HAMLET – Regardless of age, residents who reside in the Hamlet area and are not already familiar with the Hamlet Senior Center, should consider doing so.
Dedicated to provide services to those in need of help and assistance, the Hamlet Senior Center is focused upon a vision “to enhance, develop, and challenge the physical, mental, social, and spiritual life for all seniors” and is “dedicated to the greater quality and enrichment of life for older adults in this area.”
No less than 20 services (e.g., meals, housing, legal aid, medical information, insurance, tax preparation, continuing education classes, etc.) are readily available for elderly individuals who find themselves in need of some form of care and support.
A prime example of how the Hamlet Senior Center facilitates heightened community interaction is their gold-medal winning line dance team of Mary Baker, Daisy Brown, Luvenia Williams, and Elaine McLaurin.
Known as the Southern Ladies Line Dancers, this group recently won competitions in Richmond County and Raleigh, thereby exemplifying the synergy facilitated by the Center. A larger team, The Silver Liners, also represents the Hamlet Senior Center.
Under the guidance of director Nikki Sewell, the Center is operated by energetic and organized staff members who understand the trials and tribulations of the aging process.
“We emphasize health maintenance and stimulation – both physical and mental – as ways of enhancing self-esteem,” says a staff member.
“The center staff are just great,” says Sandra, an affiliate since 2000.
Daisy Brown concurred, stating that, “They (the staff members) recognize that we are grown adults and treat us all with respect and dignity.”
The “respect and dignity” approach evidently goes a long way. Upon entering the facility an air of excitement and enthusiasm is immediately noticed, as is the degree of rapt attention directed toward the instructor as the principles of Tai Chi are discussed. Following an insightful video regarding the value of an active and independent life style, Center attendees engage in spirited conversation about the day’s itinerary.
General membership is free and the post-application orientation session serves to provide answers to any and all questions. Nominal costs may occasionally be incurred in conjunction with some of the activities, but if the energy and enthusiasm exhibited by the Center’s attendees are any indication, it would seem to be an exceedingly good investment.
The Hamlet Senior Center is located at 102 Veterans Drive (beside City Lake across from the Railroad Museum) and is open to those 55 years of age and older from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. They can be contacted at 910-582-7985 or via E-Mail at Director@HamletSeniorCenter.com.