Our GIVE65 area of interest will be the Senior Chill Out, an unfunded program that we rely on community donations to sustain. During the Senior Chill Out, Council on Aging purchases AC units and fans to help vulnerable aging adults in need of relief from the summer's intense heat. Many of our seniors simply cannot afford the higher electric bill, and some no longer have a functioning HVAC system. According to the CDC, complications from heat exhaustion kill more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, floods and earthquakes combined. The elderly are particularly vulnerable to being adversely affected by excessive heat due to slower adjustment of the body to changes in temperature, increased risks associated with other medical conditions and prescription medicines that can impair the body's ability to regulate temperature or inhibit perspiration.
by Housing Opportunities & Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.)
H.O.M.E.'s Moving Program offers seniors support and assistance through one of life's most stressful events-moving from one home to another. Low-income seniors move for many reasons, among them moving to a senior building that better meets their needs as they age, leaving an unhealthy and unsafe environment, or finding a more affordable housing option.
Moves are made much easier for seniors with the help of our coordinator, and in many instances, have the power to change lives. For low-income seniors like Diana, a professional moving company can cost over twice their monthly income. After we helped Diana move, she wrote us this note:
"I would like to express my deepest gratitude and thanks to you, HOME Org., and Big O Mover. Without your help this move would have been impossible. You literally saved my life! I would not have been able to survive under those conditions much longer with the many health problems I have. I am now able to have basic necessities like heat and hot water to bathe. I don't have to inhale mold and mildew anymore or worry about the ceiling falling in on my head. I did something in my new apartment that I have not done in a while, I wash my hair. With that said, you and the HOME Org is truly a God sent and blessing. You help make my burden light and I sincerely thank you. May God return the blessings to you many times over."
Moves for seniors usually are precipitated by a life event- a health event which requires more care, loss of family support, or a financial or housing crisis. Transitions can be one of the most stressful situations seniors face. Older adults who have been in the same home for decades face a bigger challenge; moving is often much more than packing a home, it is packing a lifetime. The physical and emotional stress of a move should not be overlooked. Our Moving Program offers transitional services and support before, during, and after the move to facilitate a physically and emotionally safe relocation experience for each client.
Our Moving Coordinator is a trained case manager who acts as a liaison between seniors and vetted moving companies to provide a physically and emotionally safe and affordable moving experience for low-income seniors moving within the City. There is no other program providing moving assistance to low-income seniors in the City of Chicago, and we often get referrals from the City and other social service agencies requesting this service.
Making a path: guiding rural seniors to help and hope
by Senior Foundation of the Ozarks
Seniors in rural areas of Southwest Missouri are often isolated. Local senior centers reach out and offer food, assistance and guidance to these resilient older Missourians. We believe in what these centers do and we are proud to support them.
From equipment to store home delivered meals to programs that help dedicated staff reach out, we want these senior centers to be able to meet the need in their community.
The money we raise we go to Rural senior centers in Southwest Missouri- helping an under-served, and often forgotten, population.
At San Diego Oasis, we are changing the way older adults think about aging successfully. With people generally living longer, retirement has taken on a different perspective than it has in the past. Older adults are seeking ways to:
- stay savvy and engaged, mentally and socially
- offer meaningful contributions to society
- share their skills and experience for the good of others
- stay in shape physically so that they can enjoy all the opportunities that this season of life offers.
San Diego Oasis offers a solution for each of these aspects of retirement. Offering over 1,800 classes a year throughout all of San Diego County, older adults can feed their curiosity, learn a new skill, express themselves artistically, stay abreast of technology, strengthen their bodies, stay socially connected, and give back to society through our tutoring program.
This time of life, while it may have its challenges, can also be a time to thrive. By supporting and involving yourself in the mission of San Diego Oasis, together we can combat isolation, foster new friendships, challenge our minds, fight sedentary lifestyles, eat healthy and actively take steps to enjoy this time of life to its fullest.
We want every older adult to have a wide variety of opportunities to enjoy a high quality of life. However, it takes a combination of fund-raising and contributions, combined with our program revenue, to continue offering the calibre and variety of classes that you've come to enjoy. Join us as we continue to build and expand our mission of offering older adults ways to age successfully. Every gift, no matter how large or small, makes a difference.