Our Partners

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

Dedicated Space Partners

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.

Family Services-Family Services works to help children, families, and individuals make positive, lasting changes in their lives; strengthen families; build a healthier, more stable community; and better futures for us all.  Family Services plans to have six (6) classrooms for birth to Pre-K in the Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness.  Intentional intergenerational programming between the children and older adult participants of the Williams Adult Day Center will be offered daily.

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.  Older adults at the Williams Center will benefit from the support of older youth volunteers and a shared space facility will facilitate connecting Hispanic/Latino seniors with supportive services.

Novant Health– Novant Health is exploring this location as a multi-specialty suite. Those specialties would look to leverage a variety of services and expand health education. The location is ideal for expanding services to serve a more diverse population, and creating another point of access to those who need it most.

Winston-Salem State University– Winston-Salem State University will provide clinical services, student and client education, and participate in research within the Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness. Individuals across the age spectrum will be able to receive a variety of services in a supervised practicum setting that is centrally located in the community. An interdisciplinary team consisting of occupational therapy, physical therapy, therapeutic recreation, social work, and healthcare management will utilize the Center space, sometimes individually and sometimes together to provide interdisciplinary services.

Sawtooth School for Visual Arts- Sawtooth is dedicated to providing fine arts and craft education in both intergenerational and senior focused classes. Sawtooth’s classes are open to everyone in the community – no matter what age, skill level or background. The Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness will include studio spaces for resident artists in textiles and ceramics.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC-Second Harvest Food Bank’s Providence Kitchen is exploring the operation of a retail café in the Intergenerational Center. The Food Bank will also offer nutrition education classes that focus on the needs of older adults as well as intergenerational healthy cooking opportunities.

Wake Forest Baptist Health’s J. Paul Sticht Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention– The Sticht Center on Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention is a leader in geriatric clinical care and research. Clinicians specializing in geriatric care provide routine clinical care, specialized acute care, house calls, integrated support in local continuing care retirement communities and consult services to other physicians, as well as supportive counseling for people with dementia and their families. The Sticht Center also is home to both an NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the longest continuously funded Claude D. Pepper Older Adults Independence Center in the nation, providing access to cutting-edge research trials to our community. Their presence in the Intergenerational Center is favorable to targeting an underserved, diverse population of seniors and improving older adults’ accessibility to Sticht Center services.

Partners Who Will Utilize Shared Space

Cancer Services– Cancer Services will offer educational, evidence-based programs that will motivate and help community members maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce cancer risk and recurrence.

The Shepherd’s Center– The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem promotes and supports successful aging by providing direct services, volunteer opportunities, and enrichment programs for older adults. The Shepherd’s Center will bring programming to an underserved population of active seniors and provide opportunities for connections to occur between Williams Center participants and older adult volunteers.

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 will provide opportunities for older adults to participate in the theatre because of the demonstrable positive impact such activities have on participants’ physical and emotional health. They will use theatrical performances to engage both seniors and the community on aging topics.

Wake Forest University-Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity– The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity will offer “Caregiver College” sessions to provide intensive education and training for informal family caregivers from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority communities. Caregiver College research and training will support caregivers’ efforts to help their care partners’ live in the community by: improving informal caregivers’ understanding of Alzheimer’s and co-occurring disorders; enhancing quality of life for caregivers and care recipients by providing supports that reduce isolation and depression:(3) provide strategies to manage symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s and co-occurring disorders; and filling gaps in culturally sensitive health education and awareness on Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, and dementia caregiving skills.

Wake Forest University-IMPROVment– IMPROVment, a collaboration with Wake Forest University and the Sticht Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center 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 by encouraging participants to create their own movement in response to multiple auditory prompts.  A current research collaborator with Senior Services’ Aging with Purpose Initiative and the Williams Center, IMPROVment will continue to create important connections and reduces isolation experienced by seniors who live alone while also improving their physical health and mobility.

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County-The Arts Council as a collaborator with other local arts organizations will facilitate artistic programming and opportunities for older adult participants of the Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness. Research indicates that the arts have a positive impact on the emotional and mental health of older adults, which has a positive effect on their immune system.

Winston-Salem Symphony-The Winston-Salem Symphony has expressed an interest in providing live concert experiences for participants and visitors in the atrium of the Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness simulating outdoor performances of music of diverse genres. Musical reminiscence provides powerful connections for individuals with dementia and also honors cultural diversity and experiences.

YWCA-The YWCA has expressed interest in providing afterschool programming in addition to exercise classes and evidenced based programs that promote health and wellness for seniors.

YMCA –The YMCA has expressed interest in offering health and wellness classes for active adults and possibly before or after school care.

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