Type 2 diabetes - where the body is resistant to the effects of insulin - is a serious health issue for seniors. According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 25 percent of people over the age of 65 have diabetes. This number is expected to rapidly increase in the coming decades.
Many seniors are unaware they are even suffering from this illness until it has severely impacted their health. Yorktown Senior Center wants to help educate seniors on what assistance is available to them and how to manage their illness. Through our Senior Diabetes and Wellness Program, we are able to help seniors understand their illness, what warning signs to look for and what resources are available to help them live with this disease. With funds raised during the GIVE65 Event, we want to expand this 10-week class so all seniors have the opportunity to learn more.
Seniors with diabetes have higher rates of premature death, functional disability and coexisting illnesses, such as hypertension, coronary heart disease, and stroke, compared to those without diabetes. We want to make sure every senior has the right information to make the best decision for themselves so they can live a healthy and plentiful life - even with diabetes.
Since 1971, Progress has served people with intellectual disabilities in the Nashville area. Today, Progress provides care for approximately 300 seniors and people with varying disabilities throughout Nashville and surrounding counties. Progress provides premium non-medical home health services and transportation to seniors, assisting in maximizing and maintaining independence in the comfort and safety of their own home, allowing them to be as independent as possible and age gracefully in place. Our goal is to provide dependable, consistent, high quality care, reducing social isolation and stress. Progress does this by matching our caregiver's experience, skills, and personality to each individual's needs to help ensure a successful relationship. The result is consistent staffing and a high level of client satisfaction. Every Progress caregiver has been thoroughly screened for suitability. Employees complete extensive training and are always certified in First Aid and CPR. To ensure the safest possible workforce, each employee must pass a comprehensive criminal background check and review of their motor vehicle driving record.
In order to continue to expand services and reach more people, Progress is in need of an additional building. We have already raised more than $900,000. We need your help to raise the remaining $100,000!
Please make a gift to Progress so that Progress can continue proving high quality, caring services to seniors and people with disabilities throughout Middle Tennessee.
"My quality of life has improved so much since Jackie has been working with me. She gives me the care I need and helps me with things I can't do for myself. Jackie treats me as if I were one of her own family members. She makes me feel good and always brings me little treats to spoil me. She is great company and I miss her when she is on vacation. My services have been great; she knows what I like and always keeps my care consistent."
This program allows for the organization to pay for trained caregivers to come into the homes of people with Parkinson's disease to provide assistance to the individual with the disease or to offer respite for the family member. This is done on a sliding scale basis and allows low income families or individuals to have access to services they might not otherwise be able to receive. Eligible clients receive up to 20 hours of service a week and may pay as little as $3.00 per hour. The subsidized respite program has been an integral program to many in the Houston area who need relief and help as they face direct challenges to their activities of daily living brought on by Parkinson's disease.