11.26.10

Elderly Care in Texas

Posted in Assisted Living, Caregiver, Elder Care, elderly and education, Elderly Care, Nursing home, Senior Citizen at 8:33 pm by admin

Texas is increasingly becoming a popular retirement destination. Elderly care services in Texas are meeting the demand. People of all ages like to live in Texas, and the reasons are fairly obvious. First, Texas is a warm place. Even in the winter time, temperatures are comfortable, and ice and snow–both of which most seniors do not care for–are rare occurrences. In addition, many move to the state because it has one of the lowest living costs in the nation. There is also no state income tax. But mostly, people like to live in Texas because of the culture. The pace of life is relaxed already, and southern manners and hospitality make the state a treasured throwback to simpler times.

With a population of around twenty-five million, Texas is the second largest state in the country. The elderly care business is expansive, including senior housing and senior services that are as broad as Texas itself. Here are a few examples of what you might see with Texas Elderly Care, and a few ways to find a particular service you might be looking for.

Texas Senior Centers

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Senior Centers are an important aspect of elder care for millions of retirees. They are places where elderly people can connect in a variety of ways, where new friendships are formed, and where seniors can find out how to take advantage of a whole host of elderly care services. In Texas, there are senior centers available in virtually every significant metropolitan area. Here is how you can find some of these in the Texas’ biggest cities:

Dallas
Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas-the Senior Source
3910 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas
(214) 823-570

Houston
Senior Citizens Center
2500 Campbell St, Houston, TX 77026
(713) 228-7543

San Antonio
Senior Citizens Ctr Social Service & Welfare Organizations
Address: 6th St & Ave E
(830) 742-8711

Austin
Lamar Senior Ctr Senior Citizens Service
Address: 2874 Shoal Crest Ave
(512) 474-5921

Places for Texas Seniors to be Involved

Many retired seniors find adjusting to life a difficult task because they cannot be idle. They have worked hard their whole life, and when they quite their career, they feel a sense of loss. They miss the feeling of being productive, and they miss being with people. For them, volunteer opportunities are a central part of Texas elder care services. Here are some networks for senior volunteer opportunities in Texas’ largest cities:

Dallas
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
3910 Harry Hines Boulevard
(214) 823-5700

Austin
100 N I H 35
County of Travis: Retired Senior Volunteer Program
(512) 854-7787

San Antonio
Retired Senior Volunteer Program
202 West French Place
(210) 222-0301

Elderly Care Housing in Texas

The most notable type of elderly are is, of course, senior housing. And Texas is full of all types of senior housing.

Texas Elderly Care Housing can be divided up into three primary divisions: Skilled nursing, Assisted Living, and independent living. Patients and residents have very different needs when they choose one of these, and there are many shades of care in each category. Texas skilled nursing homes, for example, are for ill seniors who need around the clock care, or full time rehabilitation. This can include hospital care for seniors as well.

TX Assisted Living, on the other hand, is mostly for seniors who do not need that kind of intensive oversight, but who still need some help with Activities for Daily Living, or ADL’s. This can include anything from doing housework to taking baths to getting dressed in the morning. Seniors at assisted living facilities can get specific care for their specific needs. That way, they can live independently for most things, enjoy living in an active social community, but still be taken care of where the situation calls for it.

Texas Independent Living is for seniors who are ready to retire, but who do not need oversight. Retirement communities let seniors live by themselves, without having the responsibilities of home ownership. They can often get help for all sorts of things like lawn care, housekeeping, etc. Texas Independent Living facilities often resemble resort communities.

Some Texas elderly care communities can combine all three types of care in one. These are known as continuing care communities. Seniors who choose this option generally move in to the facility when they are able bodied and independent, with the understanding that they can adapt their care options asw their situation calls for it. So when they decide they need help with basic daily activities, they can move in to an assisted living care level, and if their health unravels, they can get skilled nursing attention. Continuing care communities allow residents to sign one contract when they move in which will last for the remainder of their lives, if they wish to.

If you are looking for Texas senior housing options around the state, enter your city location and type of care desired in the gray box at the top of this article. If you find a facility that suits your needs, you can request more information from them.

11.14.10

Volunteer Services Helping Seniors in the Dallas area

Posted in Alzheimer's Disease, Assisted Living, Assisted Living Referral Service, care at home, Dimentia, Elder Care, elderly and education, Elderly Care, Senior Citizen at 8:45 pm by admin

For many Dallas/Fort Worth senior residence, the difference between staying independent enough to live at home or needing to move into an elderly care facility may lie squarly on the shoulders of volunteers from their own community.

There are a plethera of service organizations that specifically target home-bound seniors living in the Dallas/Fortworth metroplex. Services offered vary by organization and depend on the number of qualified volunteers available, but may include transportation, housekeeping assistance, meal preparation and delivery, light maintenance, friendly visits or phone calls, respite care (particularly for seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia),

People Helping People
214-670-7320
People Helping People offers assistance to Dallas seniors age 62+ helping homeowners with minor exterior home repairs that improve the safety of the home including replacing rotted wood, scraping and painting, installing handrails, replacing ramps, steps, and porches.

Faith in Action
NSEAM Living at Home/Block Nurse Program
(817) 338-2958 ext. 15
Volunteers from this Fort Worth-based organization offer Tarrant county seniors assistance with bill paying, light household chores, friendly visits or phone calls, meal preparation, shopping, transportation, personal and respite care.

Catholic Charities of Dallas
Phone: (214) 826-8330
Catholic Charities has three locations serving Dallas residents age 60 and over. Volunteers at the three Dallas locations provide hot meals, health screenings, social events, community activities, and assistance.

Meals on Wheels
Collin County Committee on Aging (CCCoA)
CCCoA is a private nonprofit organization serving Collin County seniors by delivering about hot meals for lunch and dinner weekdays, and weekends. They also offer congregate lunches at six senior centers located in Farmersville, McKinney, Plano, Bart Peddicord Community Center, Princeton, Allen

CCCoA volunteers also provide transportation to seniors, caregiver support, benefits counseling, and case management services.

Are you or the senior you love feeling overwhelmed with housework and meal preparation? Losing track of which bill is due when? Got a fix-it list that’s been neglected? Need a ride to the doctor’s office? Could benefit from respite care? Need a grocery-getter? A friendly visit or phone call? Pick up the phone and call one of the above organizations; there are volunteers ready to help you stay as independent at home as possible.

If you’re looking for TX assisted living facilities in the Dallas, Fort Worth area, enter the city and state or zip code in the box at the top of this page as well as the type of housing you’re looking for. A list of facilities in that area will pop up on the next page.

11.11.10

Assisted Living Help for Veterans

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, care at home, Caregiver, elderly and education, Elderly Care, Elderly Diseases, Senior Citizen, Taking Care of a Loved One, Texas Elderly Care Services at 12:15 pm by admin

It’s November 11th today: Veteran’s Day! Today, we honor our loved ones who served to protect our nation through many years of wars, and conflicts, and those who stood on a wall to defend our freedom. In a land where every group out there is asking for more funding, these military veterans are the ones who deserve our highest attention. Since they pout their lives on the line for us, the least we can do is make sure they have the ability to live as comfortably as possible, and have full abilities to take advantage of opportunities, just like the rest of us.

Many Veterans are now becoming senior citizens. The baby boom generation includes millions of military veterans who are now retired, or planning to retire very soon. These brave men and women, many of whom fought during the Vietnam War, one of the most difficult struggles of the last century, are now wondering what should come next. Should they stay at home, or move into an elderly care facility where their medical needs are watched over, and they are relieved of the daily responsibilities that come with living in your own home. The cost of Assisted Living, however, often seems prohibitive. So many seniors who would love to move into an Assisted Living community, end up passing it up.

Fortunately, there is help for these veteran seniors. A little known Pension fund that can be a massive benefit to these men and women. The “Improved Pension” Benefit of the Veterans Administration includes a benefit for Aid and Attendance. How much aid is available? Alot. A single veteran can receive as much as $1632 per month, and a married couple up to $1949 per month. Even surviving spouses can benefit from this. They can receive $1055 per month.

This benefit is not for those who want to move into a luxurious retirement home. It is for veterans who need medical help in a skilled nursing facility or an assisted living community and cannot afford it. The medical problems do not have to be strictly related to their service, however. And it would also cover other types of caregiving, such as home care expenses for those who still want to live in the comfort of their familiar surroundings.

Consider how much this benefit could help. Most TX Assisted Living facilities can cost between $2500 and $400 per month (although he benefit is national, of course, not just for Texans). For a married couple, this is a lot of money. However, the Improved Pension benefit can affectively cut this amount in half, making it actually doable.

Are you a military veteran who wants to retire in an Assisted Living environment? Could you use this type of financial assistance? Visit VeteranAid.org to read more about the Improved Pension benefit for Aid and Assistance, and find out if you apply. Make sure you read through the application process, as it explains in detail what documents to prepare and submit. Also, if you need to find an Assisted Living facility in Texas or any other state, use the “Find Senior Housing” tool at the top of this page.

One final word to you or your loved as you look into this benefit: Thank you. For everything.

11.08.10

Stopping Senior Illnesses Before they Happen

Posted in Assisted Living, Dialysis Assisted Living, Dimentia, Elder Care, elderly and education, Elderly Care, Elderly Diseases, pain releif, Senior Citizen, Taking Care of a Loved One at 11:07 am by admin

Seniors are living longer, healthier, and better lives thanks to public awareness, elderly care research, and a proactive shift to preventative medicine. Many of the following deadly illnesses can be prevented or managed with a healthy lifestyle and early medical intervention.

1. Heart Disease
Heart disease includes heart failure, heart attack, and arrhythmia, which impair the heart’s ability to beat regularly and effectively, impacting blood circulation. Heart disease is often found in conjunction with other conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, poor diet, and lethargy. Genetics also plays a roll in heart disease.

Heat disease prevention begins with sticking to a healthy diet and regular exercise regime as well as quitting smoking. Quickly identifying and treating potential health risks and complicating factors such as diabetes, and high blood pressure can go a long way to reducing your risks of having potentially serious heart disease. Check with your doctor if you are concerned about any of the above or if heart disease runs in your family.

2. Cancer
The types of cancers affecting seniors vary from colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, to skin cancer. The older a person gets, the more susceptible they are to developing any of the above cancers.

Prevention of cancer is still being heavily researched, and many scientists and doctors disagree on the best course of action to prevent cancer, but most will agree that catching cancer earlier rather than later allows time for treatment and increases your chances of survival. Annual check-ups may be your best defense.

3. Stroke (cerebrovascular disease)
The loss of speech, muscular control, or vision is cause by a stroke, also called cerebrovascular disease. A stroke is usually caused by a blood cot which either prevents blood flow to the brain or causes the brain to hemorrhage.

Prevention of strokes is tricky, but science tells us that seniors with high blood pressure or diabetes have an increased risk of having a stroke. Keeping those risk factors under control may be the best way to prevent a stroke. Also, catching early warning signs, such as a mild stroke, may give you and your doctor a strategy for preventing a major stroke.
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4. COPD
That irritating cough that just won’t go away, may not just be irritating if it’s due to COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). This disease is often associated with heavy cigarette smoking or long-term exposure to air-born toxins and starts with a deep cough and mucus in the lungs.

Prevention of COPD may be as clear cut as stopping smoking or avoiding toxic working environments. Treatments may include inhalers or surgery to alleviate symptoms.

5. Pneumonia
Cold and flu season, during the winter, is one of the most likely times for seniors to contract pneumonia, an infection or inflammation of the lungs. Pneumonia really becomes deadly when it’s combined with other chronic diseases.

The pneumococcal vaccine may prevent some types of bacterial pneumonia, and the flu shot may also prevent one type of viral pneumonia. Otherwise just avoiding gatherings during the peak of cold and flu season, washing hands before eating and after returning home. Physical and breathing exercises may also help improve your lung capacity. Avoid smoking and second-hand smoke. When using chemicals, wearing a mask and protective clothing and working in a well ventilated area may prevent aspiration pneumonia.

6. Diabetes: Type II
Type II Diabetes is also known as adult onset diabetes, and is a metabolic disorder that affects the way your body responds to insulin and stores sugar (energy). The many long-term complications from diabetes are what make it so deadly since they can affect the eyes, kidneys, heart, blood vessels, immune system, and nerves. The risk of heart attack is dramatically increased for people with this type of diabetes.

Prevention of Type II Diabetes lies mostly in correctly managing it to avoid the serious complications associated with the disease. Diet and exercise are key for managing diabetes.

7. Accidents
Accidents are not an illness, obviously, but they become a big deal when you’re a senior. Slowed reaction, decreased muscle control, and brittle bones contribute to the danger of senior accidents whether it’s a fall at home or a car crash.

Preventing accidents could be as easy as knowing your physical limitations and asking for help.

8. Septicemia
Septicemia includes any major infection that enters the bloodstream, poisoning the entire body.

Seniors should be quick to go to the doctor if they have fever, shaking chills, changes in mental status, or bleeding into the skin. The doctor may be able to localize and treat infections quickly, preventing serious major infections that lead to septicemia. Also, having flu and pneumococcal vaccines reduce a senior’s risk of developing septicemia.

9. Nephritis
Nephritis is better known as kidney disease. Nephritis is caused by toxic chemicals, bacterial infections, or alcohol abuse, which damage our body’s filtering system, the kidneys.

10. Alzheimer’s Disease
More and more attention is being turned toward Alzheimer’s Disease since complications associated with the disease can be deadly. Alzheimer’s causes loss of memory, mental reasoning, and eventually motor skills and organ function.

Alzheimer’s Disease does not have a cure, and more research needs to be done to define better treatments, but most experts agree that maintaining a healthy lifestyle with healthy diet and exercise will help, and being proactive by quickly seeking medical help may reduce your risk of developing the disease or at least slow the symptoms.

Awareness and healthy living will go a long way to protecting you or the senior you love from becoming a casualty of one of these ten illnesses. If you are looking for FL assisted living, or senior housing around the country, use the search bar at the top of the page.

11.06.10

The Many Faces of Elderly Care

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Elder Care, elderly and education, Elderly Care at 2:52 pm by admin

With a quickly aging United States population, elderly care has taken on a life of its own. In the past, it was a term that was more or less synonymous with “nursing home.” But that just is not true any more. This is partly because the average lifespan has risen dramatically in the past generation. Consider this: in 1960, the average American lived less than seventy years on this earth. Today, the average lifespan is more than seventy-eight. In fifty years, we have added ten years to our life!

Not only are we living longer, but our golden years can be much more golden than we would have suspected 50 years ago. We are, in a sense, getting younger as we get older. Ever heard phrases like “40 is the new 30,” or “50 is the new 40″? It’s because our activity levels have increased, as have the opportunities for active senior lifestyles.

So, back to my original point: elderly care does not mean “nursing homes” anymore. There are so many different facets of this industry (and it keeps growing…), that it can mean a thousand things. Elderly care can refer to long term senior housing, but it now includes a host of varieties.

Understanding The Many Faces of Elderly Care

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  • Assisted Living Housing, which is there fore seniors who want to live with some independence, but still need a helping hand.
  • Retirement Communities for people who desire to enjoy an active lifestyle while enjoying the comfort and security of peers and staff
  • Continuing Care Communities for seniors who want to enjoy their years in a community that will adapt to their changing needs and levels of care.
  • Alzheimer’s Care, where patients who suffer from dementia related illnesses can get the attention, honor, and treatment they so desperately need
  • Skilled nursing, or nursing home care, for those who need full time help from a medical staff.

But elderly care does not end there. It can also refer to part time solutions like these:

  • Respite Care, for seniors who need some oversight for shorter periods of time, like when their caregivers are running errands
  • Adult Day Care, which is a form of respite care for caregivers who need regularly scheduled care, just like they might with their own children
  • Home Care, for caregivers who need regular visits from a registered nurse, etc.

In addition to senior housing, long term and short term, elderly care can also refer to volunteer services that are available for seniors. A popular example of this is meal programs like Meals on Wheels. We live in a society where we are more aware of seniors than we were in the past, and there are a ton of ways that people want to help their elders.

And finally, there are elderly care services that are designed for seniors to help others. Because retirement does not mean life is over, and seniors still have a lot to offer their fellow man, many have found that the best type of elderly care services is the kind where they, as elderly people, can serve others.

Finding Long & Short Term Elderly Care

Because we are living longer and more active lifestyles, our choices are broader than ever before. We can find the type of care that we need for ourselves and our loved ones quickly.

Are you looking for short term or long term senior care? There is an easy way to find it, you know. Simply put in the name of your state, city, or zip code and check the appropriate box to show the type of elder care services you are looking for. When you get options in your area, feel free to click the “get more info” button for as many facilities as you like. It is a free service, and there is no obligation whatsoever.

Yes, elderly care has expanded, big time. And as we continue to age, our awareness of the ways that we can help our parents, and vice versa, will only get bigger. We will be ready!

10.30.10

Simple Voting Tips for Seniors

Posted in Elder Care, elderly and education at 10:53 am by admin

It has been 10 years now sinc ethe infamous “hanging chad” election of 2000. Hard to believe. And with rumors of voter fraud already on the wire, seniors around the United States are on watch, and some are concerned that their votes will not be counted becsause of a glitch in the system. This is not some problem that is limited to Florida seniors, either. It is one which concerns elderly Americans all over the nation–the largest voting blog in the entire population.

So what can you do to make sure your voice is heard? There are a couple of things.
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1) Early voting. This is an optio nin many states now, especially in mid-term elections. Some states do not open their polling places in rural areas, opting instead to send out ballots in the mail. If you get one of these ballots, read the instructions very carefully. They might ask you to draw a line between two black dots next to the candidate of your choice. This is strictly for the computers, which will see the line and count it for your candidate. Do not worry about the “butterfly ballot effect.” That is a one time mistake that received too much publicity to be repeated.

Once you fill out the mail in ballot, if you are unsure of yourself, as many seniors are, because of their eyesight, simply ask someone you trust to look over it and make sure you did everything correctly. Don’t worry, there is nothing against the law about that.

2) If you are voting at a public voting place, take your time. Don’t worry about the lines of people behind you. They will get their turn.

Your ballot may be a traditional paper ballot, or it may be a computer ballot. Don’t worry if it is a computer. There are good systems in place to be sure your vote is properly counted. In fact, computers count far better than humans, anyway. So relax and read the instructions.

Once you have read through the instructions, remember that you can ask quesitons to voting officials. That is what they are there for. If you are unsure of the instructions, or want to make sure you are picking the candidate that you are trying to vote for, ask for their confirmation, and they will gladly assist you.

Our voting system is not perfect, as we saw in 2000 and in every other election this country has ever seen. But those glitches are the exception. Over all, we have a tremendous system in this nation, and one which will not disenfranchise anyone who is careful to read the instrctions and ask for help. If more people had done this in the beginning, maybe we would never have needed to retool the entire process.

Senioirs in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, or any other part of the state can find Assisted Living and Independent Living facilities by using the box at the top of this page, or by clicking here.

10.29.10

Senior Citizen Service Organizations Are on the Rise

Posted in Assisted Living, Elder Care, elderly and education, Senior Citizen, Texas Elderly Care Services at 11:20 pm by admin

As Baby Boomers reach 65, more national resources and attention are being shifted to care and prepare for this huge demographic as they enter their senior years. More senior citizen service organizations are arising than ever before, and many senior care organizations are teaming up and creating networks to provide more comprehensive care and easier accessibility to seniors.

Many organizations are expanding their volunteer networks to more fully meet needs of senior citizens all over the United States. Remember Meals on Wheels? This volunteer service has been providing meals for home-bound seniors for over 50 years in the United States. Now the Meals on Wheels organization has expanded in some cities to include minor or major home repairs, dementia and Alzheimer’s respite care, rural service, grocery delivery, care calls, congregate meals, and even pet care!
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Many senior citizen organizations are recognizing the need for specialized services to effectively meet the varied needs of senior citizens. Organizations devoted to Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia care have increased rapidly as the incidence of these illnesses has increased.

Rising costs of nursing home care have lead to the creation of hundreds of new in-home nursing care and senior care coordination businesses. These organizations provide or coordinate and network to provide regular in-home nursing care, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Most of these businesses will design a unique schedule and services suitable to each client’s needs.

Texas Senior citizens are enjoying more individualized care and services than ever before, but with the looming increases in the senior population combined with tight finances, these senior citizen service organizations are facing a serious dillema. How do we provide services to every senior who needs them and who may not be able to afford them? For many senior citizen care organizations, their solution is to band together, form wider networks, broaden their volunteer base, and appeal to American citizens to give generously to non-profit volunteer organizations whose focus is senior care.

The existing senior citizen service organizations are to be commended. The services they are providing are making a huge difference in the lives of many of our seniors, greatly contributing to a better quality of life and care. The best thing seniors and their loved ones can do is get connected to a network in their area and discover just what services are available to them. Information is readily available at your local senior center or TX Assisted Living facility.

10.28.10

Senior Fitness in Texas

Posted in Elder Care, elderly and education, Elderly Care, exercises, Uncategorized at 5:19 pm by admin

Physicians, psychologists, scientists all agree: regular exercise is essential for excellent physical and mental health whether you are 5 or 95. Many Texas seniors struggle with the fact that their physical abilities and strength are rapidly fading with each passing year, but regular exercise, healthy diet, a comprehensive wellness program, and medical guidance can not only maintain but improve overall health dramatically. Medicine has shifted strongly from traditional corrective and repair measures toward illness-prevention tactics and wellness maintenance. Senior fitness plays a key role in this shift.

The number of fitness businesses and programs that have been started up in the past ten years is astronomical, yet many Texas seniors are still unaware of the many exercise options available to them. More frequently now, even smaller towns may boast a Gold’s Gym, Curves, or Bally Total Fitness just around the corner. Many of these franchises are carving out a niche that appeals to the growing numbers of Baby Boomers: senior-specific exercise classes, morning hours with gentler music appealing to more mature ears. Seniors-only fitness centers are cropping up all across the nation as well offering tai chi, gentle yoga, pilates, a more welcoming atmosphere, and the conversation and companionship of fellow health enthusiasts of a similar age.
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More and more personal trainers are working with an increasingly older population who are concerned about not only maintaining their current level of fitness, but also improving overall health and strength. Personal trainers provide one-on-one instruction unique to each client’s needs and abilities, paving a suitable and optimal workout. Personal trainers may also discuss essential nutrition and healthy diet. All seniors should check with their doctor before beginning an excise and diet regime.

Texercise is a program of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) that provides nutrition and health maintenance information. Texercise also links Texas seniors to health and fitness events and programs in their area specifically designed for them. Many Texas communities offer senior fitness programs such as Body Recall and Silver Sneakers, providing gentle exercise for seniors of varying abilities and strengths.

Texas seniors are finding community and comradery while maintaining and improving their health by forming running or walking groups, taking senior community classes such as water aerobics, ballroom dancing, tai chi, yoga, and pilates. For those Texas seniors who prefer to exercise without feeling like they’re exercising, participating regularly in an enjoyable active hobby such as golfing or gardening can provide great health benefits as well. Whether the goal is to improve posture, avoid falls, lower cholesterol, prevent osteoporosis, or alleviate joint pain, Texas seniors are taking their doctor’s advice about the importance of regular exercise seriously and becoming proactive about their health and wellness.

Fortunately, many assisted living residents have fitness programs or special exercise rooms for seniors to get in shape. Some retirement communities have an entire fitness center right there on location. You can search for senior homes to find these amenities, from Washington independent living to Assisted Living FL by entering your information in the box provided.

10.26.10

Volunteering Ideas for Dallas Seniors

Posted in Assisted Living, Elder Care, elderly and education, Elderly Care, Retirement at 10:30 pm by admin

Seniors in the Dallas Fort Worth area have a lot of things going for them. There are a plethora of terrific assisted living and retirement homes at their fingertips, they have a warm climate, and about a million and a half fun ways to occupy their time. But for some seniors, this is not enough. Retirement is a wonderful time in their lives, but they feel like a piece of them is missing: the piece that worked so hard for all those years. It was difficult, and it was exhausting, but it was sure rewarding! And as much fun as golf and shopping are, they simply can’t replace that sense of accomplishment.

Fortunately, volunteering can more than fill that void. Many seniors find that serving their communities is even more satisfying than their career was. Why? Because when you are volunteering, you are working for the benefit of other people. And when those people find victories in their lives, the volunteer feels that victory as well. Indeed, there is no feeling like the one that you get when you know you were truly able to help someone.

So, for all those Dallas / Fort Worth area seniors who are not sure what to do with themselves, I want to present a short list of possible volunteer opportunities. I hope you will visit their sites or call their phone numbers for more information.

Unique Volunteering Ideas for Dallas Seniors

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  • Be a tutor for an elementary school student.
    A group called “Off Our Rockers” specializes in mentoring and tutoring young students from kindergarten to third grade. They do not require any special skills from their volunteers. The only requirement is that they be over fifty years old, and love children! They can either help them with their studies or mentor them by just being with them and hanging out. In 2009, this group tutored more than five hundred elementary school students! Volunteers complete a training session before being connected with a student at a school near their home. It’s a great program! Call 214.823.5700
  • Boomer Green Team.
    This group enjoys getting together and working toward the betterment of the environment including recycling, water conservation and quality, energy conservation, community gardens, clean air. They have a variety of projects in the coming months around the Dallas metroplex. Call 214-525-6134 for more information
  • Foster Grandparent
    This is a program designed for low income seniors who want to offer not only a helping hand but a helping heart. These seniors have a chance to become family to a child that desperately needs family. Some of the children have physical ailments. Some have been affected by drug abuse and homelessness. But all of them need somebody in their lives who will care for them regardless of the circumstance. Senior volunteers, then, get a chance to spend lots of time with these children, and fill a massive void. They will spend between 15 and 40 hours per week with the children, and will have an opportunity to help them in school work and life in general. A stipend is available for volunteers who help out in this program. If you are interested, please call 214.823.5700.

There are plenty of other opportunities around the metroplex. Here are some quick hits:

  • Christmas stocking projects
  • Handy projects for other seniors in their homes
  • Working at the Texas State Fair
  • Becoming a guide at a museum
  • Making blankets and small gifts for Dallas hospital patients (and their newborns!)

Most of these volunteering projects in Dallas will be somehow linked with a group called “Retired & Senior Volunteer Program,” or R.S.V.P. They are linked with dozens and dozens of projects and services around Dallas and Fort Worth. If you have questions, or if you want more information regarding how to lend your talents and passions to those who need it most in the Dallas metroplex, visit this website.

At any rate, you can be sure of one thing: just like Dallas has a million restaurants, it has a million ways for you to help other people, no matter what your age and abilities. Because Dallas is a city where people enjoy being a part of one another’s lives. So whether you are living at home, or in a retirement or assisted living facility in the city, you can be a help! Call the good folks at RSVP, or visit their site to find out about more opportunities near you!

10.20.10

Texas Seniors Get Set to Vote

Posted in Assisted Living, elderly and education at 8:27 pm by admin

It’s less than two weeks until the 2010 midterm election, and according to a recent article by David Paul Kahn on RealClearPolitics.com one “voting block” is more geared up than any other to make a difference this year. Yep, you guessed it. Senior citizens. Seniors are expected to vote in record numbers this year, and that is saying something, because seniors are typically far more politically engaged than the younger generation.

So why is so much of the advertising, so much of the hyper active hoopla geared toward college age students? Are seniors ignored in the voting process?

Seniors are radically engaged this year. According to the article, 84% of registered senior voters will cast a ballot. This is a staggering statistic. Senior voters are highly motivated, and very concerned about the direction that this country is moving in.
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One might wonder why they would be concerned. After all, the future belongs to the young. They will be running the country soon. Shouldn’t they be the ones who are highly motivated and energized?

Maybe. But these seniors are not cynical like the young. The fact that they remain involved proves that. They understand the shortcomings of the political system all too well. But they also believe that their voices matter. They believe in their responsibility to help shape the system. And they understand that their grandchildren’s future is hanging in the balance. The fact that they care as much as they do for things that will happen long after they are gone is encouraging. This is a group of people that really does care about what will happen to the nation after they are gone.

Seniors certainly do appear to be concerned about the direction our nation is taking. According to Kahn, fifty-three percent of voting seniors plan to vote Republican, while just thirty-five percent will vote Democrat. What that means in Texas is simple: the Red State will probably get redder. What that means in states with a high percentage of nursing homes and other Assisted Living, FL and NV for instance, remains to be seen.

The involvement that seniors take in the political process should inspire the rest of us to step it up and take our privilege seriously. After all, the voting decisions we make today will not only affect our children, they will affect our parents, too:)

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