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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)

PROGRAMS SERVING MORE MEALS THAN EVER BEFORE TO KEEP UP WITH DEMAND

During the pandemic, we sent $31.3 million directly to the frontlines. That’s more than 1,000 grants to support 628 local communities.

 

Our impact spanned the nation and went into the communities that needed it most. Thanks to our generous donors, we’ve been able to provide healthy meals, social contact and a watchful eye for millions of seniors.

 

But, our work has just begun. We still need to safely serve seniors in need through the end of the pandemic and long into the future.

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

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Q: How do I increase the font size on my iPhone?

A: The Settings app is where you can increase or decrease the font size, and access all accessibility features that an iPhone or any smartphone including tablets allows users to access.

  • On iPhone: Open the Settings app > Accessibility > Display & Text Size > Larger Text. Then, use the slider tool to increase or decrease the font size.
  • On Android devices: Open the Settings app > Accessibility > Text & Display > Font Size. Then, use the slider to choose your desired font size.

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Drink Your Water!

Yum!

Our bodies are over seventy percent water, so the importance of drinking enough H2O goes far beyond cooling down on a hot day or quenching your thirst. The human body needs to be properly hydrated to function.

Not enough water can affect things like muscle function, joint and brain protection, immune health, digestion and even mood. 6 Important Reasons to Keep Hydrated this Summer
Here are just a few reasons it’s important to get your eight* glasses of water a day!

  1. Keep Bladder and Kidneys Healthy –
    Because water helps to flush out any unwanted microbes, well hydrated people have fewer bladder or kidney infections.
  2. Weight Control –
    Drinking water instead of soda or sugary juices helps eliminate empty calories from your diet.
  3. The (Drinking) Fountain of Youth –
    Keeping hydrated helps ensure that your skin keeps elastic, that it can properly rid itself of toxins, lessening your risk of conditions like dermatitis, aging skin and infection.
  4. Maintaining Energy Levels –
    Water is essential to the biological processes that turn food and stored fat into energy. If there isn’t enough water to make that happen, lethargy and sleepiness can follow.
  5. Mood Enhancement –
    Feeling a little grumpy? Make sure you’ve had enough water, since it aids in body regulation and brain function, which is related to balancing mood and emotions.
  6. Keeping on the Move –
    Most of the padding in cartilage is made up of water, so if we don’t drink enough of it, our bones will feel stiff and our joints sore. Getting enough water also helps joints bounce back faster after workouts, and expedites healing of injuries.

* Your water needs may vary — please ask your doctor about your optimal water intake. Excerpted from: Senior News

Seniors Caring for Elderly Parents

As life expectancy increases, it is more common than ever to find senior citizens who have elderly parents. Ideally, parents remain able to take care of themselves in their own homes. But, it is also true that many senior citizens find themselves either helping care for their elderly parent or choosing a facility that can attend to their needs.

Caring for Your Elderly Parent

For some senior citizens who have elderly parents, the care needed is primarily social. If their parent is able to take care of their own day-to-day needs, care might be a bit of help with errands and appointments or a simple meal together time and again.

But if your elderly parent’s health declines, you may find they are in need of more support over time. In this instance, if you decide to care for your elderly parent yourself, in your own home, be sure you have the right support systems in place. All day, every day, is a lot for one individual. Talk to other family members to see if they can help out. Or, even if you don’t have the resources for full-time help, there could be a part-time hire that would alleviate your stress.

The Caregiving Relationship

When you are in a caregiver and care recipient relationship, there can be pitfalls. Children and parents often have patterns in place. For some parents, they expect to make all of the household decisions and are unable to relinquish that control. For others, it is criticizing the choices of their adult children. If you are in a situation where an aging parent with declining health continues to be overly critical, it can be incredibly difficult to establish new patterns.

If you are taking care of a loved one and they seem to desire control over you and the household, seek help. Talking through issues, and finding ways to set boundaries, can turn around a difficult relationship. Establish what is essential for your own mental and physical health.

Deciding on a Care Facility

Sometimes, a family decides the best option is for an aging parent to move to a facility. There are steps to making this transition easier for senior citizens who have elderly parents.

Although getting the process started can be awkward, you might find everyone is happier once you find a center. First, get the individual who is moving to a center involved. Let them have a say in the decision because it will be their home, not yours. That said, be sure the nursing home or senior center chosen is fiscally responsible. Look into what insurance will cover and if other benefits are applicable, such as veterans’ benefits.

If you are one of the many senior citizens who have elderly parents, know you are not alone. And if you find yourself experiencing stress, anxiety, or depression, there is help. Reach out today.

Excerpted from Senior News

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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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