Chores that many people take for granted can get harder to accomplish as you age. Some seniors can't get to the grocery store- due to transportation or mobility issues, or they simply don't have a store nearby. The Licking County Aging Program has started a program that picks up seniors from our congregate dining sites, and gets them out in the community to shop for their weekly groceries and other needed items. Staff and Volunteers assist the Seniors with their shopping, and an LCAP vehicle is used as transport. Being able to purchase groceries to prepare home cooked meals helps the Seniors' health, and being able to be out and about and social helps their emotional well being.
This is a first year program that has been successful, but we would like for it to grow, including: adding more routes, subsidized fuel and vehicle maintenance costs, adding a part time staff member, and eventually, another vehicle specifically for the program.
The Merrymakers Association provides live professional music to 141 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.
"The AWI Weight Management Program-An 8-week Challenge to Build the Skills for Long-term Success"
The AWI Weight Management Program will meet once a week, for an hour, for a total of eight weeks. The program will be taught by a Registered Dietitian, who developed the program using a variety of educational and practical weight loss/management techniques specific to older adults. These techniques are proven to increase accountability and change behavior.
While several general weight management programs exist, very few address the special needs of older adults. This includes, but is not limited to the need for additional calcium to strengthen bones and prevent the worsening of Osteoporosis, and the importance of eating a high protein, low carbohydrate diet to manage Type 2 Diabetes. Additionally, carrying around excess weight causes additional joint pain and inflammation.
Many older individuals know what they need to do to be healthy, however key barriers prevent them from making the changes necessary to eat healthy, and lose or maintain their weight. Additionally, the majority of older adults are retired and on a fixed income thereby struggling with how to eat healthy, and cover the high cost of medications and living expenses.
The weekly meetings will consist of a weigh in, food journal review (by the dietitian) and review of a key nutritional concept. Each participant will be issued a food journal to track food and support progress. A different topic will be covered each week and will address shopping and cooking on a budget, eating out, portion sizing, hidden calories, sugars, label reading, and low cost recipe revision. Participants will also be required to attend a booster session with the Dietitian, one month from the course completion date to weigh in and assess progress.
Participants will be incentivized for their attendance and will receive weekly tools to reinforce good nutrition. Incentives will include a workbook, food journal, cookbook, water bottle, tote bag, and weekly food samples.
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.