Keeping seniors connected to community resourcesSenior Connections held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at Vintage Italian Pizza in Superior on May 14.
Senior Connections held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at Vintage Italian Pizza in Superior on May 14.
The event was held to recognize agency volunteers that generously give their time throughout the year, helping with agency programs.
In 2011, volunteers from Senior Connections donated 9,205 hours, time valued at $163,765. Way to go volunteers.
Senior Connections would like to extend an invitation to caregivers to attend “Caregivers Conversations,” a monthly group that meets 1-2 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave.
The next scheduled meeting is June 20. The group sponsored by Senior Connections, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Aging and Disability Resource Center, provides caregivers support, information on local resources and programs, and strategies to cope with the challenges and complexities of caregiving.
Senior Connections Specialized Transportation, which provides curb-to-curb service to Douglas County residents age 60 and older, people of age with medical disabilities, provided 2,230 rides from January to March. These rides were for medical appointments, employment, nutrition purposes, and education, social and other rides. If you would like to use this service, call Liz Quigley to schedule transportation or get more information.
Senior Connections Loan Closet, located in the Senior Center, 1527 Tower Ave., is open 2-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Senior Connections would like to thank those in the community who have made donations of equipment to the Loan Closet. Without your support, we would not be able to offer to lend medical devices such as canes, crutches, wheel chairs, walkers, shower benches, commodes, and toilet seat risers at no cost. Just return the items to the Loan Closet when you are finished with them. The only requirement of the program is that you are a resident of Douglas County. In the first quarter of this year, the Loan Closet loaned out equipment to 61 people in need of these items.
On Thursdays throughout the summer, Senior Connections office staff will be visiting the congregate meal sites, and joining participants for lunch. Why not give your local congregate meal site a try and come visit with the staff from Senior Connections.
All you need to do is order your meal 24 hours in advance by calling the meal site of your choice. You must be 60 years of age or older, and a $3.50 donation per meal is requested. Visit with staff over a great meal at the Lake Nebagamon Auditorium on May 31; Solon Springs Community Center, June 7; Kro Bar & Grill, Brule, June 14; Gordon Town Hall, June 21; Amnicon Senior Center, June 28; Northland Community Center, Dairyland, (715) 244-3354, July 19; Phoenix Villa, 1001 Clough Ave., July 26; Holy Assumption, 5601 Tower Ave., Aug. 2; and Senior Center, 1527 Tower Ave., Aug. 9.
Senior Connections would like to remind everybody that on Monday, May 28 the agency will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no services available that day. For more information about Senior Connections programs, call (715) 394-3611 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.