Growing old gracefully is nice. But if you live long enough, at some point you will need some assistance.

That’s where SunServe comes in and helps South Florida seniors grow old gracefully with assistance. The SunServe Senior Open House is Wednesday, October 12, from 5-7 p.m. The staff will show elderly and their carers all they do at the Noble A. McArtor Senior Day Center, which is located at Sunshine Cathedral at 1480 SW 9th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale.

SunServe’s senior program is one of its foundational missions, stretching back 20 years. But it’s been a challenge to serve clients over the past couple of years.

“We’re trying to come out of COVID,” Lisa Peters, SunServe’s Director of Senior Services said. “We shut down for 10 months. We’re trying to reacquaint everyone with the center and what wonderful things we do.”

The open house is as much for the people who take care of seniors with dementia or ADLs.

“Most of our clients have caregivers. It’s geared towards caregivers and professionals who might make referrals.”

Peters and her staff know that trusting a vulnerable loved one in someone else’s care is a difficult decision and said this is an opportunity to get everyone to get comfortable with each other.

“All my staff will be present. We’ve got it so they will see a lot of their projects. Their artwork is on sale and they’ve been making beautiful bracelets.”

Part of their care program is helping seniors engage and express themselves, such as with the aforementioned art. While many may not be able to remember what they did an hour ago, they can recount stories from 50 years ago in precise detail. Peters said that’s good for the seniors and for the staff.

“A lot of our seniors have stories to tell and no one to tell them to. We enjoy getting to know them.”

Let’s Do Lunch

SunServe is also starting a new chapter in its monthly SilverServe Luncheons. Held the second Friday of the month, the event is for active and more independent seniors and creates an opportunity for conversation and community. On Oct. 14, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., the tradition continues in a new location.

They’re now meeting in the community room at AHF’s offices in downtown Fort Lauderdale at 750 SE 3rd Ave. In addition to a catered lunch and creating a feeling of fellowship, they bring in speakers. Topics have ranged from medical marijuana use to having sex after hip surgery. This month they’ll host a member from AHF to discuss their prescription options.