The board of directors met in January. Major discussion included the aging building and mechanical systems long past their lifespan. The board saw an initial building renovation proposal. The board agreed to continue the process by hosting special committees to look at financial strategies, logistics and marketing. January 23rd was a great day!! The Pool was re-dedicated and a ribbon cutting held. Water Classes begin in February. Thanks for your patience! The Morris AB Room will be closed in February so we can install a new heating system. Thanks for adapting, as we will need to move groups around to accommodate everyone.


Happy New Year! The Board members and Staff are excited for a new year of opportunities to serve our community’s Older Adults. New options include Tai Chi for Arthritis, learning about Climate Change, Mending Relationships in Later Life, and the popular Stained Glass class is returning! The board is planning for future longevity of the building and is working with a local architect on possible facility updates. The Aquatic Pool repairs are close to being complete with the installation of the large dehumidifier. New water classes are listed in this newsletter, with signups beginning January for Rowan County residents, 55 and older. Consider becoming a Board member and getting involved. New positions open July 2019 and we need those with experience in finance or facility operations. Please see Nan Buehrer, Director, for more information or fill out a short form, available from the front desk. ~ Thanks for your support of RHSC!  


Wishing our many friends a wonderful Holiday Season! We are so thankful for your support to provide a safe, comfortable and happy place for Active Aging in Rowan County!


Giving Tuesday is November 27th #GivingTuesday is a world wide day for giving back. Everyone has something to give. Share your time, expertise, simple acts of kindness, food or clothing, monetary donations large or small. Rufty-Holmes encourages You to Share: Food & Paper Products for our Food Pantry Volunteer as an instructor, event helper, board member, in the café, or tell us how you can help! Monetary Donations to continue the good work of RHSC in serving our County’s Older Adults. Envelopes available at the front desk or go to: https://ruftyholmes.org/donate. Shop online and go to AmazonSmile.com and make Rufty-Holmes Senior Center your charity. “Every act of generosity counts, Let’s Give Together”  THANK-YOU!!    


Welcome to Fall! There is lots going on and we want you Involved! It’s Medicare Open Enrollment time. Call for an appt. to have our trained counselors assist you with saving money on your prescriptions. The Fitness Staff are giving you lots of options to “Get Moving”.    Check out W.O.W, (workout of the week) or our new Yoga classes. Check out the “new to us” multi-station weight machine. It is a commercial machine for 3 users. Thank you for working with staff to allow us to move programming to best fit our Center’s needs. We have many programs, groups and clubs who enjoy the space the Center provides. We continue to expand options to “Add Life to Years”. The Board of Directors is preparing for the Oct. 24th Board meeting. Board Members welcome your suggestions. Stop at the Front Desk for a list of current members. Thank you for the many generous donations made recently in memory of participants and for the Aquatic Pool renovations. We are grateful!


Get Involved at RHSC this Fall! Hear great advice on preparing for Retirement Limber up with the new Yoga Classes Get out of Town with a Day Trip Treat Yourself to Lunch &  Jazz  Music Explore Cultures of the World Learn a new Craft or take a new Class SO MANY OPTIONS!  SEE YOU AT RHSC!   CLICK HERE FOR LUNCH CLUBS MENU


The Board of Directors hosted their  Annual Meeting July 24th. Thanks to all who attended to learn about Center operations. The 2017-18 Annual Report is now available. You can get a copy at the center and on our website. At the meeting, a few stats on NC and Rowan County’s Older adults were shared: NC ranks 9th nationally, both in total population and in the # of adults age 65 and older In 7 years, 1 in 5 North Carolinians will be age 65 and older (year 2025) In the next 20 years in Rowan County, people age 65 and older will increase 92% while state growth will increase 76% Today, Rowan County’s older adults, age 65 and older: -10.5%  are living below 100% of poverty level -27%  are living between 100-200% of poverty level -26% are living alone -40% have one or more disabilities -Approx. 800 adults, age 60+, are responsible for children under age 18 -Adults age 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s Disease in NC is expected to increase 31% in the next 7 yrs. Something to think about as we work together to respond to the growing needs of Older Adults in our County.    


You are invited . . .  Rufty-Holmes Senior Center ANNUAL BOARD MEETING Tuesday, July 23 5:30 PM Dinner Meeting


Celebrate the Longest Day of the Year! Music, Food and Fun! This initiative of the Alzheimer’s Association brings awareness of caregivers caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. ADK Sorority is hosting a ROCK-A-THON all day! Raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association and take a shift “rocking” in a Rocking Chair to show your support! Caregiver Resources available 9 am – 4 pm Event Schedule: 7:45 am        Standing Outdoor Yoga 9:30 am-12    Trunk Treasures – Sell or Buy items out of your car trunk! 11-1 pm          Food Stand 1-3 pm           Yard Games (corn hole, chair volleyball, more) 4-7 pm           Classic Car Show and Food Stand Live Music from the “Old Rockers” and others Event is rain or shine, and will move indoors if needed.  


MAY IS OLDER AMERICANS MONTH! A time to shout loud and clear how Amazing this generation is!  We have a lot to offer in terms of experience.  I encourage you to get involved and have a say in how Rowan County grows and develops. Let’s be an Aging Friendly Community! Outreach Services now provided in West Rowan May 15, 2 pm to 4 pm in the Cleveland Town Hall. Get assistance with Medicare paperwork, and any other services to help Older Adults stay independent in their own home. For details, call 704-216-7704.