We've known it all along, and now there's proof -- seniors who receive a home delivered meal (such as Meals on Wheels) are less lonely, eat healtheir, and feel safer. (According to a study conducted by researchers at Brown University).
Be proud knowing that YOU are helping to deliver more than food. Your donation also brings a sense of security to homebound seniors, because everyday a friendly volunteer comes to their home and checks up on them. This may be the only person they see all day, and a few minutes of conversation and smiles goes a long way to staving off loneliness and depression.
Check out this wonderful video about us created by The California Health Report, and hear for yourself how happy Lou Ann is to get her daily hot meal. Without this nutritious meal, she would rely on canned soup and frozen vegetables -- that is, if she even had a way to get to the store. Instead, she gets to eat a variety of healthy and tasty foods (even though she's not a fan of curry!)
Thanks to YOU, we are 2/3 of the way to our goal of feeding 1250 meals.
That's a whole lot of happy -- and satisfied -- seniors! We can't wait to deliver even more meals and smiles!
You know that great feeling you get when you’ve done a good deed? Some of us describe it as “warm and fuzzy.” It may be from doing something as simple as letting a car merge in front of you (why are we all in such a hurry these days?) or helping someone get an item from the highest shelf at the grocery store.
We at LIFE ElderCare are lucky, because we get this wonderful feeling everyday. Why? One, because we love what we do – giving homebound seniors a warm and nutritious meal, a warm and friendly smile, and a warm and caring connection to another human being. We feel GREAT that we can be of such service to wonderful folks in our own community. Two, because people like you – people who donate to LIFE ElderCare – also care about the frail elderly. And the more people who care, the more seniors we can keep healthy with good food delivered to their door.
Someone like Ofelia, who was quite independent living on her own, until she had an operation. Since then, she doesn’t have the energy to cook, much less go to the store. She tells us “if you didn’t bring me my meals, I wouldn’t eat well.” And that means she would likely be back in the hospital.
We are so touched by the donations from the Global Giving community. Already all of you have purchased 810 meals, which means people like Christine, Ofelia, Andrew, and Efigenia (all pictured above) will continue to get meals – and a smile – brought to their doors everyday for 7 months.
Does that make you feel warm and fuzzy? It does to us!
Executive Director -LIFE ElderCare
Mar 11, 2015
Safe, Connected and Healthy at Home
By Patricia Osage - Executive Director -LIFE ElderCare
Have you been touched by happiness this year? I sure hope so, because you (YOU) have fed people who were malnourished right here in our own neighborhoods and that is a good thing. We took the dollars you gave us and we bought warm, nutritious meals. And then brought them to seniors' homes in the Bay Area.
Yup, the people that you fed are not the people who can get over to the local food bank or church food pantry. These are the homebound elderly; usually living alone. An thanks to all of you out there; our volunteers have handed each of them a meal every day this year so far.
You and 48 others have now donated $3,013. That means we only need $1,987 more to reach our goal of $5,000!
Thanks so very much for all that you have already done and don’t forget to tell just one family member of friend about our campaign. Many people think Meals on Wheels is ‘old-fashioned’ and that may be true, but perhaps that’s a good thing… because an entire year of meals can be served to a senior at the same cost as seven days in a nursing home. Think of all the tax dollars and other resources saved along with all the anguish and health issues avoided.Ours is a simple operation that helps almost a thousand seniors annually eat healthy while remaining in their homes.
Sometimes an old fashioned belief is proven to actually work- and this one works amazing well according to a new study by Brown University’s Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research.
You are part of new approach on neighborhoods coming together to help our community’s elderly stay safe, connected and healthy at home. And this, we know, will touch you with happiness.