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May presents us many reasons to celebrate.
This month, we honor our mothers and welcome the unofficial start to summer.
Here at Meals on Wheels of RI—and at like organizations across the country—we dedicate May to celebrating older Americans and all those who work to improve their quality of life during Older Americans Month.
For 55 years, the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging has led efforts to raise public awareness of the needs of our nation’s elders during May by encouraging engagement surrounding the senior community.
This year’s Older Americans Month theme, Engage at Every Age, focuses on the ways in which our seniors are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection. We know all too well that social engagement is a critical component of remaining healthy and that Meals on Wheels of RI seniors and other homebound clients face the threat of social isolation every day.
That is one reason our Home Delivered Meal Program is so critical to the health of this rapidly growing population. We deliver not only a nutritious meal—which sometimes is the only meal one of our seniors has all day—but also a vital safety check and friendly visit with a trained volunteer. For many of our clients, that visit is the only one they have on a regular basis.
We also offer the more mobile senior the opportunity to dine in a social setting through our Capital City Café Program. Our seniors who gather for a meal with friends at one of our seven café sites throughout the Providence area enjoy a healthy meal, conversation and the sense of community that is so vital to their mental health.
As we celebrate Older Americans Month, we’re asking you to engage with us across our social channels—Facebook, Instagram and Twitter—to show your support for our organization and the seniors we serve. Post a selfie with the hashtags #selfieyoursupport, #mealsonwheelsri and #OA18, and we’ll share your post.
With your help, we can increase awareness of the continuing and growing need for our services.
Last year, we delivered over 340,000 meals to more than 2,500 Rhode Islanders across the state. As our senior population dramatically increases over the next decade, the need for our services—to seniors who have lived, worked, raised families and volunteered in our communities—could exponentially rise.
Please help us illustrate that Rhode Islanders support our homebound seniors. Please help us engage.