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For SeniorsBY TIM MITCHELL, Fund Development Coordinator, Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.Hidden in the shadows of the Stans- bury Mountains, just a stone’s throw from Salt Lake City, is the sleepy little townof Grantsville, Utah, with a population barley reaching 10,000 residents. Outside of the town being very reminiscent of something one might see in a Hallmark movie, it is a rather uneventful communi- ty that has that everyone-knows-everyone mystique. As with many smaller towns, a significant number have found residence in other communities or states for various reasons. However, every spring, for the past 135 years, the annual event that lights up the town and even brings back home those that have moved away, is the “Old Folks Sociable.” It’s one of the things that makes this little village so unique.Another historic event honoring older adults took place at a meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens which led to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month,” the pre- lude to “Older Americans Month.” When this celebratory month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. At that time, approximately one-third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. How- ever, interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing.understands the unique needs of this seg- ment of our population and is equipped to address those needs.Grantsville takes an entire year plan- ning a celebration to honor all residents and former residents who are 75 years ofProviding physical and occupational therapy services to keep participantsas mobile as possible and to help them function as independently as possible in their own home. At the center, certified physical therapists guide participants in appropriate exercise to help maintain and improve movement and mobility. Our certified occupational therapists work with participants in their homes to help them learn how to better function in their home environment to remain safely independent in their own home.age and older. The high school, home to the Old Folks Sociable,becomes a gath- eringIn 2019, there are far more people age 65 and older in the United States. In fact, that number today stands at 48 million, accounting for 15 percent of the popu- lation. This number is projected to more than double to over 98 million by 2060, equating to 24% of the population.the town’s heritage. For residents andProviding home care for participantsformer residents, it is a walk down memory lane.who need additional assistance in their own home. This may be meal preparation, light house cleaning, or caring for other needs specific to a participant.Always well known in the community as the traditionalAnd maybe most importantly, we celebrate and value our participants by listening to them and spending quality time with them. Their stories are often intriguing, entertaining, and most interest- ing. Older adults are our world. Helping them remain independent in their homeis our purpose. We celebrate their lives every day through our care for them.social event of the year, The Old Folks Sociable dates back to 1884when it was inaugurated to honor fathers and mothers. The event is so important to the community that it hasonly been cancelled twice in its 135-year history.It’s refreshing to see an entire commu- nity coming together in such a manner to honor the oldest, and often, most vulner- able, within their population. It also has historical significance, dating back to the 19th century.We celebrate and value seniors every day by:To learn more about how Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. can be of help to you or a family member, please contact us(269) 441-9319 or visit us online at seniorcarepartnersmi.org.place for highProviding an assigned certified social worker to each participant to help them navigate and obtain various services within the community for which they may qualify. Social workers maintain regular contact with participants to monitor and respond to their specific needs.school classNeedless to say, there are a lot ofolder Americans we can celebrate! And that number continues to grow on a daily basis. So, during the month of May our country emphasizes celebrating Older Americans Month. But, at Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. celebrating seniors isa daily activity all year long. From the time they enter the doors in the morning until they return home in the afternoon, we celebrate the beauty of their life, their purpose, and their value. Their lives have great significance, no matter what restric- tions, age, or disease may have brought them, and we are focused on letting them know they are important individuals to us, to their families, and to society.reunions and family reunions.The Sociable is also a celebration ofCelebrating Older Adults – Everyday!Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Today Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through a variety of ceremonies, events, fairs, and other such activities.Providing important socialization services. It is well documented that social isolation among seniors is one of the leading causes of depression among the elderly. Our qualified staff of certified Recreational Therapists create programs around the specific interests of our participants. Every weekday at our day center there are activities and social in- teractions to engage participants, helping to keep their minds active and providing them with an opportunity to interact with others.Providing quality, geriatric specific, medical care to enable participants to experience the highest quality of life in their golden years. Our medical teamCELEBRATING SENIORS I SCENE 4405 15


































































































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