Shared Article, Minnesota’s Duty to Seniors & Caregivers

We found this to be eye opening hopefully you do to.  This article does a great job of helping you understand why our program is so helpful and necessary to our communities.

http://www.minnpost.com/community-voices/2012/04/minnesotas-duty-seniors-and-care-givers

MN Senior Facts

State Facts

About 1/4 of the Como Park neighborhood population is 65+ according to the 2010 District Council Demographic Charts and the demand for our services is only growing in importance. The Minnesota Department on Human Services has conducted a survey of the MN boomer populations. Here are some important facts that support the importance of our program.

  • 51% of boomers have lived in the same community for more than 20 years
  • A majority of boomers (52%) plan to stay in their current home an additional 10 years or more
  • 31% indicated that they plan to stay in the same community for 20 or more years
  • 27% reported that they plan to remain in their home for an additional 20 years or more
  • Expect that most boomers residing in your community will remain there
  • Since most boomers are homeowners they will likely be invested in the health of their block, neighborhood and city
  • The most important “senior housing” option for older adults is the option to stay in their current home
  • Home maintenance and chore programs will be increasingly important
  • Caregiving will be a growing issue, as increasing numbers of families struggle to care for increasing number of older relatives
  • Most families cannot afford formal long-term care, and try to provide assistance until they reach a “tipping point”

How to Manage the Issues

  • More emphasis on “community as caregiver” especially for the growing number of persons with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers
  • Build and strengthen neighborhoods and informal social networks
  • As boomers age, they will look to their family and community for support to remain independent
  • This is important part of “communities for a lifetime” concept

For more Information see:

Give to the MAX, November 16, 2011

Thank You for your continued support to our program. We ask that you remember us on November 16 for “Give To the Max Day”
Don’t forget to see if your workplace will match your donation.

Just click on the link to make your donation today :)

http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Comofalconbnp

Make a Donation

Choose a suggested amount below, or give whatever you want.

  • $25 Allows us to run a background check to make sure a safe volunteer is placed with an elder
  • $50 Supports an event and transportation for up to 10 people to come together avoiding the isolation that can be created by lack of transportation
  • $100 Pays for the necessary office expenses per month
  • $150 Covers the cost of rent in our building
  • $200 Brings a special event to life honoring seniors and their volunteers, strengthening community ties
  • $350 Pays for the cost of printing program materials to share with our elders and their families
  • $500 Creates the ability for us to give over 1,000 miles in rides for appointments and errands
  • $1,000 Gives us the opportunity to develop and expand our Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, certifying 10 volunteers in First Aid and CPR
  • $5,000 Expands our programs ability to develop and implement a new addition to our programs already successful services for seniors

Thank You Stevens Square Foundation

Congratulations to the Como Park Falcon Heights Living at Home Block Nurse Program!!!! We are patting ourselves on the back for the gracious grant received from the Stevens Square Foundation. This grant will be used to identify and work with elders in their homes on a bi-weekly basis to foster exercise and healthy, safe living environments. Call us to volunteer with an elder (651) 642-1127

We’ve Done it Again :)

Thank you to the Como Park Lutheran Church and Men’s Group specifically for the lovely fundraiser dinner. The meal was beautifully prepared and served by the Men’s Group and made our evening a successful one with over 100 people in attendance. We are grateful to all who came out, shared smiles, stories and bid on our donations.

Donate Today for the Auction

Our annual fundraiser Meatloaf Dinner and Silent Auction is fast approaching and we are still looking for items to add to our Auction.  If you have items that you believe can be useful in this purpose please contact us by calling 651-642-1127.   ******Donations are tax deductible******

Annual Fundraising Meatloaf Dinner and Auction

Bring the whole family down for the Block Nurse Program’s Annual Meatloaf Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit our neighborhood elders.

When: Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 4-7pm
Where: Como Park Lutheran Church, in the Fellowship Hall located in the basement. 1376 Hoyt Ave W. St. Paul MN, 55108
What: Delicious Meatloaf Dinner along with a Silent Auction, many items from all around the Twin Cities donated, Guthrie Theater Tickets, Twins and Vikings Memorabilia and much more!
Cost: Adults $8.50, Children $5.00
RSVP: Let us know how many people you will be bringing by calling (651) 642-1127 or emailing us at comobnp@mtn.org  no later than Monday, October 3, 2011

Welcome!

The mission of the Como Park/Falcon Heights Living at Home/Block Nurse Program is to organize community volunteers, professionals and family members to provide care for their neighborhood seniors in ways that support choice, dignity and independence.

We are Neighbors Helping Neighbors

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