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 The Director’s Corner 

“What do you need? How can we help?”

I hear these questions so often while out in the community. The answer is we sure can use your help! Here are some examples:

Helping each other

Meals on Wheels

Our Meals on Wheels program is delivering more meals than we ever have- over 700 a day.  That is fabulous! True- but growth brings growing pains.  Everything costs more now- food, gas and staff. Our staff and vehicles are completely booked.  All of our drivers are senior citizens themselves and are unable to tolerate more hours.

How can you help?

  1. Sign up to deliver a route.  We REALLY need volunteers willing to seriously commit to one day a week.  Many of our long time volunteers are burnt out or truly retiring and we need new, fresh volunteers to step up! Dedicated volunteers relieve the pressure on our paid drivers and allow us to continue the mission.
  2. Do you have an older vehicle you no longer use? Consider donating it to us- the donation is tax deductible and we could certainly use it!  Our agency leases vehicles from State Fleet to deliver meals.  As you know- there is a vehicle shortage. State Fleet doesn’t have vehicles for us to add.  Your donation would be much appreciated!
  3. Volunteer for morning food prep. The shift runs from 7:30-9:30am each weekday. Many hands make light work – as my Mama always said!
  4. To volunteer or donate, click here 

Senior Activities Programs

Yes, please

We need your help

The senior center clients are enjoying breakfast, lunch, and activities each weekday.  Our numbers continue to grow. Pre-COVID we had 40 clients who came every day. When we first opening last year we had 25- now we are back to over 30 clients. Again- fantastic news!

How can you help?

  1. We need volunteers willing to lead an exercise class once a week- or even once a month. Classes are held between 10am and 11am at our downtown location. Classes run 30 minutes and are modified to be seated as our clients are unable to do standing exercise.  We would love to talk to you about your skills!
  2. Volunteers who are willing to share their knowledge on a variety of subjects.  We strive to “maintain the brain”.   Would you or your office be willing to do a short presentation?
  3. Make an online donation to help pay for instructors for classes and food.

The Emergency Food Pantry

and the sun shines

The emergency food pantry is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-3pm.   Pre- Covid most of our food was obtained through the Low Country Food Bank. However, with food shortages across the nation- grocery stores don’t have as much overstock to donate back to the community.  We have become more and more reliant on grant funding to purchase food and community food drives.

How can you help?

  1. Could your office, church or civic group hold a food drive to support the food pantry? We are happy to pick up donations.
  2. We do maintain an Amazon shopping list- it’s super easy to have items shipped straight to us.
  3. Donations can also be made online anytime.

PS

Donna Cook

Blessed does not begin to describe how I feel each day when coming to work…so often a “job” is a bad word.  I know that I am where I am supposed to be serving in this world.

Thank you for supporting our mission and allowing me to lead this super team during the crazy pandemic years!

 

Donna Cook, Executive Director | Charleston Area Seniors

 

CASC Updates

Meals on Wheels (MOW)

THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT NUTRITION PROGRAM TURNS 50

Each year, the March for Meals celebration commemorates the historic day in March of 1972 when President Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 to include a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older. This legislation supported the rapid growth of the nationwide network of senior nutrition programs – commonly referred to as Meals on Wheels – that collectively served more than 223 million meals to over 2.4 million seniors prior to the pandemic.

Join us in celebrating and help show your support through volunteering, donating and speaking out – to ensure we are able to deliver for another 50 years.

Excerpted from: https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/

Learn About Podcasts! FREE!

Date & Time

Monday August 1, 2022
10:30AM ET / 9:30AM CT / 8:30AM MT / 7:30AM PT

Location

Online / By Phone

Description

Podcasts are an increasingly popular form of entertainment and a great source of information on all kinds of topics. In this lecture, you’ll learn more about these audio programs available on the internet: why people listen to them, where you can find them, and what the most popular ones are.

Click or tap to join this class by Zoom:

Meeting ID: 879 6033 1639

Need help joining by Zoom? English instructions / Spanish instructions

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Seniors could soon see more money in their Social Security checks!

Lower Medicare premiums may also be on the way

Could the Social Security Administration (SSA) raise monthly Social Security checks to help seniors cushion the blow of inflation’s 40-year high? The Senior Citizens League says it’s highly possible based on a trusted running estimate for next year’s Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).

If an increase occurs, the average retiree would see their SSA benefit of $1,668 grow by $175.10 – about 10.5% – per month, which is much better than originally expected. A separate 2023 COLA estimate from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget predicted a 10.8% increase.

Medicare premiums may soon head lower

According to The Senior Citizens League, financial conditions for seniors have been deteriorating in recent years. The group estimates that SSA benefits recipients have lost 40% of their buying power since 2000.

Luckily, CNN reports that seniors might soon get a break when it comes to Medicare premiums. Earlier this year, older consumers were forced to deal with a 14.5% spike in Part B premiums, a move that raised monthly payments for those in the lowest income bracket from $148.10 to $170.10 per month. That increase was largely due to a big jump in the price for Aduhelm, a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

 The good news for seniors is that this adjustment will likely lower 2023 premiums.

A final decision on that is expected to come this fall. 

Excerpted from: https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/social-security-benefits-buy-33-percent-less-since-2000-052019.html

Exercise in later life may slow the effects of aging, study finds

Experts have identified another benefit associated with an active lifestyle

A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Arkansas explored some of the benefits associated with exercising in later life.

According to their findings, exercising into older age may help consumers stay young. Their work showed that regular physical activity can have a positive effect on the aging process from a cellular level.

“There are functional benefits to exercise in muscle, even when performed late in life, but the contributions of epigenetic factors to late-life exercise adaptation are poorly defined,” the researchers wrote. “These data provide a molecular basis for exercise as a therapy to attenuate skeletal muscle aging.

Though the study was conducted on mice, the researchers believe the findings also hold up for humans. They hope the message is especially clear for older consumers who don’t exercise frequently: it’s never too late to start.

Adopting an exercise routine, even at an older age, can have long-term benefits on the biological aging process. 

Read entire article by Kristen Dalli https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/exercise-in-later-life-may-slow-the-effects-of-aging-study-finds-012422.html

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