I am overwhelmed by the unquestionable strength and character of our community of Seward. Like many organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are encouraged by the outpouring of support we have received. The messages of gratitude, acts of generosity and words of encouragement are powerful affirmations for our team of support staff and volunteers. For us, this positive energy has a direct correlation to excellence in senior care. The Seward Senior Center needs this as we continue to battle COVID-19.

So much has changed in a short period of time – the world around us, our neighborhoods, gathering spaces, the places we work and call home. Life in the midst of COVID-19 has sparked fear, frustration and anxiety all around. It is easy for distractions, criticism and stress to creep in. But now, more than ever, we must focus all our energy on defeating this pandemic and the challenges associated with it. Nothing is more important than ensuring the health and safety of our senior clients. 

During this unprecedented time, many people are looking to this senior center, to provide the same exceptional and compassionate care that they expected from us prior to COVID-19. In everything we do and with every decision we make, this is our absolute goal. And thanks to partners like the Seward Community Foundation, Seward Prevention Coalition, the CARE Act, American Legion, Post Five, Food Bank of Alaska, Hertz, Rotary Club, Adrienne’s Courier Services and the generosity of community citizens who have donated a percentage of their stimulus check, to help seniors with self-isolation. So grateful!

I have full confidence that the state mandates will “flatten the curve,” or slow down transmission of the infection, especially for the most vulnerable population. This will decrease the probability of the health care system being overstrained at any one time. We recognize staying at home is disruptive, but necessary, and are grateful for the many members of our community who have taken this order to heart. Everyone, at every age, plays an important role in stopping the spread of this infection.

As an organization, we are hopeful that sometime during the coming weeks and months, we will look at this difficult time in the “rearview mirror.” When we do, it will be with immense pride in how we individually and collectively, responded. 

In the interim, please continue to self-isolate if you are at risk and observe physical distancing. Contribute extra medical supplies if you have them to the Seward Community Health Clinic and if you can, contribute towards the beneficial senior nutritional services. Most importantly, encourage the center’s support staff and volunteers, who are making daily sacrifices, working the front line to support self-isolation, as we battle this pandemic together.

If you are 60 and older and in need of home delivered noon time meals, please contact the center at 224-5604

In Good Health, 

Dana Paperman

Executive Director

Seward Senior Center