Collaborators

See below for a list of community agencies who will collaborate with Senior Services in the new Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness.

Dedicated Space Collaborators

Elizabeth and Tab Williams Adult Day Center – When memory loss occurs, many seniors avoid socialization and become more isolated. In Forsyth County people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia have a better choice. The award-winning Elizabeth and Tab Williams Adult Day Center provides a safe, fun, and structured day program that brings meaning and friendship to each participant in a nurturing environment. Senior Services’ vision is to provide a national model for the delivery of senior services by creating a state-of-the-art, one-of-a-kind intergenerational adult day health/day care center. The new Center will include a new, larger home for the Williams Adult Day Center, and expand upon research conducted in partnership with Wake Forest University School of Medicine and others by integrating programmatic partners to provide healthcare, intentional intergenerational interaction, and arts-based activities all under one roof.

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist – Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and Wake Forest University School of Medicine are excited to expand their partnership with Senior Services by establishing a new clinic and research space in the Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness building. This new location, being led by a team of internationally recognized geriatricians and gerontologists from the Sticht Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, will expand their mission to reach an even more diverse population of our community. Services offered at the new site will include memory assessment, geriatric assessment, and counseling for families and patients facing challenges with Alzheimer’s disease. This site will also allow additional members of the Winston-Salem community to participate in their research mission, helping their team discover new and better ways to care for older adults in the future.

Family Services– Family Services is a private, nonprofit agency that has been serving families and children in Forsyth County since 1905. Family Services currently enrolls more than 600 children (ages birth to five) in their child development programs annually.  They are the only child development facility in Forsyth County accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. In addition, Family Services Child Development Programs meet all ten benchmarks for high-quality Pre-K programs established by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).  They provide consultation and referral on nutrition, developmental assessments, and mental health services at no extra charge, and are committed to the enrollment of children from diverse cultural backgrounds.

HandsOn NWNC – HandsOn NWNC mobilizes people and organizations that inspire community change. Each year, they provide a wide variety of leadership, training, and technical assistance opportunities to staff, board members, and volunteer leaders within their diverse network of more than 500  nonprofits in Forsyth and surrounding counties. They also engage approximately 5,000 volunteers in service across that network. They look forward to being more easily accessible to collaborators, widening the scope of nonprofits engaged with programming in the Center, and discovering new ways all of us can work together.

Hispanic League– The Hispanic League’s mission is to improve the quality of life of Hispanic/Latinos through promoting community inclusion, education, health, and multicultural understanding. The intergenerational impact of working with older adults and the collaboration of multiple shared partners will benefit the broader community, including the aging Hispanic/Latinx population, to embrace a culture of caring for all.

Novant Health– Novant Health will have a multidisciplinary healthcare space in the Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness, and plans to host a Healthy Living Speaker Series. This speaker series will be a monthly program where Novant Health supplies subject matter experts in health-related topics to educate the community.

Sawtooth School for Visual Art  – Sawtooth School for Visual Art (SSVA) is dedicated to providing fine arts and craft education and aims to actively eliminate barriers to equality while increasing diversity and continually building trust with all ages, skill levels, and abilities. SSVA studios at the Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness will include professional-level studios dedicated to educational programming in textiles and ceramics as well as dedicated Artist in Residence programs. Ceramics classes will include wheel-throwing, hand-building, glazing, design, and clay sculpture while textiles classes will focus on the age-old processes of dyeing, spinning, weaving, and felting.

Second Harvest’s Providence – Second Harvest Food Bank and Senior Services share a commitment to providing seniors and our community as a whole access to nutritious food. They know that food is the foundation for a healthy, active life. Through Second Harvest’s Providence programming, they will provide quality food to Senior Services participants, volunteers, and partners as well as community members in the Generations Café – a fun, engaging environment that will also serve as a training location for our Providence Culinary Training students and graduates. In addition, through our Nutrition Services team, we will deliver nutrition education classes to help individuals understand how to prepare healthy, delicious meals and snacks.

Winston-Salem State University – Winston-Salem State University will provide multidisciplinary educational and clinical services within the Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness. Seniors will have access to a complement of services, including occupational and physical therapy, therapeutic recreation, social work, health care management, and much more offered by experts in their discipline areas.

Collaborators Who Will Utilize Shared Space

Senior Services’ Senior Lunch Program – The Center will be the new home of one of Senior Services’ Senior Lunch Sites.  The Senior Lunch program of Senior Services provides a warm, friendly atmosphere and a hearty lunch for seniors three days a week. The meals, health screenings, and health information provide nourishment for the body, but the socialization, arts and crafts, music, and fun provide nourishment for the spirit. Senior Lunch participants will have access to all the wonderful collaborative programming in the Center as well as comprehensive health and wellness services.

Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County– Arts Council is the chief advocate of the arts and cultural sector in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Their goal is to serve as a leader in lifting up, creating awareness, and providing support to grow and sustain artistic, cultural, and creative offerings throughout our region. They acknowledge that it takes every voice, every talent, and every story to make our community a great place to live, work, and play. Arts Council is committed to serving as a convener, connector, and promoter of conversations and arts programming that are authentic, inclusive, forward-thinking, and serve ALL members of our community. They believe the programs and offerings at the Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness will enable them to work collaboratively to demonstrate the positive impact of intergenerational interaction within the arts, while increasing access to the residents of our community, no matter their age or background.

Cancer Services– Cancer Services, Inc. is the Triad’s community of caring for people facing cancer and has served cancer patients in the community for over 65 Years. “Enhancing Health, Life & Survivorship” is our passion. Our healthy living programs at ICAW are fun and practical and will be offered in English and Spanish. Healthy living topics include nutrition, movement, cooking, and seminars on health-related topics in order to decrease cancer risk and promote early detection. Survive & Thrive cancer survivorship programs are inclusive of individuals facing any type of cancer, as well as caregivers, and support all in living fully after a diagnosis of cancer.

40+ Stage Company– 40+ Stage Company is an amateur theatre company that focuses on issues of concern and relevance to adults in their middle years and beyond. Their outreach programs are specifically extended to organizations that provide services and support to aging adults. The 40+ Stage Company creates greater awareness of ageism in the community and provides opportunities for older adults to participate in the theatre.

IMPROVment– Founded by Christina Soriano, Vice Provost of the Arts at Wake Forest University, IMPROVment® is a collective of dance educators, neuroscience researchers, physical and occupational therapists, and community artists who utilize improvisational movement to emphasize physical and mental fitness. IMPROVment creates important connections and reduces isolation experienced by seniors who live alone while also improving their physical health and mobility.

The Shepherd’s Center– The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem will offer ongoing health and wellness programs for older adults including exercise (e.g. Tai Chi, Yoga, dancing) and educational classes. Art, technology, nutrition, music, and personal development programs will be offered in addition to caregiver education and support opportunities. Medicare education and counseling services through the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program will take place regularly.

Trellis Supportive Care– (formerly Hospice & Palliative Care Center) has been providing support to patients facing serious illness and end of life since 1979, caring for patients in any setting including our Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. They will bring to the collaboration an array of community outreach programming including caregiver hands-on skills training, grief counseling services including art and music therapies, Advance Care Planning workshops, Veterans outreach, and general education on topics related to serious illness.

University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA)– UNCSA faculty and students will engage with Senior Services at the Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness facility to enrich cultural prosperity in Winston-Salem. By working across generations to provide health and wellness-focused arts education, performances, and therapy activities we hope to eliminate barriers and broaden community access to these valuable services.

Wake Forest School of Medicine Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity– The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity is eager to collaborate with Senior Services to conduct Caregiver College in the Intergenerational Center. Caregiver College aims to:1) improve informal caregivers’ understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and co-occurring disorders, (2) Enhance the quality of life for patients and caregiver’s by providing support that reduces isolation and depression, (3) Provide strategies to manage symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease and co-occurring disorders, and (4) Fill a gap in culturally sensitive health education and awareness on Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, and dementia caregiving skills for African Americans.

Winston-Salem Symphony– In collaboration with Senior Services, the Winston-Salem Symphony would like to provide music programs and activities to serve the socio-emotional and educational needs of older adults and younger people at the Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness. Music programs and activities include an adult beginning orchestra, Piedmont Learning Academy for Youth (P.L.A.Y.) Music violin classes, drumming classes, and performances by their Youth Orchestra musicians.

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