In 1979, Friendship Program opened its doors to begin providing Adult Day Services to older adults in the North Omaha area. Since that time the program has grown into the largest Adult Day Services program in Nebraska, grown to provide services throughout the Omaha metro, and was the first CARF Accredited Adult Day Service program in Nebraska.
This year as part of Give65! we are raising funds to makeover the program area. Environment plays an important role in encouraging recovery and well-being. Simple changes such as improved couches and recliners, as well as new paint and chairs, can make a participant want to engage more in groups and the program. Plan on supporting our agency with your donation and helping us create a new, comfortable, clean, and stimulating environment for our participants!
Classes, Seminars, Activities and Events for Seniors
by Heritage Place of Indianapolis, Inc.
As a grass-roots organization serving only older adults in the northern ½ of Marion County,Indianapolis, IN, we recognize the value of continually telling the story of the difficulties many older adults face in their everyday lives. Older adults are a hidden population. We welcome the opportunity to participate in the GIVE65 Event as together we help the community better understand the value, needs and concerns of older adults.
Heritage Place recognizes that socially isolated older adults are at high risk for poor health and for poor physical, mental, emotional and social functioning. We understand that the provision of senior-friendly, center-based social and recreational services is a way to ensure that the basic social needs of vulnerable older adults are met. To prevent social isolation for at-risk older adults who live alone, we plan to expand our capacity by creating additional senior-friendly classes, activities, seminars and events in our Senior Center Program. This increase in our capacity will offer additional opportunities for social interaction for older adults.
Bridges is requesting support for our Adult Education & Outreach programming which offers a variety of programs, including ASL classes in three levels; workshops and trainings on Deaf language, Deaf culture, and working with the Deaf and hard of hearing communities, assistive device trainings, and employer orientations; special trainings for first responders. Adult Education & Outreach also hosts Community Building programs such as Game Days and field trips for Deaf and hard of hearing adults and is working to develop a Deaf mentor program in conjunction with our youth program. Games Days and community outings provide our senior clients with important opportunities for engagement with their community and each other!
Under Adult Education & Outreach, Bridges also offers LivingWell, our fitness center with classes and personal trainers fully accessible to the Deaf and hard of hearing, as well as a series of educational presentations, workshops, physical fitness assessments, classes, consultations, and social gatherings.
Empowerment & Advocacy, a critical piece of Adult Education & Outreach, provides services such as education advocacy, job training and placement assistance, self-advocacy support, housing, healthcare access, resource referral, and much more. Empowerment & Advocacy also hosts a series of educational workshops and events such as Domestic Violence, Legal Rights, Living Wills, VITA (tax prep assistance), etc.
Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing hopes to serve at least 150 clients through our Empowerment & Advocacy program during FY 2018. LivingWell | Fitness center will serve 90 individual clients and most will meet at least one mutually-determined fitness goals.
End-of-life Care Resource Directory - Bridging those in need with end-of-life care and support.
by End With Care
Locating and accessing end-of-life care can be extremely difficult, especially at such an emotionally charged and stressful time. And the need to find and coordinate care affect increasing numbers each year. End With Care is a resource for individuals, families, friends and caregiver who are in need of care and support in the final stage of life. Through our free, public website, we offer those audiences educational information and tools to find much needed resources within Massachusetts, such as counseling, support groups, hospice and palliative care, spiritual services, and in-home assistance.
Donations made through GIVE65 will help us enhance our resource, expand our provider database, promote our offerings through community outreach and education, and create a printed version of our Resource Directory to help under-served and elderly populations who might not have the technology, access to the internet, or the basic computer skills to benefit from our website. If you or someone you know is in need of care or support in Massachusetts, End With Care's easy-to-use structure and depth of information delivers an exceptionally valuable and much needed end of life resource.