Isabel Taylor, a 90 widow who lives on less than $1,000/month, is frail and alone. She says that her participation in the Lake Shore Golden Age Center, gives her a daily purpose and provides her with the necessary support to continue to live independently. She is one of the more than 5,000 elderly who live in the Cleveland community served by the Golden Age Centers of Greater Cleveland.
Five days a week, community donations to the Golden Age Centers, provide free transportation, a nutritious hot meal (for many, the only meal they will eat all day) and a variety of social and educational services. 55% of the seniors served by the GAC live alone, 72% are women, 90% or more live below the poverty level, and 98% of the home delivered meal clients are eligible for nursing home care. Many participants have multiple disabilities such as cognitive impairment, physical limitations, and hearing and visual impairments. Without the support of the GAC, this vulnerable population would face insurmountable obstacles.
Come hear the stories of Isabel and so many like her, who benefit from GAC programs which promote independence, alleviates loneliness and isolation, and defines what a caring society is truly about. Help support the Golden Age Centers by attending the GAC's Annual Meeting, 3/22 or by sending in a donation via How You Can Help on our website.
"The true measure of any society is how it treats its most vulnerable members."
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