There is a will!
There is no one-size-fits all fix for Parkinson's Disease. Exercise, however, has been shown to be the most effective tool in a person's arsenal for managing symptoms of Parkinson's Disease. Several specialized exercise classes have been researched and developed to empower people with Parkinson's to stay ahead of their symptoms. Just as Parkinson's Disease affects everyone differently, these exercise classes are tailored to fit the interests of participants. From boxing to ballroom dancing--there is something for everyone!
Nebraska has one of the highest documented prevalence's of Parkinson's Disease in the world! The scope of the population combined with the sheer size of the state present a challenge for meeting the unique needs of Nebraskans living with Parkinson's Disease. Several specialized exercise classes for people with Parkinson's have popped up in urban centers like Omaha, Bellevue, and Lincoln, but fewer options exist in the more rural communities in the Central and Western reaches of the state. Parkinson's Nebraska's "Where There is a Will There is a Way! project is designed to help give these communities access to the research-based programs that they want and deserve!
There is a way!
Nebraska's greatest resource is its people. Because Parkinson's Disease touches so many lives, Nebraska is packed with people who want to help! The cost of specialized training is often an obstacle (for example: it costs $300 for an individual to become certified to teach Delay the Disease). The "WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY!" project utilizes a "train the trainer" outreach-based approach to meet the unique needs of Nebraskans with Parkinson's Disease. The project aims to provide local caring professionals with the training, skills, and resources required to bring quality specialized programming to their home towns. Though it has often been said that "When there is a will there is a way", this project instead emphasizes "Where" to guide its focus on impacting communities where there is a gap in Parkinson's services. Whether a YMCA in Alliance wants to offer a "Delay the Disease" program, a physical therapist in Grand Island wants to help their community fight back against Parkinson's with "Rock Steady Boxing", or a speech therapist in Scottsbluff wants to help embolden their community's voice by offering "Speak Out!"-this project is designed to fill in the gaps with the research based programming that makes the most makes sense for each community.
Helping WHERE it counts!
Funds raised for Parkinson's Nebraska's "WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY" project will be used to provide the specialized training that the caring professionals in communities across our state want and deserve. The beauty of this project lies in its ability to reduce obstacles across the board: for professionals wanting to meet the needs of their local communities, and for those affected by Parkinson's by helping to manage its symptoms, to give hope and relief, and to make life a lot easier.
How it works!
Once a fund is developed, Parkinson's Nebraska will post a "WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY" application on its website for interested parties to apply for funding. A committee from Parkinson's Nebraska's board of directors will determine funding approval. Parkinson's Nebraska is committed to getting "the most bang for its buck" ---and is willing to work with nationally credentialed programs to hopefully negotiate group discounts, and is open to the possibly of hosting a local training event to increase reach while saving costs. Parkinson's Nebraska is investing in the many caring professionals across our state who want to bring research based Parkinson's programming home to their local communities, and is relying on the generosity of its community in the spirit of Giving Tuesday with the amazing opportunity to receive matched funds to find a way to make it happen!
The Merrymakers Association provides live professional music to 140 senior communities throughout Nebraska and in western and central Iowa. Activity directors agree that our monthly performances improve seniors' quality of life, decrease feelings of anxiety and depression, decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation, increase happiness and give a chance to express feelings.
We currently have about 20 facilities on our waiting list. Our goal for #GivingTuesday is to kick off a year of fundraising to tackle that waiting list. Please help us meet our goal of raising funds to bring music to seniors across Nebraska and in western and central Iowa.
Southern Rhode Island Volunteers provides numerous services to the community, including managing local Meals on Wheels programs, managing the only free Washington County-based transportation service to medical appointments for adult populations who are dealing with chronic disease, temporary illness and injury, providing visitation for elders to alleviate their isolation, and managing a Community Emergency Response Team that focuses on disaster and crisis preparedness.
We couldn't do any of this without the support from YOU!
SeniorCare Foundation - Giving Seniors back their Dignity
by SeniorCare Foundation
SeniorCare Foundation goal is to serve seniors in the in the state of Hawaii mainly in and around the city of Honolulu. Our focus are seniors who are below the poverty level who have a gross income less than $30,000 a year. Because of Hawaii's high cost of living, a high percentage of seniors cannot afford even the minimal of in-home care services. This puts responsibility of caring for seniors on their immediate families further causing strain and tension.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau released in June 26, 2016, the elderly population, 65 years and above, accounted for 16.5% of the total population, making Hawaii as having one of the highest senior population in the United States.
With this disproportionately high population of seniors, coupled with the high cost of living, the problem of providing affordable in-home care services has become critical issue. More and more, our seniors are struggling to get by and finding it hard to even afford basic necessities such as food, clothing, toiletries, medicine and medical treatment.
Because of the high cost of care, coupled with the high cost of living in our state, more families are having to forego and outright forfeiting in-home care services for seniors. This is where SeniorCare Foundation can make a difference with seniors and their immediate families.
SeniorCare Foundation's mission is to provide in-home care services to seniors living in and around Honolulu at very affordable rates.
Your generous donation goes to offsetting the high cost of in home care services for seniors. This means that seniors can finally get the care and medical services they need at an affordable and respectable price. This also frees up their family members from some of the stress and responsibilities for caring for them, and can rest assured that their elders are taken cared of by a licensed caregiver.
This is why SeniorCare is why we are asking for $125,000 in donation. Most of the funds goes directly in offsetting the high cost of in home care services and to give them a chance to live out the rest of their lives the way the always wanted to.
With your generous donation you will help alleviate the high cost of in-home care services in Hawaii for some of our seniors. That way they can live out their lives with dignity and integrity.