Kimberly Springsteen-Abbott in philanthropy, Women in Leadership, Writers CEO • Commonwealth Capital Corp Oct 25, 2019 · 1 min read · +400

Charities Helping the Elderly

Charities Helping the Elderly

There are many organizations that have made it their mission to provide assistance and companionship to senior citizens. The United States has a great amount of charities dedicated to helping strengthen the older community through different outreach programs. If you’re looking for a way to help the elderly you may want to consider volunteering your time and skills to one of the following charities.

Meals on Wheels America This charity may be the most popular in the United States. There are over 5,000 local chapters across the country, all run independently, without being financed by the government. Anyone who qualifies can have meals delivered for a very low fee. The charity makes sure to cater for each seniors dietary requirements and delivery days can be selected on an individual basis. Not only does supplying the elderly with meals help them to stay at home and save money, but it also provides a bit of social interaction which is incredibly meaningful to many people in the community. 

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
The Foundation was founded in 2002 to help those suffering from Alzheimer’s. It is a wonderful resource for anyone looking for information, educational tools, or related events taking place nearby. Caregivers in particular can find the help they may be looking for. There are classes and support groups designed to provide assistance and useful tools to anyone affected by Alzheimer’s.

Second Wind Dreams Second Wind Dreams was established in 1997, with the belief that you’re never too old to have a dream. The organization works hard to help those involved fulfill their dreams. Seniors living in memory care communities or nursing homes can participate. Residents are encouraged to talk about anything that they want from life. The dreams can range from visiting a special location, reuniting with old friends, or getting a new pet. The charity also sponsors something called the Virtual Dementia Tour. The technology uses virtual reality to let people experience how those with Alzheimer’s or dementia  view the world. It can help everyone’s understanding of these ailments by seeing how everyday tasks can become daunting or nearly impossible.

Honor Flight Network
This is a very special organization, co-founded by Jeff Miller and Earl Morse. The Honor Flight Network allows veterans to have the opportunity to meet with others and share their experiences with those that have also served in other branches of the military. The network flies thousands of veterans to Washington, DC, covering the airline prices. Once they land the veterans are welcomed and escorted around town by volunteers. The group commemorate their wars by visiting memorials. Currently, the HFN is focused on World War II veterans, however with time it will shift to the Korean and Vietnam wars. Any veteran with a terminal illness is always welcome to take part. It’s a beautiful charity that inspires and makes sure that the sacrifices of older veterans are not forgotten.

Bernard Poulin Oct 27, 2019 · #2

The real crisis is not necessarily in areas where the elderly need care. It is where they are not in need of it. Generally, we see elders as “olders” - useless in the grand scheme of things. We see old age as a time of need, sickness & of wasting away. And because we do, we fail to see “them” as still there, still alive. And we see this “situation” as better dealt with through an out of sight out of mind concept of care. We “house” them in elder prisons called "retirement homes" and visit. . . when we can. In reality elders are, more often than not, lost energy, wasted experience and skills, ignored mentoring potential. Not so long ago, England created a Loneliness Ministry. It recognized that elders are "becoming" ill often not because they are old but because they are ignored & "wasting away" - a waste of potential, of brains, of heart which would be willingly shared if we connected these experienced people with younger generations who in our era are becoming just as emotionally needy as our elders are becoming - suffering from anxiety, depression and suicidal tendencies.
Through a re-connection of elders and young, mental health care for both would decrease - saving our worlds from depression at both ends of the spectrum. If a young electrician, a young visual artist, a young accountant needs guidance, what better place to get it than from the built-in knowledge and experience of an elder from that realm. Time to stop looking at our elders as waste, as in need to be tended to garbage that just wont recycle. We choose to not recycle their knowledge, And that is the actual waste - a waste of insight and values that elders would readily transmit. Ironically, “lesser developed” nations survive on mentoring; as a crucial step forward both for the receiver and the giver. Time to review our apathy regarding the young and the elderly.