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March 2017

  • How do we measure success? One meal at a time

    March 20, 2017

    Last week, the President sent his budget to Congress, and although his budget is short on details, the facts that we do have are concerning, considering that in South Carolina, the number of seniors is expected to double between 2010 and 2040. Under the President’s budget, several Federal programs...

  • Summit on Aging began an important conversation

    March 6, 2017

    On February 22, Senior Resources sponsored the Summit on Aging, the first event held to celebrate its 50th anniversary. By all accounts, it was a great success. About 140 people attended, including vendors, presenters, healthcare professionals, senior care providers, and seniors themselves. We had...

January 2017

  • 1967-2017: Celebrating 50 years of serving seniors

    January 11, 2017

    2017 will be special for Senior Resources. The Richland-Lexington Council on Aging was chartered in 1967 to serve older adults in Richland and Lexington Counties. So 2017 marks our 50th year in service to seniors! We began by operating a senior center that served both Richland and Lexington...

November 2016

  • Baby, it's cold outside

    November 30, 2016

    It’s December. It’s supposed to be cold outside, but as I write this, it’s really not. I’m sitting at my desk with my window open, enjoying 75° breezes coming in through the window. By the time you read this, I’m just as likely to be sitting at my desk with a scarf and boots on because the weather...

  • Taking care of seniors in an emergency

    November 9, 2016

    Last year, I wrote about our response to the devastating floods in October 2015. Fast forward 12 months, and we again faced a threat. Although the floods in October 2015 were a surprise, impacts from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 were anticipated and predicted. You may wonder what we do to...

September 2016

  • Flood waters receded to reveal new ways to serve

    September 27, 2016

    I remember a Friday about a year ago, when we had no idea of what was about to come. Over the course of that October weekend, Hurricane Joaquin struck the South Carolina coast and resulted in devastating flooding in the Midlands. By Sunday, it became apparent that we would not be able to deliver...

August 2016

  • The Dog Days of Summer

    August 30, 2016

    We’ve just finished the dog days of summer. I used to think that the dog days of summer referred to the hottest days of summer when dogs would lie around panting through the heat. The real meaning goes back to the Greeks observing a star in the dog constellation, which happened in July and August...

July 2016

  • Columbia! Let's Do Lunch

    July 12, 2016

    More than 10 million seniors in the United States (that’s 1 in 6) currently face the threat of hunger and 15 million seniors are living alone in isolation. And, each and every day, Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver one million meals to those who need them the most. In Richland County, more than 18...

June 2016

  • Independence is Happiness

    June 30, 2016

    It’s Independence Day! The Fourth of July, otherwise known as Independence Day has a special meaning. It is, of course, about our great country gaining independence from British rule. For the clients of Senior Resources, every day is Independence Day. The services we offer -- from volunteer...

  • Help seniors beat the heat this summer

    June 6, 2016

    Summer doesn’t officially start until June 20, but the heat and humidity have already moved in. The heat can be dangerous for seniors, who are especially vulnerable during the summer. People’s ability to notice changes in their body temperature decreases with age. Many seniors have chronic health...

May 2016

  • What's in it for me?

    May 5, 2016

    What’s In It For Me? That’s a natural question you may ask when someone wants you to do something. In this case, I’m talking about volunteering. Why should you volunteer? Volunteering is good for your mind and body. Volunteering provides you a sense of purpose. Many studies have also shown that...

April 2016

  • One senior on one waiting list is too many

    April 11, 2016

    Approximately 33,000 seniors live in or near poverty in Richland County. More than 18% or approximately 18,200 seniors in Richland County are hungry and face food insecurity, and the percentage of seniors experiencing hunger continues to grow each year. We need your help. Senior Resources currently...

March 2016

  • Bring a little luck to a local senior

    March 4, 2016

    Martha is 85 years old. She lives alone, having outlived her husband. She has family here in Columbia -- they work and take care of their own children, but they check on her daily, take her to appointments, help with her bills, and worry constantly about what would happen if she fell. Martha...

February 2016

  • One is the loneliest number

    February 3, 2016

    For the third Valentine’s Day in a row, we are looking forward to receiving love letters from across the country for our seniors. Let’s face it, getting older can be lonely. In fact, about 5,100 seniors in Richland County live alone and face isolation. DoSomething is one of the largest global...

January 2016

  • Measuring Success in 2016

    January 5, 2016

    Who hasn’t made a New Year’s resolution and then abandoned it by the end of January? I used to do this a lot when I was younger, but experience has taught me about goals and resolutions. To meet a goal, it needs to be specific, there needs to be a way to measure it, and it needs to be reasonable...