Senior Services

Senior Services Chair 2023-2024: Cathy Sutton
If you believe that wisdom comes with age, Senior Services may be able to teach you a thing or two. Meeting eight times a year on the third Wednesday of the month, club members present a program and a workshop for local senior groups under the direction of the Senior Services  committee chair.

Senior Services May 17, 2023


Memorial Day floral arrangements were designed by the St. Francis Meals-on-Wheels and Alzheimer groups on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at the Ocean County Southern Service Center in Manahawkin. Before the session, the Senior Services members from the Garden Club of LBI, crafted a patriotic theme, gathered materials and their clippers and fresh greenery for the guests. The Committee guided the attendees with festive red, white and blue flower arrangements!

The guests enjoyed working with their hands as well as the creative and compositional aspects of the activity. Garden Club members in attendance were Cathy Sutton, Senior Services Chair, Lisa Tyson, Gail Palumbo,, Paula Cafone and JoAnne McKee. The members enjoyed watching the senior assemble their own arrangements and their reactions when they succeed!

Senior Services April 19, 2023

The Senior Services from the Garden Club of Long Beach Island met with 20 wonderful guests on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at the Ocean County Southern Service Center in Manahawkin. Six attending garden club members spread out the floral choices in front of each guest so the options would be accessible at their fingertips. Members assisted and watched the group make numerous adjustments to create their very own lovely spring flower arrangements. The easy to maneuver mixed flowers featured green faced white daisies, greenery and carnations. Socialization and proud expressions were quite visible within the group!

Senior Services at Genesis  March 22, 2023

Photos by Jeannette Michelson (Click on photos to enlarge)



By Gillian Rozicer, Publicity Chair

With a bright spring sun streaming through the windows and dozens of lavender/pink roses everywhere, residents of Genesis HealthCare Center in Manahawkin created beautiful arrangements to share in their rooms and around the hallways. Ten members of the Garden Club , led by co-chairs Cathy Sutton and JoAnne McKee, arrived at Genesis on March 22nd with bouquets of roses, peach pink Peruvian lilies, and snow white Baby’s breath. They brought garden clippers and greens from their own gardens. Genesis recreation director Nicole Demeski and her staff brought a dozen residents to the spacious, sun-filled dining room and set up a long table for flower arranging.

Soon the room was heavily scented with roses and it looked like a scene from a beautiful wedding. Garden Club members guided the seniors in flower choices and helped with stubborn stems. “Roses are my favorite flower,” said Alice, age 88, “I’ll take any color.” As they prepared to leave with their creations, resident Carol Harris stood up and thanked the Garden Club for “fun and good times.”  Another resident was heard to say, “I love yellow roses , my husband always sent them…..”