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Coyle & Wytychak Elder Law will be closed on November 12, 2018 in honor of Veterans’ Day.
On November 13, 2018, the Lake City Center will host “Know the 10 Signs” of Alzheimer’s Disease at 1 p.m. The program is free and no reservations required. Lunch at noon prior to the program is free with a suggested donation of $4 for age 60+ or $7 for under 60.
We will also be closed on November 22nd and 23rd for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Lake City Senior Center is now offering smartphone classes! For more information, visit http://www.lakecitycenter.org/.
The Alzheimer’s Association and the Kroc Center host the Memory Café on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Kroc Center Café. It’s a safe place for those with memory loss and their friends and family to enjoy a favorite drink with others. Contact PJ Christo at (208) 666-2996 for more information.
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What I didn’t know about meals on wheels by Kate Coyle
In September, I was honored to be elected to the board of the Lake City Center, Coeur d’ Alene’s Senior Center. The Lake City Center is one of several senior centers in Kootenai County that provides meals to senior citizens, either at the centers or in their homes through the Meals on Wheels program. Through my education as a new board member, I have learned a great deal about Kootenai County’s Meals on Wheels program. It sounds like a kitschy term, but until recently I didn’t realize what a vital service it provides to our neighbors and loved ones.
Meals on Wheels is a very important service that is provided to our community. It is a program that delivers free or very inexpensive meals to individuals at home who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals. Meals on Wheels originated in 1947 in Great Britain during the Blitz, when many people lost their homes and therefore the ability to cook their own food. The concept of delivering meals to those unable to prepare their own evolved into the modern programs that deliver mostly to the housebound elderly for free or with donations. In the United States, it originated in 1954 in Philadelphia where a small group of neighbors joined forces to support the seniors in their community. In Coeur d’ Alene, Meals on Wheels is run by the Lake City Senior Center. The Post Falls program is run by the Post Falls Senior Center. There are also programs in Spirit Lake, Worley, and Rathdrum. Locally, it is funded by the Area Agency on Aging and North Idaho College.
Meals on Wheels programs provide not only food, but also independence and autonomy. These meals allow for many seniors to remain at home longer than they may be able to otherwise. Also, the daily visit from the volunteer provides a “wellness check” on some of our vulnerable and isolated community members. If the driver notices the newspapers stacked up on the porch or no one answering the door, red flags are raised. According to the website mealsonwheelsamerica.org, the program combats the three biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation, and loss of independence.
In this season of giving, you may be looking for a reputable charity to donate to or volunteer with. Meals on Wheels programs are always looking for volunteers to help deliver meals and visit with the recipients for a few moments. Sometimes, this is the only in- person contact that a person receives throughout the day! If you would like more information, please contact the Lake City Senior Center at (208) 667-4628, the Post Falls Senior Center at (208) 773-9582, or your local Meals on Wheels Program Administrator. As the national Meals on Wheels slogan states, “Let’s do lunch, America!”