Gordon Behrents Senior Center in Galesburg has announced that Georgene Erickson of Galesburg is the Senior of the Month. At the young age of 99, Georgene stays busy with jewelry making, playing golf and sewing. A few times a week she comes to Gordon Behrents to have a home cooked meal, connect with friends and enjoy fun activities.
Georgene was born in rural Rio and raised in Avon. As an only child, she was her Dad’s main farm hand helping take care of chickens, cows, planting and more. She used to bottle the milk from the cows and help deliver the milk to houses in town. As she got older she started working in different jewelry stores around Galesburg, the main one being O’Dell’s.
In 1946, Georgene married her loving husband Clarence and they stayed busy raising their son. She continued to help her father on the farm. When Clarence moved into the Knox County Nursing Home, she saw a need and quickly got to work. For more than 13 years Georgene volunteered daily running social activities, organizing and running the gift shop.
In 2022, Georgene’s friend told her about Gordon Behrents and she started attending a few days a week. She loves the games and social interaction the most. “She always has a great attitude. I love seeing all of her jewelry and sewing creations she makes. Georgene is talented!” shares Teresa, Gordon Behrents staff member.
Gordon Behrents Senior Center provides adult day services to persons 60 and over or those with specific needs. During the Monday – Friday 9:30am – 2:30pm 5-hour program, participants enjoy fun memory-based activities, light exercise, arts & crafts and games geared toward their needs. The smell of home hits you when you walk in the door, as the homestyle meal is cooked each day.
In between the socialization and fun, our fully trained staff are ready to assist with daily personal care activities such as showering, grooming and personal care. For family members, it is a much-needed respite knowing their family member is in a safe, nurturing environment for the day.
Our specially-equipped transportation fleet, including lift vehicles offer pick up and drop off services. A large portion of participants time at Gordon Behrents is covered through programs such as the Illinois Department on Aging, Office of Rehabilitation, Veterans Administration and WIAAA.
To schedule your complimentary lunch and visit, please call 309-344-2600 or visit thrivegalesburg.org/gordon-behrents