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New program lets us be 'Santa to a Senior'
Clackamas Review - 12/12/2017
Home Instead Senior Care is inviting the community to come together to bring some comfort and holiday cheer to the area's elderly through its Be a Santa to a Senior program.
A recent article in the Industrial Psychiatry Journal shows isolated seniors are at greater risk for loneliness, anxiety and depression.
"The holidays are a prime time for many people to feel lonely, and that may be especially true for seniors who cannot travel from their homes or have lost their support network," said Aimee Roth of the local Home Instead Senior Care office. "With Be a Santa to a Senior, we are able to bring them some comfort through a thoughtful gift that they might not otherwise receive but, more importantly, by delivering them with a warm friendly face and kind words reminding them that their community cares about them."
The local Home Instead Senior Care office has partnered with Fred Meyer, Store-to-Door, Hollywood Senior Center, Providence ElderPlace Glendoveer, Canby Adult Center, Regency Park Gresham, Porthaven Healthcare Center, and Cascade Terrace Nursing Center to help with gift collection and distribution.
Holiday shoppers are invited to support Be a Santa to a Senior by visiting a participating location where Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be on display through Dec. 15. The trees will be decorated with paper ornaments featuring seniors' first names and their desired gifts. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift, and return it to the store with the ornament attached. Community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts to local seniors in time for the holidays.
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Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations:
n Home Instead Senior Care, 45 82nd Drive, Suite 53, Gladstone.
n Fred Meyer Happy Valley, 17005 S.E. Sunnyside Road
n Fred Meyer Johnson Creek, 8955 S.E. 82nd Ave.
n Fred Meyer Oregon City, 1839 Molalla Ave.