Reimagine Aging News: July 2015

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In The News

CEO Deb Taylor’s monthly column, which is published in many Minnesota newspapers, focuses on how we can Reimagine Aging to better serve seniors and their caregivers. The most recent newspaper column is available here.

If you know of a caregiver or older adult who would benefit from Senior Community Services' many supportive programs and services, please encourage them to contact us. They can stay connected with us by doing three things: 'LIKE' us on FACEBOOK, 'FOLLOW' us on TWITTER, and subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter here.

Mark your calendar! The 2015 Key Community Partner Awards Luncheon will be held October 23.

Join us to celebrate and support Senior Community Service's vital mission to help older adults and caregivers maintain independence.


An 'Island' or a Sea of Compassionate Helpers?

No man (or woman!) is an island. Have you ever heard this quote? A shorter version of it was first delivered by the seventeenth-century English author John Donne during a sermon. He was right, no one is totally self-sufficient. We all rely on others to thrive and enjoy meaningful lives: our families, our co-workers and friends.
 
Those of us in the not-for-profit realm exist to help others, and we certainly cannot do it alone. When an older adult or caregiver requires help, they want the best expertise available to resolve their need effectively and efficiently, without hassle.
 
Senior Community Services has been around for more than sixty years, and we've been able to help many thousands of seniors annually thanks to our effective collaborations with partnering organizations.
 
Today, we partner with 300 other organizations to ensure the timely and effective delivery of care and services to the Minnesota older adults and caregivers we serve. Think of Senior Community Services as the conductor and our partners as the orchestra. Together, we create a symphony of care.  Yes, we have a dedicated and highly experienced staff of social workers and other specialists who really know their stuff. But to help more than 25,000 struggling and vulnerable seniors annually, it takes more boots on the ground.
 
Our staff collaborated with nearly 3,900 dedicated Minnesota volunteers and coordinated with our partnering organizations to provide the services seniors and their caregivers needed to maintain independence and enjoy healthier, more vital lives.
Volunteers are amazing. They provided 87,856 hours of services during 2014. And 1,480 senior center friends provided 78,502 hours of service to make life more engaging and fun for thousands of senior center attendees. I'm humbled.

We rely on our donor supporters, too. Please mark your calendar for October 23, the date for our Key Community Partner Awards luncheon. This annual event celebrates the achievements in the community by our partners. It's also a great opportunity for our friends to again support our annual fund. Charitable support is so important to sustaining the programs that seniors and caregivers need to maintain independence with dignity and hope.
 
We come together to support positive aging and independence, as we Reimagine Aging for generations of Minnesotans.

Sincerely,

Deb Taylor
Chief Executive Officer 


Know someone with home maintenance needs? 
 

Chore services may be purchased through Senior Community Services' 
HOME store.


"The club members believe seniors deserve all we can do to help. By supporting them through Senior Community Services we are affording them a better life. Senior Community Services is extraordinary."
                                                         

Bill Nelson, Lions Club of Wayzata

We love Bill Nelson and the other members of the Lions Club of Wayzata. They are devoted, enthusiastic supporters of Senior Community Services and the seniors at the Boardwalk of Wayzata apartments. Over the years, the club's support has enabled Wayzata’s lower income and isolated seniors to experience an enhanced quality of life and a stronger sense of belonging. 
 
The Lions Club's generous charitable support ensures the senior center activities at the Wayzata Boardwalk are funded, including low or no-cost services  through Senior Community Services that make life better.
 
"The club members believe seniors deserve all we can do to help. By supporting them through Senior Community Services we are affording them a better life.We are cautious in our giving, but Senior Community Services is extraordinary," says club member Bill Nelson

 
Walter White, the CEO of Allianz, a life insurance company, is a long-time donor and member of Senior Community Services' board of directors. 
 
"I am proud to support Senior Community Services because the organization is addressing a critical issue: How to reimagine aging through innovative support services to allow people to remain actively engaged in their communities. I am well aware of the inexorable demographic trends that will overwhelm conventional, institutional solutions to the needs of an aging population. Helping seniors and caregivers remain in their homes is a high calling, and CEO Deb Taylor and her team are pushing the organization to the forefront of the best thinking on this issue."
 
Senior Community Services relies upon community generosity to sustain our mission.  Please consider a financial gift today and help make life healthier, more engaging and vital for those older adults in our lives.

 

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of seniors.

Honor a friend or loved one with a tax-deductible gift to Senior Community Services.Your gift of $35, 
$60, $150 or an amount of your choosing will make life better for low-income seniors who 
need help maintaining independence.

You may give securely online at www.seniorcommunity.org 
and click on Support.
 
Checks may be mailed to: 
Senior Community Services
Attn: Development 

10201 Wayzata Blvd. Suite 335
Minnetonka, MN 55305

Stay Connected With CareNextion


Are you caring for an aging loved one? Stay connected to caregiving from anywhere with www.carenextion.org. This free and secure online tool strengthens support networks through centralized coordination of care, task assignment and journaling.

You can also access helpful resources. Visit www.carenextion.org for more information or to speak with a staff person call 612-770-7005.

The Reimagine Aging Institute is the public awareness arm of Senior Community Services as we reach out to the community via the news media.  Through the Institute, we illuminate aging issues of broad relevance for seniors, their families, and Minnesota communities.

Visit the Institute's web page here.  And be sure to watch for media stories of interest to families with older loved ones and friends.

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