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September 2017

  • Awe-inspiring!

    September 7, 2017

    The eclipse of August 21 was the buzz of the town for weeks beforehand and for several days afterwards. Everyone I spoke with who saw the eclipse talked about how amazing it was, and how it made you realize what a small part of this enormous universe we are. It truly was a magical, awe-inspiring...

June 2017

  • Celebrating Independence

    June 29, 2017

    As our country is celebrating its independence, we are grateful that we can celebrate a senior’s independence as part of our mission. Senior Resources’ mission is all about fostering independence and helping seniors remain at home as long as they can safely do so. Many of our staff are helping...

  • County Council steps up for seniors

    June 9, 2017

    For the last decade or so, Senior Resources has maintained a waiting list for its Meals on Wheels service. We simply didn’t have enough funding to meet the needs in the community. Although we worked hard to secure additional funding from a variety of sources, as the senior population grew, so did...

May 2017

  • Good news from Washington....at least for now

    May 9, 2017

    Last week, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2017, which funds the federal government. This bill eases some of the uncertainty that has existed around federal funding for senior programs, at least through the end of the current fiscal year. Through this Act, Congress funded: A $3...

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...

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