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Parkersburg YMCA, kids stage virtual talent show for nursing facility

Braiden Myers, 5, shows off his favorite toy during a virtual talent show for residents at the Stonerise Healthcare center in Parkersburg. The show was through the after-school care program at the YMCA of Parkersburg. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Elementary students in the after-school care program at the YMCA of Parkersburg participated in a virtual talent show for residents at the Stonerise Healthcare nursing center in Parkersburg.

Formerly known as Eagle Pointe Skilled Nursing Center, the facility is located near the YMCA.

“We serve all ages at the Y, but deeply felt the need to help our neighboring nursing home residents from Stonerise combat social isolation,” YMCA Marketing Director Meloney Victory said. “We were inspired to create a virtual talent show exclusively for Stonerise after receiving word that they have the technological resources for virtual visits with its guests and patrons.

“We believe featuring our after-school kids and showcasing their talents is an excellent way to bring smiles to the residents during the pandemic,” Victory said.

Early in the pandemic last year, senior facilities across the nation stopped allowing in-person visits because older adults are most at risk for COVID-19. As a result, seniors felt more lonely in the first months of the pandemic.

Mya Davis, 7, is reading a book about her favorite creature, sharks, in the YMCA virtual talent show for residents at Stonerise Healthcare. (Photo Provided)

In June, 56 percent of older adults reported feeling isolated from others compared to 27 percent in 2018, according to the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging.

Serving the community is a large part of the YMCA of Parkersburg’s mission, Victory said.

“We are always looking for unique ways to serve the community,” Victory said. “From food drives to offering financial assistance, the support from our Y Members makes it possible for us to help meet local needs.”

This is what makes the YMCA different from other gyms, Victory said.

“Y membership matters because members get the opportunity to make a positive difference in their community,” she said.

For more information about the YMCA of Parkersburg and programs, call 304 485-5585, follow its social media pages or go to parkersburgymca.org.

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