“Everybody needs connections, so we want to provide that opportunity for them, so they’re not isolated and at home alone,” Melisa Brown, Director of Senior Center, said.
One of the many ways Duplin County’s Services For Aged encourages social interactions is by hosting a senior fun day every year. This year’s theme was “Connect, Create, Contribute.”
“We’ve got lunch, an Elders Abuse Walk, bingo, ladder ball, corn hole, adult coloring, just a great time of fellowship for everybody,” Brown said.
Florence Vecton, a senior, said she enjoys attending Senior Fun Day every year because she gets to see her friends from across Duplin County all at once.
“I played corn hole already, and ladder ball, and I was getting ready to play bingo,” Vecton said. “I try to do a little bit of all of it and encourage other seniors to do the same because it keeps my brain active.”
James Kenan High School’s JROTC also spent their day interacting with their seniors.
“It’s very good exciting to me because if it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be here,” Jamiyah Faison, JROTC Cadet at James Kenan High School, said.
Vecton said this is also an opportunity for seniors in the community to make new friends.
“Because otherwise, the seniors would not have much to do or many places to go,” Vector said. “This is one of the things that they do encourage us to come out of our homes and participate in, and I consider that very important.”