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Indian Land’s new Council on Aging site manager brings heart to her job preparing activities and meals for area senior citizens.
Elvira Faulkner-McIlwain started her new role in December.
She is the second manager for the program since the sudden illness and death of former director Lynda Adams last June.
Faulkner-McIlwain retired from Joslyn Clark Controls after 32 years to care for her ailing mother. When she was ready to return to the workforce, she started looking for a part-time job.
She credits God for putting her in the right place to learn about this job, specifically Wal-Mart, where she ran into Lancaster Council on Aging Director Sally Sherrin.
“It’s truly a blessing to be here,” Faulkner-McIlwain said. “They are a new extended family.”
She is actively pursuing speakers and guests to help the seniors with health, civic, faith and general wellness issues.
In February, the center celebrated “Go Red” month to bring awareness to heart health.
She also has visits planned for physicians, such as optometrists for free eye exams, nutritionists, heart doctors and dermatologists.
Based on her experience with her own mother, Faulkner-McIlwain knows that seniors also have questions about Social Security benefits and government issues, such as the digital TV transition, and plans to have guests to answer them.
Through her connections with the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission, on which she serves, Faulkner-McIlwain has arranged for a visit this month of a demonstration vehicle where the seniors can experience electronic voting machines.
Of course, Faulkner-McIlwain has continued the program’s regular bingo and domino games.
In addition to providing a daily lunch, the program also promotes wellness through chair yoga exercises and walking in the recreation center gymnasium.
Faulkner-McIlwain lives in Lancaster and attends David Stand AME Zion Church. She has one grown daughter, Karimah McIlwain.
The Indian Land Council on Aging site is one of four in the county, including the primary site in Lancaster and satellites in Heath Springs and Kershaw.
Local senior citizens are invited to participate from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. For details, call (803) 802-4653.