Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) has long worked to foster the care and well-being of older adults. This year, LSS officials announced this week, with help from contract awards by the Central Minnesota Council on Aging (CMCOA), older adults will continue to receive the support they need to remain in their homes and active members of their communities.
With contract awards for congregate meals and Meals on Wheels, LSS’ Senior Nutrition will continue helping adults age 60 and older enjoy the benefit of healthy eating. In 2013, nearly 20,000 older adults were served over a million meals. In addition to home-cooked meals and socialization, Senior Nutrition provides older adults with recreational and volunteer opportunities, and referrals for other needed services. Today, about 50 percent of older adults receive home-delivered meals, compared to 25 percent when the program started 40 years ago.
Contract support from CMCOA will also sustain the work of LSS’ Caregiver Support and Respite service, helping caregivers provide quality care for their loved ones, while maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle. In 2013, LSS Caregiver Support and Respite served 479 people through counseling and coaching sessions, support groups, and courses including Powerful Tools for Caregivers.
“We are so thrilled to receive these awards from Central Minnesota Council on Aging,” said Monica Douglas, senior director of Senior Nutrition and Caregiver Support for Lutheran Social Service. “These awards help make it possible for our staff and wonderful volunteers to provide healthy meals, care, and support to older adults, keeping them in their homes for as long as possible. We are so appreciative of CMCOA’s recognition and support of our work.”
For a comprehensive list of all services for older adults, visit www.lssmn.org/olderadults or call the Senior LinkAge Line at 1.800.333.2433.