Jan 21 Care Mission
A Day of Service
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve." Today's your day to be great.
The Facts: Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.”
Aging seniors are more at risk for certain things like isolation, limited mobility, and chronic conditions. Even if you are a senior yourself, you can help others who may be in need. During this day of service, here are ways you can give back by helping older adults in your community.
Volunteer at your local senior center. Senior centers serve within communities and help seniors stay active and independent longer. According to the National Council on Aging, compared with their peers, senior center participants have higher levels of health, social interaction, and life satisfaction. Almost 10,000 senior centers serve more than 1 million older adults every day.
Work at your local food bank. According to Feeding America, Seniors face many unique medical and mobility challenges that put them at a greater risk of hunger. Some are forced to make the tough choice between buying food and medicine, and others struggle to prepare foods as they once did. By contributing to your local food bank, you are also helping seniors in your community meet their nutritional needs.
Help a senior in your neighborhood. Shovel a driveway, drive a senior to a pharmacy, stop by for a visit, or bring dinner. You don’t have to volunteer through an official program to serve others.
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