Madison County Senior Center welcomes new director

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Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick Misty Bradley (left) is the new executive director at the Madison County Senior Center. She aims to spread the word about the activities and services the center has to offer, including the center’s adult day care service for which Pat Baynes (right) serves as director.
Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Misty Bradley (left) is the new executive director at the Madison County Senior Center. She aims to spread the word about the activities and services the center has to offer, including the center’s adult day care service for which Pat Baynes (right) serves as director.

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The Madison County Senior Center has a new executive director.

Misty Bradley, a lifelong London resident, started the job Dec. 30. She previously spent 27 years in the banking industry, most recently as manager of Merchants National Bank in London.

“I always like to help people. At the bank, I worked with seniors who were victims of fraud. I see the senior center as a place I can continue to work to protect seniors and help them have a better retirement,” she said.

Before becoming executive director, Bradley spent three years on the senior center board, serving on the finance and personnel committees.

“I got to know the value of the senior center through being on the board,” she said. “There are great, positive things that go on here every day.”

Adult day care is one of those great things, Bradley said. Caring for a loved one who is frail, elderly or who has dementia can be all-consuming. Adult day care is there to give caregivers a break, whether it’s for a few hours a day or for a day every now and then. 

“We are a front runner among senior centers in Ohio for adult day care. What better way to care for your mother, father or significant other than in a place where they receive great care and interaction without being stuck in a nursing home,” Bradley said.

The senior center also offers social activities and exercise classes, from chair volleyball and line dancing to euchre tournaments and off-site trips. Pinochle and chess were recently added to the list of regular offerings. Bradley hopes to continue to expand on the list.

“We have 800 members at the senior center. We want to grow by offering more activities that even more people will enjoy,” she said.

Membership is open to individuals who are 55 or older. The cost is $10 per year. Most activities at the center are free of charge.

Over 80 people regularly volunteer at the center, lending a helping hand in the adult day care center, at bingo, and in the kitchen and dining room, where lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

More volunteers are always welcome, said Bradley, who called bingo for the first time on Jan. 8.

“There’s more to it than picking a ball and calling out the letter and number. There’s quite a little switchboard to it, but they say I passed with flying colors,” she said.

Bradley likes to get to know all parts of a job, and this one is no exception.

“As a supervisor, I am committed to my employees and my work. I get involved and learn how everything works. I plan to get to know the staff and the membership by being involved,” she said.

The Madison County Senior Center is located at 280 W. High St., London. For more information, call (740) 852-3001.

Madison County Senior Center Activities Schedule

The Madison County Senior Center, 280 W. High St., London, offers the following activities. For more information, call (740) 852-3001.

Jan. 20: Center closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Regular Monday activities include chair volleyball, 9 a.m.; crocheting, knitting and needle crafts, 9:30 a.m.; sitting exercise/strengthening, 10:30 a.m.; and euchre, 1 p.m.)

Jan. 21: Quilting class, 9 a.m.; tai chi for arthritis, 4:45 p.m.; cards, Mexican train dominos, 5 p.m.; line dancing, 5:45 p.m.

Jan. 22: Chair volleyball, 9 a.m.; woodcarvers, 9:30 a.m.; aerobics, 10:30 a.m.; bridge, 12:15 p.m.; tai chi for arthritis, 1 p.m.; yoga, 2 p.m.; public bingo, 7 p.m.

Jan. 23: Chair volleyball, 9 a.m.; fun bingo, 9 a.m.; genealogy class, 1 p.m.

Jan. 24: Painting class, 9 a.m.; chimes, 10 a.m.; pinochle, 1 p.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday (open to anyone, regardless of age; $4.75 for anyone under 55 and $4 for anyone 55 or older)

Square dance and dinner: March 29 at the center. Open to anyone. Details to be announced.

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