As Central Oregonians, we’ve seen firsthand how the state’s growing population has stretched our local resources. Many have felt the sting of inflation when filling up their car, checking out at the supermarket, or enjoying a night on the town. For some, the rising costs require small lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for older adults with limited resources and on fixed incomes.
Over the last year, the Council on Aging of Central Oregon has been there to lend a hand or a meal to those facing these unprecedented pressures. We’ve delivered meals where people felt most comfortable–in their doorways, on the phone, or in their cars during lunch pickups. We launched Caring Connections to provide regular social check-ins via phone to combat ongoing isolation and loneliness.
In a 12-month period between 2020 and 2021, we delivered almost 100,000 Meals on Wheels, served 55,000 senior lunches, answered more than 20,000 calls with information and referrals, provided 750 hours of Medicare counseling, funded close to 11,000 hours of home and personal care services, and provided 1,350 hours of paid respite support for caregivers.
Thank you, Central Oregon, for your support. Your generosity helps us build a stronger senior community across the tri-county.
If you’d like to volunteer, you’d find a warm and welcoming environment. Click ‘Get Involved’ at councilonaging.org to learn more. We’re also hiring!
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