It was once said that, “Aging is not ‘lost youth,’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” The wisdom of this statement is demonstrated well by those seniors who, upon entering this new life stage, actively contribute to their community. Unfortunately, people of all ages often view seniors primarily as passive recipients of community services rather than full participants who also give back. While seniors may in fact need specific services and support, the
Whether crafting, visiting or lending a hand, VITAS volunteers receive more than they give. By Cathy Carlson, VITAS Healthcare General Manager Do you keep something in your house, apartment or condo that reminds you of someone special? A favorite item from your childhood, a keepsake that belonged to a parent or a memento of someone who has died? Many people treasure special items because they bring comfort, stir positive memories and sustain a sense of
Do you keep something in your house, apartment or condo that reminds you of someone special? A favorite item from your childhood, a keepsake that belonged to a parent or a memento of someone who has died? Many people treasure special items because they bring comfort, stir positive memories and sustain a sense of connectedness to loved ones. That’s the idea behind Memory Bears—small, hand-crafted stuffed bears that are created by skilled VITAS Healthcare volunteers.
The USDA defines food insecurity as a state in which “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.” Other ways to think of this can include being hungry, faced by the threat of hunger or struggling to avoid hunger. In the span of 10 years (2001 to 2011), the percentage of older adults experiencing food insecurity increased by 88 percent according to a
Legacy Corps is now available in southwest Idaho! Legacy Corps is an award-winning national service project that provides volunteer-powered caregiver support for veterans and military families. A growing and specialized need for caregiver support exists among veterans and military families. Research indicates that caregivers of veterans report more than twice the emotional stress of caregivers of adults nationally, almost three times the level of physical strain, and almost four times the level of financial hardship.
A small child, ravaged by cancer, needs specialized treatment at a hospital 300 miles away. A senior citizen needs to travel to medical treatment not available at home. A father, separated from his family during a disaster, wants desperately to be reunited. A domestic violence survivor longs to start a new life in another city, but cannot afford to leave. A young burn survivor wants to attend a special camp for other kids who understand