by Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA)
Participants meet HETRA horses of all sizes from our adorable minis to our astounding drafts. Everyone is always interested in the horses' background story and sharing stores of growing up on farms in days gone by and riding adventures of their own! The horses help participants overcome anxiety and depression, decrease a sense of isolation, and a chance to access the experiences of their past and bring to life the present.
HETRA offers various programs to serve individuals of all ages of various ability levels. 1. Therapeutic Riding is conducted in a group setting and teaches reining and use of aids while incorporating therapeutic benefits such as balance and leg strength. 2. Hippotherapy utilizes the 3-dimensional movement of the horse as the primary therapeutic tool. Goals are therapy directed such as improving balance, coordination, posture, fine motor control, improving articulation and increasing cognitive skills. 3. Therapeutic Carriage Driving combines the knowledge of horses, harnessing, and carriage driving skills using teamwork. Balance, hand eye coordination, and sensory integration are a few of the therapeutic benefits to carriage driving. 4. Equine Services for Veterans is designed to provide opportunities for improvement physically, mentally and socially for military Veterans of any age and type of disability.
This platform would impact the senior population at HETRA in three key areas:
1. Participant in Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies have mental, emotional and physical benefits for the aging population. These equine assisted activities all provide an exercise that increases physical strength, muscle tone, balance, range of motion, hand/eye coordination, along with many other physical benefits. Attendance at the barns benefits a person mentally by keeping people engaged in the community, building relationships in an intergenerational activity and the cognitive processing of complex activities.
2. Enrichment activity for senior living facilities, for examples, tours and grooming activities. These are a recreational, social, and outreach events with a PATH Intl certified instructor leading a "meet and greet".
3. Awareness campaign for active seniors for volunteer opportunities. One of HETRA's greatest assets are the volunteers who dedicate hundreds of hours to our programs. Each year HETRA trains 100 - 150 volunteers to assist with sessions and horse care.
There is currently limited transportation options for seniors in Eagle County who do/can not drive. Eagle Valley Senior Life would like to expand on the current services available by offering rides for seniors to do shopping, go to the post office, and go to local events and activities. Funding will help support the launch of this project and hiring of a coordinator to administer the project.
The goal for Rest A Bit Respite campaign is to reach 10,000 around the country who will open their hearts and pocket books to support this senior caregiver respite grant program. As a caregiver of my own elderly mother, and son who suffers from Huntington's disease, I know how critical it is to have a bit of respite to recharge and rejuvenate. With the help of GIVE65, the ultimate goal is to serve senior caregivers who are needing a bit of respite.
STARS and Momentia at Senior Services for South Sound
by Senior Services for South Sound
Since 1982, the STARS Adult Day Program has helped hundreds of individuals with Alzheimer's, dementia or other cognitive challenges preserve their dignity and avoid living in a nursing home or in isolation.
We know that caring for a loved one can be challenging, especially when you're juggling many other responsibilities. STARS offers a break for you while fostering the well-being and independence of your loved one with a program that promotes their ability to continue to live with purpose.
Participants in our programs enjoy unique educational and recreational programs that challenge their minds, keep bodies moving and lift spirits while developing meaningful friendships in a safe environment.
In 2007, we added Momentia for those who are newly diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's who may not be ready for an Adult Day Care setting. Momentia provides activities and experiences for those with memory loss promoting an active lifestyle and opportunities to stay engaged in the community. Activities include Memory Cafe, Momentia Sing-a-Long, art museum tours, dine out opportunities, nature walks and more.
"It gives us something to look forward to each month." Marty, one of our Momentia friends told us. He and his wife, Ellen, had recently moved to Olympia when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Ellen isn't quite ready to spend her day with new friends at STARS, so attending the Momentia experiences gives Marty and Ellen something to do out in the community together and a chance to network with others who are living with dementia.