Please join us in helping your older adult neighbors and friends this holiday season.
Many older adults in our lives have made deep sacrifices to provide us with a stable foundation for our future. They have shared invaluable wisdom and leadership to guide us with life’s choices. This holiday season provides an opportunity to honor the older adults in your life by helping similar adults who are struggling with hardships. With so many older adults impacted by rising healthcare costs and the lack of affordable housing, the following are some of the hardships addressed by the Center throughout the year:
Homeless Older Adults: Older adults seeking shelter in a train station or a warm place to lay their head is a harsh reality this winter. Studies across the U.S. have shown a clear, upward trend in the number of adults aged 50-64 among the homeless population. Homelessness is a real and ongoing battle the Center of Concern fights every day as public assistance falls far short of community needs.
Malnutrition: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals one in four older Americans suffer from poor nutrition. Although the causes of malnutrition are commonly attributed to a diet lacking in proper nutrients, experts contend malnutrition is more often caused by a combination of physical, social and psychological issues in older adults. You can make a positive difference by supporting our daily meal and life enrichment program for adults over 60 and access to supportive services for homebound seniors.
Loneliness: The many difficult changes related to aging contribute to a more solitary life. Many older adults in our community suffer from loneliness and a lack of mobility without family living nearby. The Center’s programs and volunteer activities reduce isolation for the elderly helping them build a stronger connection to the outside world and maintain their independence with dignity.
Dementia: Family caregivers find comfort and support from programs to serve residents impacted by memory loss and cognitive-related issues. Our Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group and newly created Memory Café offer friendships, support and effective resources to more effectively care for loves ones with compassion and dignity.
We have all learned at an early age the importance of giving back to our community and supporting those in need. Friends, volunteers, and community supporters often say they help because it’s the right thing to do and like to know they are continuing a tradition they were taught as children. Pictured are parents, grandparents, and older adults who have taught us the importance of giving back to those in need.