Promoting Independent Living for Older Adults

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Older Adults

United Way works to develop support systems so older adults and persons with disabilities can live independently.

Contributors: Mary Wisnet, Community Development Program Officer at United Way Fox Cities and Juanita Harder, Thompson Community Center Director for Lutheran Social Services of WI & Upper MI, Inc.

Did you know that 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 every day between 2011 and 2031? As residents of the Fox Cities grow older, United Way is working to ensure that they maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid chronic illness and long-term disabilities. In 2013, 4,881 older adults received United Way-funded services that promoted physical and mental health and overall well-being. Some of these services were provided through Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS) at the Thompson Community Center.

Whether older adults are interested in learning a new skill, staying fit through an exercise class, participating in a fun social activity, attending a support group or volunteering in a meaningful way, they can find it at the Thompson Community Center. Locally, United Way supports several older adult services at LSS including specialized counseling, AODA treatment, Hmong Elder Outreach, Senior Connection, Caregiver Support and Making the Ride Happen.

Want to learn more? We invite you to attend the United Way Experience Tour at the Thompson Community Center (820 W. College Avenue, Appleton) on Thursday, October 9 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. You will receive a tour of the Center and learn more about programs and services offered to older adults and their families. Sign up to attend the tour and don't forget to arrive early to have lunch at Grampa's Grill Out! Purchase your choice of grilled fare and other treats served every Thursday, May through October, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.