Recently I had the occasion to visit the local MAC Center, Maintaining Active Citizens, and received a prsonal tour of the facility. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to speak to many citizens who use the facility on a daily basis and listen to how important the programs are to them.
The Richard A. Henson Wellness Center offers a wide variety of programs and services targeted toward addressing the health concerns and needs of older persons. The center’s goal is to enable and to empower members to be physically active and to maintain and enhance their level of independence.
The Senior Health Program offers health promotion and disease prevention activities designed to promote and maintain the older person’s levels of physical and mental well-being. Various activities include health fairs, nutrition screening & counseling, blood pressure screening, dance and movement classes.
Meals on Wheels
The Home-Delivered Meal program, better known as Meals on Wheels, provides a critical service to the home-bound, frail elderly, with the goal of improving health through adequate nutrition, and helping them to age in place. The program is open to those age 60 and older who are not able to get food and prepare their own meals due to illness or physical disabilities.
Program staff not only deliver a noon meal, but also serve as a safety check for these frail seniors who live alone. Because the frail elderly are at an increased risk of medical emergencies, falls and accidents, the routine meal delivery ensures that in case of an emergency, someone is coming into the home.
Meal deliveries also help break the isolation, as the meal drivers may be the senior’s only contact with the outside world. In addition, the Meals on Wheels drivers serve as a link to other community resources that may be needed.
There are others meals that are served in a community setting such as senior centers and offer seniors an opportunity to engage in other activities while having a nutritious meal.
I encourage our seniors to explore MAC’s programs.