Help ASTS Purchase A New Van to Safely Transport Seniors In Our Community!
by Amherst Senior Transportation Services, Inc.
Amherst Senior Transportation Service (ASTS) is committed to providing a special system of transportation to enhance the quality of life and promote the independence of Amherst residents, 55 years of age and older. Your donation will help us safely transport seniors with an updated fleet which is the costliest and most valuable hard asset of our organization. In March of 2016 a donation contributed toward the purchase of a brand new vehicle. Over a period of 7 months, that vehicle logged 20,000 miles which included more than 3,000 trips to medical appointments and grocery stores for seniors who would otherwise be unable to get out in the community.
Thank you for supporting this often overlooked but very necessary nonprofit transportation service!
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.
ITN SunCoast's Road Scholar Program - More Than Just a Ride!
by ITN SunCoast
iTNSunCoast 's Road Scholar program provides low and moderate income seniors (60 years of age and above) and adults with vision limitations (18 years of age and over) with rides for any purpose at any time on any day to anywhere within our service area. The Road Scholar program provides rides to qualifying individuals at a cost that is significantly less than our regular charge. We also waive the annual iTNSunCoast membership fee. Additional benefits to Road Scholar Program participants include improved physical, mental and emotional wellbeing due to access to transportation that allows riders to get out of the house and do the things they need and want to do. They can more easily and predictably go to doctors' appointments, do grocery shopping, attend exercise classes and visit with friends, for example. This is particularly the case for older people living on limited incomes who are often housebound and socially isolated. In addition, the social component of our service is for some of our riders as or more important than the transportation itself. Friendships develop between riders and drivers as well as our riders and our office staff. To many of our riders, we become members of their extended family.
Currently 1 out of every 3 seniors in Washington State have some form of dementia. Many of these people are being cared for by loved ones at home. The amount of hours spent giving care is staggering; this often leads to increased risk to the care giver due to the stresses of caring for their loved one.
The Alzheimer Society of Washington (ASW) currently hosts 25 support groups each month. These support groups offer peer support, education and care giving tips and stress the importance of making sure the care givers take time to care for themselves. Our groups are designed to give care givers a safe and welcoming environment where they can discuss anything and get the support they need to continue to give the best care they can to their loved one.
Unfortunately, even though we offer 25 groups a month, it is not enough to give the support our community needs. As the population of people living with dementia continues to grow and the costs of long term care continue to rise, more and more families are keeping their loved ones home for a longer period of time. These factors are contributing to our groups are beginning to get overcrowded. In order to continue serving our families at a high level, we desperately need to start more more groups. However, our current resources are stretched to capacity.
Our need is clear: We need more support groups and more people to facilitate them. Our goal is to start an additional FIVE support groups within the next year. In order to do this, we need to develop a robust training program and identify facilitators for them. In order to do this we will need funding to create the training program, including training materials, train new facilitators and establish a quality control mechanism to ensure that all new groups are being facilitated in a manner conducive to our ASW's mission.