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Hillsborough County Aging Services Honors Two Volunteers for Their Commitment to Serve Others

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Hillsborough County, Fla. (May 18, 2023) - Hillsborough County Aging Services honored two volunteers today for their dedication and contribution of numerous hours to assist staff and clients at the County's Senior Centers.

Hillsborough County Aging Services presented Wanda Poindexter and Martha Whyte with the 2023 Hillsborough County Elderly Affairs Day Volunteer Award on Thursday, May 18, at the Oaks at Riverview Senior Center, 101 E. Kirby St., Tampa, FL 33604.

The event celebrated Older Americans Month, and the theme was Aging Unbound. The event celebrated senior volunteers who have made significant contributions to Hillsborough County Aging Services and their communities.

The two Hillsborough County award recipients were Wanda Poindexter and Martha Whyte:

Wanda Poindexter has been a dedicated volunteer at the Gardenville Dining and Activity Center in Gibsonton for more than five years. She has donated more than 430 hours of service to assist Hillsborough County seniors. At the Gardenville Senior Center, Ms. Poindexter provides food service assistance, participates in active aging games, and is first in line to volunteer at all countywide events for seniors. Her peers have nicknamed her "The Cyclone" for her speedy and flawless work.

In addition, Ms. Poindexter volunteers untiringly with community programs, such as Portamento of Hope Inc. in Brandon. She serves as a soup kitchen volunteer and a lead in donating food to the homeless and families in need throughout Hillsborough County.

Martha Whyte has been a dedicated volunteer at the River Pines Senior Dining and Activity Center in Tampa for more than five years. She has donated hundreds of volunteer hours assisting with food service, special events, and marketing. Ms. Whyte also works with the senior community by planning holiday cook outs for diners and residents at River Pines Apartments in Tampa. The cookouts serve as community mixers and an opportunity to form new friendships. She also assists with coordinating, planning, and marketing other special events held inside the dining area, such as the monthly Shuffleboard Fiesta, monthly birthday celebrations, and holiday parties.

Hillsborough County Aging Services offers a number of programs and services that benefit seniors and caregivers in Hillsborough County.

Hillsborough County Senior Centers

Hillsborough County Aging Services has seven senior centers throughout Hillsborough County where older adults are provided activities and meals. The Hillsborough County Senior Centers serve as a focal point for seniors to gather, learn, and enjoy free activities designed for today's active seniors. Programs include lifelong learning classes, photography workshops, sewing classes, painting club, jewelry-making class, gardening club, billiards, chess club, fitness classes, ping-pong club, Yoga class, Tai-Chi class, table games, and more. Activities are for adults ages 50 and over. Adults who are 60 and over may qualify for a noon-time meal.

Adult Day Services

Hillsborough County Adult Day Services offers comprehensive health, social, supportive, and therapeutic services for functionally impaired seniors in a community-based setting. Adult Day Services has four locations in Hillsborough County, which include Tampa, Brandon, Plant City, and Wimauma. Each location is designed to help families whose loved ones wish to remain at home as long as possible, but often struggle with providing care.

Adult Day Services are for Hillsborough County residents ages 60 and older who have decreased physical, mental, or social functions. Each center offers nurses who provide health monitoring and counseling, therapeutic activities, nutrition counseling, social work counseling, meals and snacks, and assistance with medication administration.

Senior In-Home Services

Senior In-Home Services provide services in the home for adults over 60 who are functionally impaired and need assistance with everyday activities. These services are provided on a long-term basis. The services can include respite care for the caregiver, companionship for the client, consumable medical supplies, emergency alert response, home-delivered meals, homemaking, personal care, and lock boxes for seniors who live alone or are alone during the day.

To learn more or to sign up for Aging Services programs, visit HCFLGov.net/Aging, call (813) 272-5250, or email AgingServicesCustomerCare@HCFLGov.net.

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