Dec 9, 2019

Our Vision for Homebound Seniors

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued partnership as we work toward our vision for seniors in Alameda County.

What is this vision? It’s a future where we can offer free services and support to EVERY older adult in need and where NO senior ever has to go hungry.

Meals on Wheels and other LIFE services keep seniors connected with community. They made a world of difference to Jay, age 79.

He took a cab home after surgery to a mostly empty fridge. Hungry and alone, he called LIFE ElderCare’s number on the brochure he’d been given at the hospital. We took over a meal that very day and set him up with other services, too – assisted transportation to get to the doctor for his follow-ups, and a friendly visitor who loves to play cards as much as he does.

They made all the difference to 82-year-old Selma, too, who could no longer cook after she injured her shoulder in a bad fall. Soon after a worried neighbor reached out, LIFE provided Selma with daily meals, rides, grab bars, and in-home fall prevention exercise to reduce her risk of another fall.

With your help, we can help the thousands of older adults like Jay and Selma who need support.

Last year alone, we served 108,000 fresh meals, gave 6,909 rides, and provided more than 4,500 hours of friendly companionship.

There is so much more to be done.

Your kindness enables us to keep working towards making our vision a reality: assuring that no elder is left alone without food or friends.

With sincere gratitude and warmest wishes this holiday season from all of us at LIFE ElderCare!

Sep 10, 2019

A Lifesaver for Homebound Seniors

One in six older adults in the US faces the threat of hunger; and it is estimated that $130 billion / year in medical bills can be attributed to issues stemming from inadequate food intake. Programs like Meals on Wheels help address this critical need - enabling seniors to stay nourished and thriving as they age. 

We recently received a letter from one of our Meals on Wheels clients, Biagio, and his words highlight the vital importance of LIFE ElderCare’s services. Here’s an excerpt:

“Just wanted to let you know that I am now 96 years old and wouldn't be able to stay in my home if it weren't for Meals on Wheels. Most of the time I am stuck in bed because it is hard for me to get up. I can't cook meals anymore so you have truly been a lifesaver to me. Thank you for taking the time to care. I appreciate all that you do!”

In addition to nutritious, home-delivered meals, LIFE ElderCare provides a range of essential services for frail elders. Whether they need a ride to the doctor’s office, modifications to make their home environment safer, or a friendly volunteer to stop by and chat – LIFE is there for them. Check out this short video to learn more about the support we provide to seniors in Alameda County: We're All Aging Together.

Our work couldn’t happen without your ongoing support – so THANK YOU for being a lifesaver and taking the time to care for older adults like Biagio. Your support continues to make a profound difference in the lives of older adults in need.

With sincere gratitude,

Patricia

Jun 11, 2019

Meals on Wheels - An Amazing Resource for the Community!

For homebound older adults, LIFE ElderCare is a safety net that provides the community support & resources that enable them to age at home. Whether they need a healthy home-delivered meal, a ride to the doctor, a friendly visit, or fall prevention assistance – LIFE helps seniors stay strong in body, mind, and spirit.

A few months ago, we received a touching letter of appreciation from Margaret, the daughter of one of one of our Meals on Wheels clients. It reinforces just how much of a difference this program makes in the lives of older adult. Here's an excerpt: 

"From the bottom of my heart, I am so thankful for all the food you are providing to my 90 year old father! He is fed daily with your diligent and reliable efforts. You have organized an amazing resource for the community, for which you should be proud.

Without your kind help, we would have to arrange a different living situation for my father - one that would not keep him at home. He loves being in his own home...thanks so much for all you do!"

And so from the bottom of my heart, I thank YOU for choosing to donate to our project and feed seniors in need. Your generous support helps us address elder hunger in our community, and helps them continue to live their best lives in familiar surroundings.

We are truly grateful for your support!

 
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