Dedicated Space Collaborators
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 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.
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 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 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 thousands of 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 Generations Center, and discovering new ways all of us can work together.
The Hispanic League, driven by its unwavering commitment to enhancing the quality of life for Hispanics/Latinos, serves as a beacon of cultural unity and prosperity. Rooted in the rich tapestry of Hispanic heritage, the organization recognizes and cherishes the profound intergenerational nature of Hispanic culture. It thrives on the timeless wisdom passed down through generations, fostering a deep sense of connection and identity within the community. In the context of this groundbreaking initiative, the presence of the Hispanic League not only brings a range of cultural perspectives but also actively contributes to the broader objective of establishing a national model for collaborative senior services, thereby ensuring a brighter and more inclusive future for everyone.
Novant Health will have a multidisciplinary healthcare space 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’s mission is to strengthen our community’s creative core by providing high-quality instruction and visual art experiences for students of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds. Sawtooth is dedicated to increasing access and exposure to visual art for everyone in our community, and beyond. Sawtooth’s studios at the Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness will be equipped with professional-level tools and materials and are dedicated to educational programming in ceramics and mixed media, with a focus on textiles.
Classes offered in Sawtooth’s Generations Center ceramics studio will include wheel throwing, handbuilding, glazing, design, and clay sculpture. Sawtooth's Generations Center mixed-media studio will offer a wide variety of classes including textiles-focused classes like dyeing, spinning, weaving, and felting, as well as other media such as printmaking, painting, collage, and more.
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 their Providence Culinary Training students and graduates. In addition, through their Nutrition Services team, they will deliver nutrition education classes to help individuals understand how to prepare healthy, delicious meals and snacks.
The Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) School of Health Sciences (SOHS) is a dedicated space partner in the new Senior Services Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness. The space will house several specialty clinics currently offered by the WSSU SOHS in and around East Winston and surrounding areas that provide health and preventive care services and programming for the underserved population. The goal is to also expand the health services offered to meet the needs of the community while providing experiential learning for WSSU SOHS students in a state-of-the-art facility.
The space will be an incubator for interprofessional collaboration, scholarship, and education opportunities.
Collaborators Who Will Utilize Shared Space
The Generations 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 at the Generations Center as well as comprehensive health and wellness services.
The best thing about the cinema experience is that it can last a lifetime. Movies open doors to memories and generate new ones. a/perture cinema is thrilled to collaborate with Senior Services to continue to ensure older adults can experience the magic of cinema with both care partners and a younger generation of film enthusiasts.
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 Generations Center 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.
Authoring Action is a literary and performance arts organization for teens ages 13-18, we create an opportunity for participation in the arts for youth who would not ordinarily have the opportunity to discover their authentic voices through artistic development and/or who may lack one or more critical support systems in their life. Authoring Action youth experience the power of the arts and creative writing as a transformational life process. Our signature creative writing process and spoken word methods offer youth the tools to discover their authentic voices and explore and reshape their lives. Through collaboration with community partners and Senior Services, Authoring Action looks forward to the development of creative writing and spoken word performance and media presentation opportunities for seniors, young adults, and youth.
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 the Generations Center 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 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.
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) will offer innovative art-making experiences for all ages, providing a creative outlet for seniors and a platform for meaningful intergenerational engagement. With a unique focus on memory care through the arts, these experiences will also enhance and enrich the lives of seniors who are facing cognitive challenges. And by bringing together individuals of different ages, we aim to break down generational barriers and promote understanding, unity, and compassion.
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.
(formerly Hospice & Palliative CareCenter) has been providing care and support to patients facing serious illness since 1979. Trellis provides care for patients, and their families, in their homes—including long-term care communities—and when needed at their KBR Hospice Home. They will bring to the collaboration an array of community outreach programming including hands-on skills training for caregivers, grief counseling services including art and music therapies, Advance Care Planning workshops, Veterans outreach, and general education on topics related to serious illness.
UNCSA faculty and students will engage with Senior Services at the Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness 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.
The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity is eager to collaborate with Senior Services to conduct Caregiver College in the Generations Center. Caregiver College aims to:
- Improve informal caregivers’ understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and co-occurring disorders.
- Enhance the quality of life for patients and caregiver’s by providing support that reduces isolation and depression.
- Provide strategies to manage symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease and co-occurring disorders.
- Fill a gap in culturally sensitive health education and awareness on Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, and dementia caregiving skills for African Americans.
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.