Valuable resource available for aging adults
By Patte Smith; courtesy photo
Aging Resources of Douglas County (ARDC) is a valuable resource for older adults and their families – offering guidance to programs and organizations that are needed as individuals age.
“Let’s get the word out that ARDC is here to help find services,” stated Lori Gloer, director of community engagement for ARDC.
While the organization assists with resources, volunteers help to keep their mission alive. Being a companion, offering transportation and spreading the word, volunteers with their voices of advocacy and donation of time are vital in supporting ARDC’s mission.
“Transportation is the number one need in Douglas County for older adults,” noted Gloer. “Many individuals stop driving because of physical disabilities or poor eyesight. For others, the expense of a car may be too much, especially given that many are on a fixed income. It is a critical concern for them in maintaining their independence,” she continued.
ARDC volunteers provide more than 1,000 rides every month. They need more volunteers to help by offering safe and affordable transportation.
“Volunteers are the heart of our organization,” Gloer stresses. “By volunteering, giving a donation or a sponsorship – it helps older adults retain their independence and gracefully age in place. Many feel isolated and companions help immensely to fill a void.”
During COVID lockdown, ARDC received a private donation and a grant that allowed them to purchase Amazon Echo Show devices and Apple iPads for isolated older adults to connect virtually with family, friends, and volunteer companions.
“To everyone at Aging Resources, I want to thank you for coming by on my birthday,” an 85-year-old individual who receives services stated. “I was so surprised – thank you for the good cake and for giving us a ride when needed. Thanks to all of you – we need somebody very much who is warm and friendly to make us aware that there are people who care.”
ARDC directs individuals to various resources, such as aging education, rural outreach, handyman services, food assistance that is administered through Douglas County Human Services and housing, only to name a very few. For more information and the comprehensive ARDC Resource Guide, visit www.agingresourcesdougco.org.