Sacramento Community Services

About Sacramento Community Services

Senior adults in Sacramento seem to be getting younger all the time and they need resources tailored for the aged but not yet elderly.  Sacramento Community Services are abundant, varied, and can help!

The senior population is growing at a faster clip than ever, as a percentage of total population, because of the post-WWII baby boom. Everyone is aware of that. So, there are more services specifically geared toward that population than ever. Seniors are also living longer and need activities that are designed for them. Sacramento has a growing list of services available for people who are passing that senior age barrier and some that might not be expected. Some of the more promising are:

• Activism for senior and favorite causes • Peer counseling and support • Volunteer opportunities

Activism

Seniors probably believe that activism and causes should be left in the adolescence they left forty or so years ago. But, people over sixty have been rising up as a group to make sure that Washington and state houses (such as the one in Sacramento) recognize their extreme voting power. Groups such as the Congress of California Seniors and Senior Legal Hotline like to point out that seniors tend to vote at a much greater rate than other age groups and they are willing to use those votes to support causes of which they approve. Many activism opportunities exist.

Counseling & Support

The area Agency on Aging provides an outlet and advocacy for seniors. They provide many services among which are counseling for various issues and support (including a variety of support groups) for those who cannot find adequate support some place else. Contact the Sacramento agency to find out what they offer in this vein. You may also be able to volunteer as a peer counselor for needy seniors.

Volunteerism

Where do seniors want to volunteer. Hospitals, police forces and fire departments have always used seniors to assist the public, but there are more pressing needs. Meals on Wheels and Sutter Delivered Meals both ask seniors to volunteer and take meals to shut-ins who need them. It is important that people who are familiar with the issues of people their own age and can relate to them. A senior volunteer can sit and visit with a shut-in and provide more than just a meal. The emotional support can prove invaluable.

Volunteerism, support and activism are just three of the outlets available to the senior needing some activity to fill their retirement years. The community services are available, one just has to ask. Think about how you want to use you time and search the newspaper for a good fit or contact your area agency on aging.

The Sacramento Eldercare Channel is brought to you by Dan Parker and the folks of Right at Home Sacramento.


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