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Seniors Host Fashion Show Benefitting Alzheimer’s Disease Research
Seniors Host Fashion Show Benefitting Alzheimer’s Disease Research

A dozen female models, volunteers ages 65 through 90, will walk the Fall Fashion Show runway Wed., Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. at Asbury Methodist Village’s Rosborough Cultural Arts and Wellness Center. The show benefits the Alzheimer’s Association, and afterwards, attendees can “shop” for modeled clothes and accessories.

Resident-model Mary Ebinger, 82, has been president of the continuing care retirement community’s largest resident-run volunteer organization, the Asbury Guild, for four years. Her husband Warren, 84, soon will take over her post. “We’ve been married 61 years, and we feel like we’re 55,” Ebinger said. “We believe life is an adventure. I think living and volunteering here, being involved in such meaningful ways, is an adventure for many of our residents who work so hard to make a difference. They also know how much they are appreciated.”

“The Fashion Show is just one aspect of the active volunteering lifestyle here,” said Sharon Bennett, Asbury Methodist Village volunteer services coordinator. “Volunteering is very much a part of our culture. I have 600 active volunteers who live here – ‘people with purpose’ – and many of them don’t think about the hours they put in volunteering.”

According to Senior Corps, more than 26 million senior citizens have already discovered the sense of purpose and accomplishment that comes from volunteering. Studies by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) indicate that senior citizens who volunteer may enjoy better health than their non-volunteering peers: a longer lifespan, greater ability to remain functional in their later years and a reduced chance of developing depression.

The Guild raises approximately $50,000 a year and donates $1,500 each month for resident activities. Other projects have included building a chapel as well as a balcony garden off the dining room in transitional care, providing funds for several new washers and dryers and a multimedia project that allows easier access to movies with streaming capabilities. Guild members also deliver birthday cards and holiday gift bags to nearly 500 Wilson and Kindley residents.

Directions: Rosborough Cultural Arts and Wellness Center is at 409 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20877. Enter Asbury Methodist Village through the main gate at Odendhal Ave. and Lost Knife Rd., across from Lakeforest Mall. You may wish to enter the following address into your vehicle’s navigation system:  9607 Lost Knife, Gaithersburg, Md. The Rosborough Cultural Arts and Wellness Center is Building 409.  www.asburymethodistvillage.org

Post By: Cheryl Slavinsky, Asbury Methodist Village