Press Release: SENIORS STUCK WAITING FOR WHEELCHAIRS, WALKERS

SENIORS STUCK WAITING FOR WHEELCHAIRS, WALKERS

Donation drive hopes to help over 170 seniors

Austin, Texas—Over 170 low-income seniors and people with disabilities are waiting for assistance to receive mobility equipment, like wheelchairs, walkers, or shower chairs. The nonprofit organization providing assistance is reaching out to the community for help through a donation drive.

AGE, a senior service organization, collects medical mobility equipment, like wheelchairs, walkers, and shower chairs, for low-income seniors and people with disabilities in Central Texas. In 2011, the HELP (Health Equipment Lending Program) gave over 2500 items to Central Texans, for free, to help them stay safe in the community.

In the last few months, donations have slowed down, leaving 172 low-income seniors languishing on the waiting list. Without these items, seniors may not be able to leave their home, go grocery shopping, and may be at risk for falling in their homes.

The most needed items include: Walkers with seats (cost $100-$200). Wheelchairs (cost $300-$600), Shower chairs (cost $40),  and Hand-held showerheads (cost $20).

The nonprofit is hosting a month –long donation drive in February, and calling on the community to collect unneeded items to give to older adults in their community. HELP volunteer Jayne Schurick adds “it’s great that this medical and mobility equipment, donated by local folks, will be put to good use, helping those who need it most. Why send a good item like a walker to the landfill, when there are people here who need it?”

Community members can bring donations to the Historic AGE Building, or to the annual Clear Your Clutter event at Bethany United Methodist Church on January 28th. All donations are tax-deductible and will make the community safer for seniors.

Video and Photo opportunities available at events:

  • Saturday, January 29: Clear Your Clutter Day

10am-2pm at Bethany United Methodist (10010 Anderson Mill Road, Austin)

Got lots of clutter? HELP will be collecting mobility assistance devices (wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, shower chairs, etc.) at NAPO-Austin’s 6th annual Clear Your Clutter Day.  Please visit http://napoaustin.com/ or www.ageofaustin.org for more info!

  • Thursday February 2: H.E.L.P for Seniors Month Proclamation

5:30pm at Austin City Hall (301 W. Second Street, Austin, TX)

Join us for the official kick-off event for HELP for Seniors Month at proclamation by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell.

Saturdays in February: Saturday donation drive

10am-1pm at the Historic AGE Building (3710 Cedar Street)

Bring by your gently used wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs, and other mobility assistance items. All donations are tax-deductible.

  •  Monday February 20: Little Helping Hands volunteer opportunity

10am-1pm at the Historic AGE Building (3710 Cedar Street)

Children of all ages can join us for a creative art project designed to brighten up a senior’s day. Visit Little Helping Hands website to sign up: http://littlehelpinghands.org/volunteer/event-calendar/


CONTACT:  Nicole Sarkar

Development Director

Office: 512.451.4611 ext. 223

nsarkar@ageofaustin.org

AGE (Austin Groups for the Elderly) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has been serving Austin’s elderly, their families, and caregivers since 1986.  Our programs include the Health Equipment Lending Program, Elderhaven Adult Day Health Centers of Central Texas, The Caregivers Resource Center, New Connections, Austin Computer Learning Center, and the Historic AGE Building. Visit our website at www.ageofaustin.org.

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