Golden Connections Community Center, Let’s Do Lunch: Volunteer with Meals on Wheels
More than 10 million seniors in the United States (that’s 1 in 6) currently face the threat of hunger and 15 million seniors are living alone in isolation. And, each and every day, Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver one million meals to those who need them the most.
Many people know Meals on Wheels as a food delivery service for the homebound. However, what they don’t know is how impactful the moments of contact between the volunteer and the recipient can be. For many seniors, the volunteer who drops off their meal is the only person they will see that day. The delivery isn’t just about nourishment; it’s about a valuable moment of human connection. And in turn, it’s those moments of human connection that make volunteering so rewarding.
We know firsthand that Meals on Wheels clients are some of the country’s most inspirational and interesting people, full of wisdom and stories. Our volunteers have noted time and again that these experiences are what keeps them coming back to Meals on Wheels, and deepens their connection beyond food delivery.
With the senior population projected to double by 2050, Meals on Wheels needs to recruit a whole new wave of volunteers to serve the growing need. Meals on Wheels, which consists of more than 5,000 local programs in virtually every community in America, relies on an army of two million volunteers who deliver meals to seniors in need every day between 11am-1pm. These volunteers are crucial to the well-being of seniors across the country. With the majority of the current volunteer base over the age of 55, there is a real need to encourage and recruit people of all ages to get involved, donate their lunch break and volunteer.
What can you do? You can experience these special moments of human connection right here in Red Lion by volunteering with the Golden Connections Community Center, Inc. If you can’t stray too far from the office, donate your lunch break and participate in meal delivery close to your work.
Sign up to volunteer with Golden Connections Community Center and start making a difference right here in our local community today. Potential volunteers please contact Tanika Colson, Meal Coordinator, at 717-244-7229 X 104 or MealCoordinator@gcccenter.com for more information.
Get Help Navigating Medicare
The York County Area Agency on Aging’s APPRISE Program will offer free personalized counseling during Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period, which begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7.
The annual enrollment period is when Medicare beneficiaries can review their coverage and determine if health and prescription plans continue to meet their needs. By comparing plans and making changes by Dec. 7, Medicare will have enough time to process those changes to ensure that the new coverage will begin on Jan. 1, 2018.
Medicare beneficiaries throughout the annual enrollment period will be able to receive one-on-one counseling assistance offered by trained APPRISE counselors at different locations throughout York County. Pre-scheduled appointments are necessary and can be made by calling the APPRISE scheduling line at (717) 771-9042 or 1-800-632-9073.
Dates and locations for the sessions are as follows:
Oct. 18 Red Land High School
1 to 2:30 p.m. 560 Fishing Creek Road, Fairview Township
Oct. 19 St John the Baptist Catholic Church
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 315 N. Constitution Ave., New Freedom Borough
Oct. 23 and Nov. 13 West York Area High School 4 to 6 p.m.
1800 Bannister St., West Manchester Township
Oct. 24 and Nov. 14 Spring Grove High School
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1490 Roth’s Church Road, Jackson Township
Oct. 25 and Nov. 29 South Western High School
4 to 6:15 p.m. 200 Bowman Road, Penn Township
Oct. 31 Kennard-Dale High School
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 393 Main St., Fawn Township
Nov. 2 Dallastown Area High School
4 to 6 p.m. 700 New School Lane, York Township
Nov. 8 South Central Senior Center
12 to 2:15 p.m. 150 E. Main St., New Freedom Borough
Nov. 9 and Nov. 30 York Suburban High School 4 to 6 p.m.
1800 Hollywood Drive, Spring Garden Township
Nov. 15 Northeastern High School
1 to 4 p.m. 300 High St., Manchester
Nov. 20 Red Lion Area High School
9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 200 Horace Mann Ave., Red Lion
Dec. 4, 5 and Dec. 6 York County Area Agency on Aging
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 100 West Market St., York
Earlier this month, Feeding America and The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) released The State of Senior Hunger in America in 2015, a study on food insecurity among seniors in the U.S. The report shows that 5.4 million seniors age 60 or older (8.1 percent) were food insecure in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available.
In addition, researchers found the following characteristics of seniors who struggle to meet their nutritional needs:
- Seniors who are racial or ethnic minorities, low-income or younger vs. older (age 60-69 vs. age 80+) were most likely to be affected by some level of food insecurity.
- Seniors who reported a disability were disproportionately affected, with 25% reporting food insecurity and an additional 13% reporting marginal food security.
- Senior food insecurity rates vary by state, ranging from 2.9% in North Dakota to 15.6% in Louisiana. When seniors who experience marginal food security are included, total rates vary from 6.1% in North Dakota to 24.3% in Mississippi. Seniors living in the South are more likely to experience food insecurity than seniors living in other parts of the country.
- Food insecurity adversely affects a person’s health, and the implications can be particularly problematic for seniors. Compared to food-secure seniors, food-insecure seniors:
- Consume fewer calories and lower quantities of key nutrients.
- Are more likely to experience negative health conditions, including depression, asthma, and chest pain.
In examining the extent of the threat of hunger nationally among seniors in 2015, the report also provides the rates of senior hunger in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Download the Executive Summary and Full Report Here!
Meals on Wheels Phone Scam Affecting PA Seniors
Reading, PA—Berks Encore would like to alert Berks County senior citizens to a new Meals on Wheels scam. Berks Encore Meals on Wheels clients have reported being contacted by scammers claiming to represent Meals on Wheels; the scammers request personal information.
The scammer asks the individual to provide information about his/her home, home ownership status, rent/mortgage information, and bank account information. Targeted individuals reported that the caller knew a variety of personal details, including the names of their children and financial institution. These calls are fraudulent and no personal information should be provided to the callers.
“This is yet another scam trying to get bank account and other information from seniors,” states LuAnn Oatman, President/CEO of Berks Encore and President of Meals on Wheels Association of Pennsylvania. “Representatives of Berks Encore’s Meals on Wheels staff will not call homebound clients requesting on the status of your mortgage, rent, or bank balances. Qualifications for the Berks Encore Meals on Wheels program do not require a financial report.”
Phone scams are not new, although often scammers find new, creative ways to create a compelling story. Never give personal information like your social security number or banking information ove rhte phone, and be suspicious of calls from people who claim to represent official agencies and then request personal information. Check your bank statement for any unusual charges. Remember that scare tactics are a red flag; if anyone threatens that your Meals on Wheels or other coverage may be taken away by not cooperating, hang up the phone immediately.
Medicare scam Reports from Wyoming County, Pa state that an individual misrepresenting himself as a Medicare agent is making appointments for house visits with beneficiaries to discuss their benefits. The individual drives a silver Jeep Liberty with a New York license plate. The individual allegedly introduces himself as Barry Felps or Phelps.
This is a scam. Remember:
- Medicare representatives never schedule house calls with beneficiaries
- Medicare representatives never contact beneficiaries to obtain medicare numbers or sell products
- Never share your Medicare information with any stranger who calls, visits, or approaches you in a public setting
For more information, or to report a scam, call the PA-SMP. Help is free and confidential.
Golden Connections Community Center
(formerly Red Lion Area Senior Center)
20C Gotham Place
Red Lion, PA 17356
Executive Director: Heather Goebeler
Phone: (717) 244-7229
Hours: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM