Thursday, November 11, 2004

Value and support our elders

Today would have would have been my grandmother's 94th birthday. In her honor, here are some sites where you can get information on ways to support and care for the older folks in your family and community.

* The AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group committed to ensuring that older people live lives of dignity, independence and purpose.

* The Eldercare Locator ( connects senior citizens, caregivers, and others with resources for services in their community. You can also call them toll-free at 1-800-677-1116.

* The American Geriatrics Society maintains this list of sites on the health of the elderly.

* Meal Call has a search engine that will find Meals on Wheels services in the United States and Canada.

* The Medicare Rights Center is a not-for-profit national organization that works to ensure that older adults have access to affordable health care.

If you know of other useful sites or organizations, please write a comment letting us know.

Take a moment and think of the older folks in your life. Write them. Call them. Let them know you care. Grandmothers are truly special people and Fanilla Suttles Cobb was no exception. She was a wonderful woman, a true inspiration. I love her and miss her dearly. Happy birthday, Mom.


Anonymous said...

Do more than just write some older folks, lend a hand. You do not need a lot of time to volunteer for a local meal program like Meals on Wheels. Neither do you need to drive or even work with older folks.

Volunteers can put in only a couple of hours per week and services such as office management, dinner preparations, clean up, and making phone calls all need to be done. Many meal programs are served in a local senior center where people come in. So take some time out of your day to keep these programs alive. You just might need them some day... God willing!

Check out a local program at

Karama said...

What a wonderful idea. Thanks for stopping by and suggesting it.

Ken Teegardin said...

Karama, Thanks for all your work on WhatCanIDO? I just found your seniors page that includes comments about microbusiness and your grandfather so I had to comment. I started a totally-free website to help seniors. My wife and I are trying to use our experience to help others with seniors care giving especially the transition to assisted living (my father made the difficult move last year). I hope you can check out our site: and help spread the word about it if you like it. Our search feature is pretty cool ( but still needs a few more facilities). Thanks and best wishes