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Topics: Aging Well
Every May, our nation observes Older Americans Month. This comes from the Administration on Aging, a division in the Federal Government. This years theme of Older Americans Month is "Engage at Every Age" with an emphasis on "you are never too old." The Administration on Aging suggests "to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being." One of the most important parts of physical activity is a healthy diet.
For older Americans, this can be more challenging. As we age, our sense of taste and smell change. We face dental issues like missing teeth, sore gums, or poorly fitting dentures. Saliva production decreases, often making it harder to swallow, and ultimately reducing our appetites.
Adopting a positive attitude can go far in dealing with the changes associated with aging. In fact, according to Kaiser Health News, those who have a positive outlook on aging live 7.5 years longer. Studies show that older adults who hold negative stereotypes about aging tend to walk more slowly, experience memory problems, and recover less fully from a fall or fracture.
As a case manager, you do your best to help your members to live independently. As many as 28 percent of those eligible for home health care turn down these services. By refusing needed services, the odds of being readmitted to the hospital within 30 to 60 days can double.
Finding volunteers is challenging, and the needs of your organization grow every day. Learning how to use community partnerships as a source for volunteers provides a pool of people already invested in your cause: the community.
Here are ways to use community partnerships as a source for volunteers.
March is National Nutrition Month. This year's theme not only encourages healthy eating habits, but urges us to find ways to cut back on food waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home will help you "Go Further with Food," while saving both nutrients and money.
Fundraising can be a challenging task for your senior nonprofit. There are several factors to consider including donor reception, budget, and estimated time commitment. Another factor to consider; is this a small, quick, and easy fundraiser to support an immediate need or is this a long-term, large fundraising event to help fund your nonprofit for an extended period?
Whether it is long-term or short-term fundraising event, it is challenging to think of event ideas, so we compiled a list of fundraising ideas for senior nonprofits. The ideas range from fun, to easy, to more involved.
Is this how you are delivering meals to your seniors?
One of the foremost challenges facing seniors aging in place in rural areas is food safety. In this context, food safety includes satisfactory dietary requirements, reliable food intake, proper food storage, transport, and handling. For seniors to receive proper nutrition, each of these areas must be adequately satisfied. Luckily, home meal delivery services tailored to seniors, like SimpleCook™, make health and nutrition easy and efficient.
The number of aging adults will probably double by 2030. Trends show the aging baby boomer population is growing faster than ever before. The nonprofit organizations working in elder care provide tangible benefits to their community. Most organizations depend on fundraising to carry out these plans.
Fundraising for senior causes must maximize support from donors who recognize the challenges and appreciate the solutions your organization provides. Before spending time brainstorming new ways to raise money, examine your current processes.
Is your organization guilty of any of the following pitfalls of fundraising?
In multiple schools across the United States, students eat their lunch before heading outside for recess. Emerging evidence suggests that scheduling recess before lunch may offer many benefits, including better behavior, less food waste, increased ability to focus, and improved academic achievement.