I want, maybe too much time.

I miss the activities and friends at the Reynoldsburg Senior Center. I've heard that from other seniors too. I wondered how they are filling their time, so I decided to take an informal survey. Here are some results:

* Organizing and cleaning were big at first. People tackled closets and drawers, sorted through old photos and got important personal and family records and information in order. Basements were being cleared, and items shared with children and grandchildren or donated.

* As the weather improved, people began to get outside more as they hiked, walked in parks, did Tai Chi and visited with family and friends while adhering to social distancing. Many of our members walked dogs, and one even had to de-skunk hers. Gardening seems to be popular as a local garden center said it's been one of the best years for plant sales.

* Sports and games seem popular too, including golf, card-playing, dominoes, Boggle and board games.

* Mind-strengthening activities also are popular: Some are keeping journals, reading more, assembling puzzles and playing games such as Words With Friends.

* Many people are eating at home more, trying new recipes. One person said she is eating more but others have used these months to shed unwanted pounds.

* Many seniors have long enjoyed arts as hobbies, but they are expanding their time on projects now, including all kinds of needlework such as knitting, crocheting, embroidery, quilting and sewing. Many masks have resulted from the sewing. Others are paintings and making their own greeting cards. I look forward to seeing the new creations from the woodworkers.

* Some are practicing musical instruments such as the piano, flute and saxophone.

* Replacing and upgrading household appliances and fixtures has been common. A few are remodeling kitchens, and some are stripping, sealing and waxing kitchen floors. Lawn-mower blades have be sharpened and mowers tuned up. One person used pavers to build a walkway, and she now is in the process of scraping and painting window frames.

I want to add that the senior center continues to have members serving in food banks and at the Cancer Thrift Shop.

* Exercise classes and tap dance and Zumba classes are available via Zoom.

* The Burg Bookies book club will meet 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, via Zoom. The book to be discussed is The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. September's book will be I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.

* National Senior Citizens Day is Aug. 21. Our center will have a drive-thru event. Members will be notified.

Overall, it sounds like the Reynoldsburg seniors are using their time well.

Vicki Albrecht spent 32 years as a teacher before retiring. She has been a member of SCOR since 2014. SCOR provides this column to ThisWeek Reynolsburg News.