While Aging Partners has closed its facilities and cancelled events in Lancaster County, Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird reminded the public today that many of the agency's services continue. Today, the Mayor and Aging Partners announced the new Sunshine Kids for Seniors Project to connect kids with home-bound seniors during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The project encourages kids to create artwork that will be shared with older adults in a safe way.
"Our older adults are among those most at risk from COVID-19, and many are wisely following the advice of health professionals to stay at home and away from others," said Mayor Gaylor Baird. "Unfortunately, this exacerbates the loneliness they feel. This project will use technology to safely connect kids with our seniors to lift their spirits and bring smiles to everyone involved."
The Sunshine Kids for Seniors Project involves three simple steps:
Aging Partners continues to work with Tabitha to deliver meals to vulnerable seniors in their homes. Since mid-March, about 6,500 meals have been delivered. Aging Partners Director Randy Jones said the agency continues to provide important information and referral services to government and community programs and resources. He said the agency is working with more than 800 of the most low-income seniors who have medical needs through a waiver program. Those needing assistance may call 402-441-7070. He also asked for the public's help to keep older residents safe and healthy.
"It's important for family and friends to contact the older adults in their lives to check on them and offer help," Jones said. "A simple phone call just to visit can provide much needed assurance and comfort during this time of great uncertainty."