Boating & Fishing for Seniors, Veterans, and People with Disabilities
by Live Well. Go Fish.
We serve seniors from all levels of senior living: retirement, independent and assisted, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation hospitals, memory care, and hospice, and a large number of our guests depend on mobility aids such as walkers, canes, and wheelchairs.
We utilize a custom designed, wheelchair accessible, 14-passenger pontoon boat that accommodates up to three wheelchairs at a time, making it possible for people of varying levels of disability to safely experience activities they may otherwise not have access to: fishing, bird watching, kite flying, singing, laughing, and making new memories in the company of new and familiar faces, while cruising on a lake in the fresh air and sunshine.
With funding from GIVE65, we'll be able to continue to provide opportunities for people to be outdoors enjoying nature in ways that, until this past year, have not been available in the Lincoln area.
We provide life vests, fishing bait and tackle, kites, music, binoculars, and drinking water for our guests. We have a wonderful team of caring volunteer Captains and First Mates who assist our guests, and make sure they enjoy every moment of their trip.
Lake Wanahoo is a beautiful, 5 mph lake with accessible facilities and great fishing. This is our primary location for serving, as it enables us to serve guests from Omaha, Lincoln, Fremont, and nearby communities. We've had very enthusiastic participation from all of these communities.
Our regularly scheduled 2-hour cruises occur during the day Monday-Thursday, May-September, while evenings and weekends are reserved for special gatherings for hospice patient families, giving them a final memory with their loved one to share.
According to Temple University, "People recovering from physical injuries or adapting to disabilities stay healthier longer when they are physically and socially active. Older adults maintain a sharper mind and a higher level of social involvement when they recreate."
Those serving our seniors understand the value of providing opportunities to experience healthy, fun, interesting activities, to be socially engaged, and to help them live and enjoy life to the fullest.
The activities we offer are intended to enhance the lives of our guests:
• Celebrate, honor, and show appreciation for our seniors and veterans.
• Remove accessibility barriers to outdoor activities, and make these activities available to those who would otherwise not have access, means, opportunity, or ability to participate.
• To help people of all ages with varying levels of disability experience healthy, therapeutic, fun activities such as: fishing, bird watching, kite flying, singing, and making new memories in the company of new and familiar faces, while cruising on a lake in the fresh air and sunshine.
• Create new pleasant memories to relive, treasure, and share
• Build relationships, mentorships, sense of purpose, self-worth, and community volunteerism.
• Provide opportunities to experience something new, or enjoy old pastimes
• Bring smiles, laughter, and a greater sense of well-being
• Enhance emotional, physical, and mental/cognitive health
Last year, our wonderful team of volunteer captains and first mates served nearly 1,000 guests in our first season, and we look forward to serving many more this year! We invite you get to know us better by trolling around our Facebook page: facebook.com/livewellgofish, and our website: livewellgofish.org, or by dropping David Ruder a line: 402.802.7768 or email@example.com
Many older adults in Talbot County can no longer drive and require public transportation to get to doctor's appointments. The Brookletts Place Talbot County Senior Center Bus Pass Program currently provides monthly bus passes to residents of Talbot County who require ongoing transportation to either the senior center, medical appointments or shopping. Participants must use the pass at least nine (9) times per month to remain eligible for the program.
Hospice of the Conejo is the only organization in south/eastern Ventura County to provide long-term, therapist-led grief support, guidance, and counseling to seniors completely FREE OF CHARGE. The loss of someone or something significant in ones' life can adversely impact their physical and emotional health. There is a fine line between grief and clinical depression and many people need professional help to get through the grieving process. Our clients receive professional support that allows them to heal from the adverse emotional and physical affects that are presented by grief.
Hospice of the Conejo is starting a Newly Bereaved Senior support group in 2018. This support group will not only provide grief counseling but will also provide an independent-living curriculum to help seniors learn to take care of household duties on their own, as many are used to their spouse handling items like paying bills, writing checks, grocery shopping, 'surfing' the web.
Your support will help seniors recover from the debilitating affect caused by grief and move positively forward with their lives.
We provide assistance and aid families, homeless individuals, and children with; emergency food pantry, summer lunches and after school snacks, hot meals delivered to homebound seniors, congregate hot meals served to seniors, community free food distribution site, host site for senior job training program, provides host site for federal food distribution to seniors, and free community events.
We provide cooked meals to seniors in two programs: Seasoned with Love Hot Meals and Heaven on Wheels. Seasoned with Love Hot Meals, serves congregate cooked meals weekly to seniors, at no cost. Heaven on Wheels delivers hot meals weekly to homebound seniors at no cost. We are committed to provide nutritious meals, and produce to seniors, food items that they can't afford or able to travel to purchase.
We partner with Kitchens for Good, a 501(c)(3) and social enterprise with the mission to break the cycles of food waste, hunger, and poverty through innovate solutions in workforce training, healthy food production, and social enterprise. Kitchens for Good bridges the gap between wasted food and hunger by reusing surplus and cosmetically imperfect food from wholesalers and farmers and engaging students in a culinary apprenticeship program to transform these ingredients into nutritious meals for hungry families.