Help Those Who Provide Care Through GiveBig, May 6
A daughter contacted Senior Service’s Caregiver Support program, expressing concerns about her parents. Her mother’s memory loss was showing more and her care needs had increased. The daughter was becoming worried about the effect on her dad, the primary caregiver. A Caregiver Advocate visited the family to assess the situation. The father noted stress and that he could sometimes “be short” with his wife. The Caregiver Advocate helped arrange counseling to gain insights into his new role as a caregiver and strategies to cope. The advocate also helped to arrange some housework help or the father.
When the advocate returned for a six-month follow-up visit, the assessment survey showed overall improvement. Stress indicators had decreased some while the scoring on the positive aspects of caregiving had significantly increased. Even though his wife’s need for care was harder and more constant, he felt he was coping better. Monthly assistance with housework and errands had removed a great deal of the burden, in terms of home maintenance. The biggest change for the father was how he viewed the situation. Six months prior, he described his role as 50 percent spouse and 50 percent caregiver. He now recognized that his role had shifted and he was more caregiver than spouse, which helped him to change his expectations for his wife. Through his contact with the Caregiver Support Program, he was able to redefine his role and accept his duties with more comfort and ease than he had previously.
Learn more about Senior Services’ Caregiver Support program.
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Aging Your Way 2014 "Community Connections Conference: Moving From I to We."
Would you like to spend a day with 299 other local folks who are building interdependent communities? Do you want to find out how a few local programs have “cracked the code” to form new informal and formal networks that support reciprocity and resiliency? Would you like to join an existing project or start a new one?
Register today for the conference, June 26, 2014 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Learn more and download the flyer.
Do You Know of an Inspiring Senior?
Do you have a mentor, older friend or family member who has inspired you to age well? Nominations must be received by May 2, 2014. Entry forms, rules and past winner information are available here.
Ballard NW Senior Center Dinner Auction a Success
Peggy Sturdivant from the Ballard News Tribune volunteered for the annual fundraiser and recounted her experience for the Ballard News Tribune. According to Center Director Carlye Teel, this year’s $pring for $eniors Auction raised more than $71,000 for the Center.
New Bill Allows Senior Centers to Apply for Liquor Licenses
Governor Jay Inslee signed SB5310 on March 27, 2014, which allows senior centers in the State of Washington to apply of an annual liquor license for activities at the Center. Read more.
Walmart Partners with Senior Services to Ensure No Senior Experiences Hunger
As part of its Washington state giving program, the Walmart Foundation has donated $100,000 to the Senior Services Meals on Wheels program in Washington so they can help to ensure no senior experiences hunger. Read more.
Support Senior Services Just by Shopping with Fred Meyer and Amazon
Did you know that you could link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Senior Services and help Fred Meyer direct contributions to the agency? Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them where to give.
Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Senior Services if you purchase through our AmazonSmile link. Learn more about both programs here
and start making a difference in the lives of older adults and those who care for them today.