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Learning to Smile Again at the SOME Senior Center

I was very withdrawn when I first came to Kuehner Place [for Abused and Neglected Elderly] in 2014 and did not want to participate in anything. I started attending the Senior Center at a slow pace, because I was not ready to talk and be around anyone at that time. After leaving Kuehner Place, Ms. Denise suggested that I come back to the Center. I was hesitant at first, but decided that I would give it a try.

My first day riding on the bus was very exciting. The bus driver was very nice and the lady who I sat next to was very friendly and welcoming. My first day was on a bingo day and I said, “I am going to try to play.” Although I didn’t win, it made me happy to be able to participate.

I look forward to getting out of the house and coming to be with my new friends for the day. Since coming to the Center, I find myself talking and laughing a lot more. It is a really good feeling to smile again!

I have four children and I love telling them about my day at the Center. My daughter tells me how proud she is of me and that makes me feel good. I see myself coming out of my shell and communicating more. I love the exercises and trips. I just love coming to the Senior Center; it has really made a big difference in my life. The people are friendly, the staff are supportive, and the food is excellent. I am thankful for a place like SOME.

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