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No one should ever grow old alone.
Every year, older adults are welcomed with open arms at Salvation Army Corps Community Centers across the country.
The senior demographic of our population is growing, and The Salvation Army has several programs designed to meet their needs.
Rather than simply allowing these wonderful men and women - who are so often the most vulnerable members of our communities - to fend for themselves against loneliness and depression, we organize community meals, offer joyful activities, visit the homebound and even provide affordable residential facilities for seniors.
Every Salvation Army Corps Community Center reaches out to the senior citizens in their community differently to meet their specific needs. Through localized programs, older adults can gather together to share interests, develop new skills and enjoy the company of their peers.
Adopt A Senior
If you're too busy to volunteer daily--The Salvation Army invites you to Adopt-a-Grandparent. The Meals That Heal Program in the San Francisco has expanded to include friendly visits, birthday/Christmas cards and phone calls. For more information, or to adopt a senior yourself, please contact Eleanor Katopes at (415) 440-HEAL
Nutritious meals are available for seniors at Salvation Army congregate meal sites. In some communities, meal delivery programs serve those who are not well enough to leave their homes.
Engaging the minds and bodies of seniors helps keep them feeling young, active and happy. At The Salvation Army, they can enjoy educational classes, kindle friendships over lunch, relive their youth with dances, take pre-retirement seminars and countless other activities.
The Salvation Army operates several residential facilities for older adults, providing not only living quarters, but also an atmosphere of love, acceptance and encouragement.
Adult Day Care Centers
Mental and physical disabilities can take a toll on older adults, as well as their spouses and providers. Knowing this, The Salvation Army provides adult day care programs where those who are unable to take care of themselves can enjoy activities and friendships, while their providers are given the opportunity to take care of other life matters for a few hours.