An invitation to partner in service to older adults

Date: September 17, 2020 | Category: News

We hope you are doing well as we continue to cope with COVID-19 and the changes it has forced upon us all. Like you, we are working to adapt to the present conditions. We really miss seeing folks at the centers. But there are bright spots!
Have you heard about “The Learning Connection,” a collection of online programs for older adults that recently launched for all the Care Connection for Aging Services senior centers?
This resource – in addition to our phone-based care management and meals provided curbside and through home delivery – is allowing our senior centers to continue to reach our beloved seniors in our community during this difficult time.
You can play a significant role in helping us reach beyond the walls of our buildings to serve older adults in their homes, on their computers, and in their communities with services that will enrich their lives.
Ron, a 71-year-old retiree who lives in a senior housing apartment, recently graduated from the Aging Mastery Program (AMP) offered online. He heard about the class several months ago in his senior center’s dining room, which he says is the only place to get good fried chicken in his community.
“The AMP class was very, very helpful, and I am grateful they went on with it during the pandemic. The leaders handled the switch (from in-person) to online beautifully.” Using Zoom made it easy for him to log into each class session using a simple link.
“There are a lot of things involved in the AMP class that I wished I would have known earlier when I was a caregiver for my mother,” said Ron. During the pandemic, Ron has also picked up a weekly fried chicken lunch through the senior center’s curbside service. The meal, along with a frozen one for later, is placed in his trunk for safe, contact-free delivery. He highly recommends it!
In addition to the program that Ron completed, the online Learning Connection includes a variety of programs to keep adults and caregivers informed and feeling well – even during this time when at-risk people are encouraged to spend more time at home to avoid COVID-19 infection. Being online allows us to safely reach as many older adults and caregivers as possible, some for the first time.
We have classes on Tai Chi and other exercises, family caregiver support groups and educational events, information on Medicare and benefits, as well as courses to help people plan their best lives in retirement. We’re even planning to add virtual recreational events.
Our goal is to end social isolation, which is as dangerous to an older person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. We are using technology to keep older adults engaged in a positive aging experience.
But we still need your help to continue this and all the valuable programs that your senior center continues to provide, even as we physically distance.
Would you consider making a gift of $50, $100 or $200 to help us to serve Ron and many others like him who make their retirement years their very best? Your gift in any amount will go toward providing opportunities to create positive aging experiences. Giving online is easy at this link!
We can’t thank you enough for your partnership as we strive our area’s aging population in good times and in challenging times. Please take good care of yourself and your loved ones!
Diana Hoemann
Executive Director
Care Connection

P.S. A last word from Ron about why he values his senior center. “When you are caregiving, going day-to-day, you need as much support as you can get.” You can make sure we’re here for seniors and their caregivers.