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To Our Community and Friends:

I am happy to announce that the senior center is back open for our senior clients to enjoy!  The July grand re-opening was like a wonderful family reunion for staff and clients alike.

Our programming is fully operating with breakfast, activities and lunch service. We would be happy to host volunteers, groups who would like to sponsor an activity.

Meals on Wheels remains functioning as normal- still serving a hot meal each weekday to clients in need.  Today we are serving more than 700 meals a day!

Because of the increased number of meals being served- the need for volunteers is great.

We have built several new volunteer routes. Volunteers will be asked to complete a quick training and be willing to commit to one day a week.

The hours for this opportunity are 9;30am- Noon.  Routes take about 2-3 hours total.  Food can be picked up from our downtown location or our North Charleston site at Azalea Drive Church of Christ.

Sign-up HERE

Thank you again for your support!

Donna Cook Executive Director

P.S. Check out our monthly calendars  HERE

CASC Updates

Important CASC Updates

  • Our emergency food pantry is still open Tuesday and Wednesday 1-3:00pm.  We are in need of food donations to replenish our pantry- food drives are crucial to our ability to serve clients in need.
  • Meals on Wheels is running as normal.  Donations to purchase extra meals are appreciated.
  • We are now accepting volunteers for all programs!

Try this new FREE Senior Website to Connect to Loved Ones

With seniors around the country facing isolation during COVID-19 lockdowns, the Birdsong Tablet, a senior focused tablet, is available in a FREE WEB VERSION accessible with only a web browser helping keep seniors connected to family and engaged during the pandemic.

Birdsong features include: 
  • No-phone-needed video chat helping seniors connect with loved ones visually
  • Senior-friendly TV, movie and music ranging from Jack Benny, Milton Berle and Beverly Hillbillies episodes to songbooks to Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby greatest hits
  • Word games such as Boggle, Hangman and crosswords as well as card games, number games, memory games, puzzles and trivia
  • Travelogues, virtual museum tours, TED Talks and other educational content
  • Spirituality resources for the major world religions

Both the tablet and web version are designed for those with limited technology experience and/or physical or cognitive limitations, including large picture-based icons and large font sizes.

Excerpted from Senior News

Medicare enrollees have a decision to make:

Choose pay-per-service health insurance under original Medicare or become a member of an MA plan that gets paid a lump sum by the federal government to provide all your care.

In 2005, 13 percent of enrollees chose the MA option, and the growth has been steady ever since; enrollment in Advantage plans rose 10 percent between 2020 and 2021 alone. One reason for this growth is all the extra benefits MA plans provide — but which Congress has not yet allowed original Medicare to offer. For example, many MA plans tout gym benefits plus some dental, vision and hearing care.

And in recent years, government officials have given the plans permission to offer transportation to doctor appointments, modifications to beneficiaries’ homes such as wheelchair ramps, and even carpet cleaning to help people with respiratory problems.

AARP is lobbying Congress to allow original Medicare to offer similar benefits to its enrollees, as is the Center for Medicare Advocacy, which stated in a March report that “there is a growing imbalance between Medicare Advantage and traditional Medicare relating to the scope of coverage.”

from: https://www.seniornewsdaily.com/

Help Us Help Seniors

Meals on Wheels Charleston

DELIVERING SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A MEAL.

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We are guided by a single goal – to support our senior neighbors to extend their independence and health as they age.

That goal also extends to the dozens of volunteers who work with us. From the kind people who deliver the meals and meet with our clients, to the dedicated cooks in our kitchen—we are all one caring community.

Meals on Wheels of Charleston is a community-based program designed specifically to meet the nutritional and social needs of seniors.

MEALS ON WHEELS  CHARLESTON DEPENDS ON YOU! Read more

Living Longer, Healthier, and Happier!

Tips to manage stress and anxiety

by Carol Marak*

If you’re feeling anxious and stressed over the recent adversity and hard times, I feel you. Thousands of Americans are in the same boat. You are not alone.

Whether you’re worried about the unsettled economy, your job, or the “not so peaceful” protests, each of these are disturbing. If ignored, they can affect your mental and physical health.

Tips to Manage Stress

Practice Meditation or Prayer – Sit and breathe deeply for a minute or two. Then visualize white light or a sense of goodness flowing through your body and into each of your cells while continuing the deep breathing. Do this for at least 10 minutes. At the end send your love and peace out to the world.

Exercise – Walk outside for at least 30 minutes a day. Being outside in nature helps me stay healthy and releases negative thoughts and tension. Fresh air is good for the body.

Eat Nutritious Foods – Diet is so important when mitigating stress. Add more vegetables, fruit, legumes and healthy snacks and less sugar and meats. High levels of sugar and carbohydrates can raise your stress level and play havoc on the immune system.

Take a Break from the News – The latest news can throw your stress in a tizzy. So, don’t tune in all day. Go outside and look at greenery and flowers.

Journaling – My favorite way to rid my stress is to record my feelings and to write about my confusion, frustration, and anger. With everything that’s happening, it’s easy to feel anxious or confused. However, there is always something to be grateful for. I end my morning “pages” with gratitude. I write three uplifting things that happened that morning or the day before. This helps change my perspective and reminds me where I need to put my energy.

Talk with a Friend – Just talking to someone about how you feel can be helpful. Talking distracts me from my stressful thoughts and releases built-up tension by discussing it. Having constant tension clouds my judgement and can prevent me from seeing things clearly. Talk things out with a friend, or a trained professional. You will find solutions to cope with stress and put your problems into perspective.

  • Carol Marak, aging advocate, and editor at Seniorcare.com. She’s earned a Certificate in the Fundamentals of Gerontology from UC Davis, School of Gerontology
  • Excerpted from https://seniornews.com/tips-to-manage-stress-and-anxiety/

SOME OF OUR PROGRAMS!

Ansonborough House

Located In the heart of the Historic District in downtown Charleston

Community Support Services

Links to all local and state agencies for senior adults

Emergency Food Services

There is great need in the Charleston area for our senior population.

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