Reimagine Aging News: December 2015

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Thank you for supporting Senior Community Services' vital mission to help older adults and their caregivers maintain independence.

 

Please remember us with a year-end gift.

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

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

Be a Befriender and Ease Senior Loneliness and Isolation During the Holidays

The senior advocate and her legal advisor stood silent in Winifred's small bedroom. The elderly resident, recently deceased, had bequeathed her modest house to the senior organization she dearly loved.
 
Winifred had lived alone for years, with no relatives in town. Her main social contacts had been the postal carrier and cable guy. She was lonely and isolated, and felt its caustic grip on her soul. Despair seemed to be her most frequent companion.
 
Then, Winifred discovered the senior program that became the cornerstone of her life. She felt joy again. Rather than waiting to die, she began to live again. She loved the trips, the activities, and the many friends she made in the final few years of her life.
 
Now, standing in her small bedroom, the senior advocate and legal advisor looked beyond Winifred's simple bed and dresser. The elderly woman had few possessions, and most of the walls were bare. But, their eyes were drawn to one bedroom wall, literally covered with the name tags the woman had worn at the many senior events she'd attended over the years. Her 'wall of joy' had been the last thing Winifred saw at bedtime and the first thing she saw in the morning.
 
Eyes glistened with tears as the visitors realized the importance of their senior program for this dear, sweet woman. 

Enduring Life or Enjoying It?
Isolation and loneliness comprise a terrible truth for thousands of Minnesota seniors. The lack of social interaction scars what should be the 'golden years,' a relaxing time to enjoy engaging activities with friends and loved ones. According to one study, ten percent of seniors described themselves as often or always lonely. Four in ten said their pet or television was their main form of company. Their circumstance makes them more vulnerable to sickness and disease. Depression among seniors is widespread and most often occurs in context with physical and psychosocial problems that beset this population.
 
Be a Befriender
This holiday season, I encourage you to befriend an older adult. It may be someone from down the block, a senior you know at church, or a relative you see infrequently due to a busy schedule. A conversation or visit with him or her will offer clues to their well-being status. Be an encourager and help them to connect with a nearby senior center. Your simple kindness may be the first step to a healthier, more vital and joyful life for them.

Senior centers, found throughout Minnesota, accommodate seniors who want to fellowship with friends, dine together, play cards, enjoy book clubs, and take trips to shop or attend museums and ballgames. Senior Community Services operates or partners with senior centers in Delano, Minnetonka, Monticello, Mound, St. Michael, and Wayzata. For Greater Minnesota seniors, your Yellow Pages will direct you to a senior program near you, or check with any church or retirement community for guidance.

You can help strengthen our communities by extending an old-fashioned sense of neighborliness, checking on and befriending the older adults and neighbors around you. And what a great idea for a New Year's resolution.
 
Together, let's Reimagine Aging and ensure happier, more meaningful, lives for our oldest loved ones and friends so they feel welcomed, loved, and encouraged. 

Sincerely,

Deb Taylor
Chief Executive Officer



Know someone with home maintenance needs? 

 

Give them the gift of HOME this holiday season. 

HOME store.


"Without Senior Community Services, it would have been impossible to stay in my home for the last 10 years." 
 

- Beverly, HOME client

At age 73, Beverly, a Brooklyn Park resident, is full of gratitude for the help she's received from Senior Community Services. "I have been blessed by your wonderful program in so many ways. Without Senior Community Services, it would have been impossible to stay in my home for the last 10 years," she says.
 
To maintain her independence at home, Beverly relies upon the Household and Outside Maintenance for Elderly (HOME) program. For her, it's a lifesaver. "You've done exterior and interior painting, lawn mowing, leaf raking, snow shoveling, and performed many handyman repairs. I cannot say enough about your orderly, well-managed program.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
 
For more information on the Household & Outside Maintenance for Elderly program please visit www.seniorcommunity.org or call 952-746-4046. 



"Everybody needs support and I was raised to share with others." 

 

- Terri Urbaniak

Terri Urbaniak's parents taught her the value of the dollar and how it can be a tool for good. "Everybody needs support and I was raised to share with others," she explains.
 
The Twin Cities employee benefits specialist supports Senior Community Service because, as a board member and volunteer, she sees the stewardship and excellence up close. "It's a great organization and staff who work hard to put services out there to help seniors and caregivers. And we have a top notch board with 22 diverse members," she adds.
 
She says charitable giving is a powerful driver for successful nonprofits."People need to know that every gift counts, regardless of amount. There is power in small gifts that add up, and it's put to very good use."
 
Terri has served on the Senior Community Services board for nearly five years, and she also serves as a volunteer Medicare Counselor. Thank you Terri for all you do!
 
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.

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.


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.

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.

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