(Auburn, CA) – For older adults living alone on a fixed income, the inclement weather and cold temperatures of the winter months tend to magnify an already dismal situation. Fixing a loose banister, making a trip to the grocery store or even changing a burned out lightbulb can be overwhelming tasks to an elderly person with limited mobility and skills. For this reason the programs offered by Seniors First, Placer County’s only senior-focused agency, are especially critical at this time of year.
Seniors First’s Senior Nutrition Program educates our area’s elderly citizens on how to purchase and prepare nutritional and affordable meals. Through the program’s Senior Cafes, seniors are afforded socialization and a hot, healthy meal in a comfortable environment regardless of the person’s ability to pay. The Cafes are staffed by friendly volunteers and meals are prepared from fresh ingredients by a local approved provider to ensure they meet nutrition standards for seniors.
Seniors First also offers a home modification and safety repair program that provides a qualified handyman to make minor home repairs for residents who have no other resource. This is part of the full spectrum of services provided by Seniors First to support the desire of most seniors to remain independent and safe.
In 2015 these two programs will be funded in part by a recent $50,000 grant from The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness). Created in 1992 as a private independent foundation, Cal Wellness’ mission is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.
“We are so grateful to the Board of Directors of Cal Wellness and its decision to recognize and support the vital work Seniors First is doing to champion local seniors. Thankfully, this grant will guarantee the comfort of hot meals and necessary home repairs for many of our neediest clients,” commented Seniors First Executive Director Jamee Horning.
Seniors First is always in need of friendly, dedicated volunteers and financial support to underwrite programs and services for Placer County’s older adults and their families. If you or someone you know would like to get involved, please contact Claire Buckley at (530) 889-9500 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of Seniors First is to provide long-term support and services to help Placer County older adults maintain their independence and thrive. Relying on community support and utilizing volunteer efforts, Seniors First provides senior nutrition and meal programs, transportation to daily errands or medical appointments, information and assistance, home modifications and safety repairs, a friendly visitor program for homebound seniors and housing placement assistance.