Balloon launch set for cancer awareness

Mindy Kearns - Special to OVP

MASON COUNTY — A cancer awareness balloon launch will highlight senior citizen activities for the month of August.

The event will take place Aug. 23, 10:30 a.m., at the Gene Salem Senior Center in Point Pleasant.

According to Ann Dalton, executive administrative assistant with the Mason County Action Group, the balloons can be made in memory of a loved one lost to cancer, or in honor of a survivor. Seniors will place the person’s name inside one of the multi-colored balloons of their choice, along with other information such as a remission date. The balloons will then be released together outside the center.

“It’s very touching to see all the balloons go into the air,” Dalton said.

Many other activities are planned for both the Point Pleasant center, as well as the Mason Senior Center.

In Point Pleasant, “Crafts with Christy” will be held Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. Dalton said Christy is one of the center’s caregivers who was a former florist. She will be teaching the seniors how to make bows at 10 a.m.

Hope Roush from Ohio Valley Bank will present part two of a program titled “Safe Banking for Seniors,” on Aug. 9 at 10:30 a.m. The Arbors of Pomeroy will check blood pressures on Aug. 16 at 10:30 a.m., and a representative from the Veterans Administration will be at the center on Aug. 17 from noon to 2 p.m.

Other events will include: Aug. 24, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Brooke Fletcher from the WV Attorney General’s Office; Aug. 29, 11:30 a.m., a presentation on “Medicare Coverage of Durable Medical Equipment”; and Aug. 30, 10:30 a.m., blood pressure checks by Medi-Home Health.

Regular activities at the Gene Salem Center are bingo on Mondays and Fridays, Senior Center Country Band on Wednesdays, and church services on Thursdays. All begin at 10 a.m.

At the Mason center, Healthy Steps Exercise classes will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. Also, on Aug. 17 at 11:30 a.m. will be a presentation, “Medicare Coverage of Durable Medical Equipment.”

Regular Mason activities are bingo on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and music on Fridays, all at 10 a.m.

Seniors are invited to the centers for lunch each weekday at 11:30 a.m. Those wishing to eat are asked to sign up ahead of time at the center of their choice, or call 304-675-2369.

Mindy Kearns

Special to OVP

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.