Angels touch down on Seniors First
Thank you Florida Blue and the Orlando Fire Department for volunteering with us for #OrlandoUnitedDay in remembrance of the 49 young innocent lives taken in the Pulse tragedy on June 12, 2016.
Volunteers from Florida Blue spent part of their day with seniors enrolled in our Neighborhood Lunch Program at the L. Claudia Allen Senior Center. They served lunch and enjoyed partaking in competitive card games of Uno and Pokeno. The Orlando Fire Department brought seniors a breakfast of bagels and coffee, talked fire safety and conducted blood pressure checks.
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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15th: Here’s Donna’s story:
Donna is 81 years old and lives alone with no family or friends nearby to help.
She lived in Eugene, Ore., most of her life and had always wanted to move to Florida. She made her dream a reality six years ago after purchasing a condo she saw advertised on a real estate auction TV show. Donna bought the condo sight unseen and made the move to Florida alone. Her closest relative, a son, lives in Yakima, Wash.
Donna’s emotional well-being took a turn for the worse in December 2014 when she opened her door to a young man and woman who forced their way into her home and robbed her of a valuable coin collection and a diamond ring worth $5,000. After the incident, Donna became depressed, had difficulty sleeping, developed a poor appetite and had trouble concentrating. The robbery caused severe anxiety and resulted in her losing 20 pounds.
Donna became a Seniors First client after starting to struggle to perform daily tasks like cooking, cleaning, dressing and bathing. Seniors First got Donna the help she needed to recover emotionally, and with our assistance, Donna has been able to remain independent and in her home where she prefers to be.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. The day aims at focusing global attention on the emotional, physical and financial abuse senior citizens endure around the world and on ways in which to prevent such abuses. When we think about our clients such as Donna we are reminded of the devastating impact elder abuse can have on seniors. To learn more, click here.
Orlando Magic does lunch with our Meals on Wheels clients
Orlando Magic ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw delivered a little magic to our Meals on Wheels clients recently as part of a national ad campaign. The Orlando Magic teamed up with Meals on Wheels America for its, “America, Let’s Do Lunch” campaign, which invites Americans to “donate their lunch break” to deliver meals to seniors in need. Check out the Orlando Magic in action here.
Thanks Orlando Magic for helping to shine a spotlight on the program and the need for Meals on Wheels volunteers!
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Hurricane season starts June 1 and ends Nov. 30. Here are some tips on how to prepare seniors and keep them safe during a storm.
Check out photos of this year’s High Tea & Hats
Thank you Re-Action Photos for donating your time and talents to capture memories from the event! Our guests appreciate having an onsite professional photographer to take pictures of them participating in activities that help our community’s seniors in need.
Thanks Publix Super Markets Charities!
Thanks to Publix Super Markets Charities for its continued support as a Seniors First Community Partner. The company’s donation of $20,000 supports programs and services such as Meals on Wheels, In-Home and Personal Care and Stepping Stone Medical Equipment Bank. It’s partnerships like this that help to ensure seniors in our community are provided services that keep them living safe, healthy and independent lives.
Thanks Bank of America!
Bank of America employees volunteered at our L. Claudia Allen neighborhood lunch site March 3 and spent time socializing and joining in on activities with our seniors. The seniors really enjoyed the company!