Home Hospice Association-North Chapter "Don't Walk The Journey Alone" is building a stronger foundation for those diagnosed/dying age 65 or older at end-of-life stage. Our mission is to be able to provide quality end-of-life care to seniors in our Northern communities. Funds raised in the GIVE65 platform will allow options in care for those individuals wishing to have the best death possible wherever they lay their head, this could be long term care facilities, home, hospital, senior residence or community for those less fortunate due to circumstances. Funds raised with the GIVE65 platform will bring those dying a quality end-of-life care and services such as Personal Support Workers, Nursing, Death Doula's and also enhance volunteer programming such as Bello Project and Compassionate Care Volunteers making sure that the complete circle of family and friends are supported, including the dying's beloved pets.
ADOPT A GRANDPARENT
Real Seniors, Real Worries, Real Hope
Anne can't get to her doctor appointments. She is all alone and has no one to help her. Shirley is worried she will have to surrender her dog Jack because she can't walk him anymore. Linda needs help with her shopping but can't afford it. Carl is in crisis and needs urgent social work intervention.
These are real seniors with real worries and you can provide real hope.
Adopt a Grandparent is the largest fundraiser for Calgary Seniors. Our programs and services for low-income and isolated seniors would not exist without the support of our generous and devoted donors and supporters like you.
There are several ways to get involved and Adopt a Grandparent this year:
1. Donate: Your donations provide the caring volunteers who help seniors with the little things that really make a big difference.
2. Adopt a Grandparent as a gift for a loved one: Looking for a special holiday gift? Adopt a Grandparent in honour of a friend/family member as your gift and they will receive a letter and special story about how your donation provided hope.
Participate in Adopt a Grandparent and we will keep you up to date on the progress of Mary, Charlie and Stacey, along with many others, so that you can see the difference you are making for seniors who are living in isolation, poverty and fear in our city.
Aging is something that is often dreaded, or even feared, but growing old is inevitable. When we get there, we hope that we will be financially secure enough to pay for any support we need. We hope we will still have friends and family around us that care and help us. We hope we will be able to age with dignity and are treated with respect and kindness. And, we hope we will be able to get any assistance and care we require.
Unfortunately, today, more and more seniors face increased financial hardship, isolation, transportation and mobility challenges, mental health concerns and even abuse. They are facing these issues with less and less family and social support. Children move away, neighbours are disconnected, and community services and seniors' supports are in jeopardy of being cut. These seniors are struggling in silence and need our help. Requests for our services grow every day and we struggle to keep pace with the demand. We urgently need to recruit, screen, train and match new volunteers to keep up with these calls for help.
Calgary Seniors, through our Volunteer Services department, is one of the only organizations that provides programs at no cost to assist less fortunate seniors who need support with day to day living and social companionship. We want the future to be better, brighter, healthier and happier for our elders. They deserve it. They earned it. That is why we do this work.
Your donations provide the caring volunteers who help seniors with the little things that really make a big difference. Donations provide friendly volunteers to visit with them when they are lonely, give them rides to medical appointments when they have no way to get there, help them with their shopping when they are too frail to manage it all, or provide assistance with their pets when they can no longer properly care for them but can't bear the thought of surrendering their beloved companions.
Currently the Resource Centre runs day programs for isolated seniors. Programs include crock pot cooking classes, paint classes,a chair exercise program and knitting and crochet classes. We operate a community garden and put together and deliver christmas stockings to 1500 seniors yearly.
At Spencer House, we are meeting the changing needs and life's challenges of our older adults in the community. Many seniors are feeling increasingly isolated and lonely, which can lead to a decline in physical and mental health wellness. With our "Here With Friends" program, older adults (50+) gather and find community. We offer social and educational programs, health and referral services. Most importantly, we offer a place where folks join together with their peers in a safe, fun, and inclusive space.
We talk about issues that affect our senior population; issues that are important to them and the community. We laugh. We laugh a lot. We drink tea and coffee together.
At Spencer House, people are rarely put "on hold." We believe that personal communication is a valuable resource in effectively sharing information, enabling and contributing to seniors living healthy, independent lifestyles and empowering them to contribute to their own well-being and to the community.
We are lifting seniors from loneliness to connection, from isolation to community. At Spencer House, you are Here With Friends.