“We all need assistance; we all need a helping hand. No person’s an island.”
Wise Words and a Personal Perspective:
‘Good Afternoon: My name is Wilbur. I am a client at AGE’s Adult Day Care Center. I am 87 years old and a World War II Army Combat Veteran. I served in combat with the infantry in the European Theatre and in the Army of Occupation in Japan. After my military service I was employed in the United States Postal Service from April 1946 until my retirement in January 1985.
When my wife of 56 plus years of marriage passed away in November 2003, I, like so many elderly people had a decision to make. To my good fortune my son and daughter-in-law gave me the opportunity to make my home with them in Austin. Both my son and daughter-in law were still in the workforce. Early in January 2004 my son and I visited Elderhaven (AGE’s Adult Day Health Center)- My first reaction was like most people. Would I like Elderhaven and most of all would staff and clients accept me? Not only was I accepted, but the clients voted me February King and my friend Queen. I had not danced in years, so after we were crowned we danced like royalty.
The Activity Director at AGE’s Adult Day Health Center here in Austin is Theresa. Theresa schedules our activities, and at the start of each month every client receives a calendar of daily activities for the month. Every day we walk and we do exercise. Some of our activities are arts and crafts, music, entertainment, games, trivia, sing-a-longs, dances, and a lot more. All activities help the body, mind, and soul. We have a snack in the morning and in the afternoon.
If you are considering someone who needs day care where you are treated with respect and all clients are treated equally, Elderhaven meets your needs. Clients are from different ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds and we get along great. At Elderhaven we have clients from 30 years of age to the mid 90’s. We pray, laugh, and sometimes shed a tear. I consider my fellow clients my second family.’
It is clients like Wilbur who remind us that community and compassion is so important in absolutely everything that AGE does. For those who don’t know, AGE’s funding (and that of several local non-profits) and ability to provide services to clients was severely damaged this week by the withdrawal of a major supporter. If you would like to join the AGE of Central Texas family by giving towards the direct services that benefit clients like Wilbur, please click here or send a check to AGE at 3710 Cedar St # 2 Austin, TX 78705. Feel free to reach us at www.ageofaustin.org or 512.451.4611.
Thank you for your love and support. And thank you for caring about the older adults of Austin and Central Texas.