Many times we all need a helping hand. The Gatekeeper program works with “at-risk” seniors assisting them to find and stay in a stable living environment. We do NOT provide direct financial assistance, but our social workers assist individuals in seeking resources through difficult periods. We serve individuals with financial concerns, housing issues, and socialization. As a part of the Gatekeeper program, the Wellness Center for Older Adults also conducts the Buried in Treasures class and support group assisting individuals with hoarding.
In 2017 we assisted 53 homeless seniors in finding and securing housing.
A volunteer based program that provides short-term, non-medical assistance to seniors aged 60+ who have had a recent hospitalization or health decline. Services such as transportation to the doctor, errands and well checks are provided for approximately 6-8 weeks. A program coordinator works with the senior to ensure that he or she can remain independent and healthy following discharge from Project Independence. There is no charge. Not only are we looking for seniors who are in need of the services, but also volunteers who are willing to provide assistance with transportation, errands, well checks or other assistance.
Brain Storming Activities
Want to keep your brain sharp? The Wellness Center conducts programs that are stimulating and fun mental exercises. Classes are held at the Sam Johnson Recreation Center and have resumed now that the center is open again to the general public.
We also offer a Memory Café program here at the Sam Johnson Recreation Center. These classes provide socialization and information for individuals with forms of dementia as well as their caregiver. These classes are currently held on the second Tuesday of the month from 10-11:30 am.
Our Mental Aerobics class is designed to keep minds sharp through puzzles, critical thinking exercises, jigsaw puzzles, and a variety of different activities that require thinking skills. This class is on the second Tuesday of the month from 2:30-3:30pm held at the Sam Johnson Recreation Center.