Aging Services is a local nonprofit organization that offers a continuum of services to help older adults remain in their home. Aging Services Mission is to enhance the lives of older adults by providing services and resources to help them remain independent. Services include, but are not limited to, Case Management, Respite, Chore Home Repair, Transportation, Adult Day Health, Referral and Resource Services, and Volunteer Services. Witwer Healthy Aging is a program of Aging Services that is dedicated to helping seniors in our community live happy, healthy, active lives.
Witwer Healthy Aging offers countless activities and programs at over 11 different sites throughout our community to keep seniors engaged in the community. Programs range from social and physical activities to nutrition, education and evidence-based courses and opportunities. Help us to continue to provide these important programs by donating to Aging Services.
Our remarkable Intergenerational Literacy Tutoring Program impacts both our older adult population and the at risk elementary school students they serve by creating a bond between them that goes far beyond tutoring. Informally referred to as the "grandparent effect", the program pairs our older adult members with Title One qualified, at-risk elementary school students to help them improve their reading skills, self-esteem and attitudes toward learning. Each volunteer commits to an entire school year, one-on-one with the same student for one hour each week during the school day. Volunteers are provided an intensive two-day training, monthly follow-up touch-base meetings, and reviews with staff. Program is supervised by paid staff coordinator and two part-time assistants. Currently the program is in 103 schools covering 12 school districts in San Diego County. 550 tutors are working with over 800 students (some volunteers tutor more than one student). Tutors tell us they experience a sense of satisfaction and meaning while serving as an Oasis tutor and have shared that "we need the students as much as they need us". Results have been promising as the average student in the program experiences a 20+ point increase in reading level, with most students reaching peer-level reading skill within the year. With numerous requests to expand the program to additional schools, our fundraising goal is to double the number of schools we serve.
Type 2 diabetes - where the body is resistant to the effects of insulin - is a serious health issue for seniors. According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 25 percent of people over the age of 65 have diabetes. This number is expected to rapidly increase in the coming decades.
Many seniors are unaware they are even suffering from this illness until it has severely impacted their health. Yorktown Senior Center wants to help educate seniors on what assistance is available to them and how to manage their illness. Through our Senior Diabetes and Wellness Program, we are able to help seniors understand their illness, what warning signs to look for and what resources are available to help them live with this disease. With funds raised during the GIVE65 Event, we want to expand this 10-week class so all seniors have the opportunity to learn more.
Seniors with diabetes have higher rates of premature death, functional disability and coexisting illnesses, such as hypertension, coronary heart disease, and stroke, compared to those without diabetes. We want to make sure every senior has the right information to make the best decision for themselves so they can live a healthy and plentiful life - even with diabetes.