The Gibson Center
Proudly Serving Senior Citizens
The Gibson Center for Senior Services is a non-profit corporation providing services to senior citizens of Northern Carroll County since 1979. Our goal is to enable seniors to remain in their homes, while maintaining a high level of independence and quality of life through the offering of an evolving array of programs and services. Our programs are designed to serve the needs of these active and passive senior residents through nutrition programs (home delivery, congregate meals and nutrition education), transportation programs for the elderly and disabled to help meet their daily living needs, social and educational programs to enable them to stay actively involved in their communities with purpose and dignity, and referral and networking programs with related community service agencies.
Greetings from The Director
As I write this we are continuing with mid-summer heat and I remind myself that I wait 9 months of the year for it to come along. I really do love the early morning freshness and gulp in the air outside my screens. We have had more bird songs this year and as always I say this is the year I am going to learn to identify their calls. I haven’t done that but I did watch the robin pair work their nest over my front door and hatch 4 baby fledglings that just learned to fly on Thursday. Small miracles
The other great thing about summer is reading later into the night. I love good characters who inspire or challenge me, provide a discovery and otherwise make me think. This summer, among non-fiction, I found The Code Breaker about the discovery by Dr. Jennifer Doudna of the workings of RNA that led to the remarkably fast development of our Covid vaccines. The Longevity Economy by Joseph Coughlin describes the immense consumer power of older adults who do not fit the stereotypes of being frail and needy and will change the way products are designed and developed. Miracle and Wonder is fantastic as an audiobook by Malcom Gladwell with songs and interviews with Paul Simon. And my all time favorite – Gramma Gatewood’s Walk – about the woman who at 67, wearing dungarees and Keds and carrying her few items of gear in a sack, in 1957 became the first woman (and 5th ever) to complete the Appalachian Trail. Her story is inspiring and heartwarmingly told by her grandnephew.
For fiction and fun, try Lessons in Chemistry. It frankly has almost nothing to do with Chemistry and everything to do with the importance of being taken seriously. And that, my friends is the theme running through these books that I have only come to realize after putting them together. We all want and need to be taken seriously – at any age, with any history, gender, background or persuasion, we matter.
Send me your list of your favorite books. I love them. And visit the Believe in Books Bookmobile on Tuesdays at lunch. See you there.
Marianne Jackson, MD