Mar 6, 2020

It's Time to March for Meals!

Every March, organizations across the country step up and host events to raise awareness of the vital importance of Meals on Wheels. Local leaders and members of the community have a chance to celebrate the volunteers that support these programs throughout the year and help them deliver meals. These events are collectively known as "March for Meals".

Having access to healthy food is a basic necessity at any age, but this becomes especially critical as we get older so that we can maintain our strength and recover more quickly from illnesses and injuries. But Meals on Wheels does not only provide nutritious food; with every meal, isolated elders also get a few minutes of socialization, a warm smile, and a daily wellness check - and it helps to ensure that the most vulnerable members of our society know that they are connected to a caring community. 

When US Representative Ro Khanna visited us recently to help deliver Meals on Wheels to Fremont seniors, he was touched by the stories shared by the seniors he met. Asking about their lives and challenges, one person told him: "I depend on my daily meals and really like the food" and another said: "I can't cook anymore, but with Meals on Wheels, I don't have to worry about feeling hungry". 

So, during the month of March we invite you all to attend a local event to experience first-hand the JOY of delivering meals to those that need them the most. Or find some time to volunteer with your local Meals on Wheels organization - it truly is a rewarding way to get involved and see for yourself how much of a difference your support makes. 

Meals on Wheels and LIFE ElderCare enable seniors to stay nourished in body, mind, and spirit. They know that they are not alone, that they are part of a community that cares for their well-being. And your generous donations are what enable us to continue to provide this reassurance.

Thank you for caring for the elderly in our neighborhoods! 

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

 
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