New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 1, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, May I. 1W1 _ _ HeraMi Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas Page SA
Senior citizens continue making waves
Wayne’s Gardens recently gave the New Braunfels Rotary Club a heritage oak, which in turn was given to the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation to plant at their now-under-renovation new location. From left is Barry Moore, president of NB Rotary Club, Bob Dingel-dein, member of the board of directors of Comal County Senior Citizen’s Foundation; Los Thorn, president of the foundation; David Duhon, of Wayne’s Gardens; and Herb Kraft of the senior’s center. (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson)
Our numbers are growing. We seniors increased by 25 percent in just the last decade, and our total over the age of 75 rose by 42 percent. It’s to be expected, then, that we and our concerns are going to be noticed by government, its lawmakers and its agencies.
Polly Sowell, executive director of the Texas Department on Aging, reports in Aging Digest that while the state was providing the department with $5.6 million, the people we were serving contributed over $8 million. So year, more than 27 percent of all older Texans are in need of at least a little help to continue living in their own homes and maintaining their dignity. Still, on the whole, we’re paying our way.
In some areas, we’re doing more. In 1990, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program received $575,000 in support from the state while volunteers worked nearly 4 million hours. At minimum wage, these hours were worth more than $11 million, or a $19 return on every dollar invested. We’re making waves — the good kind.
More funds are being requested for senior programs that help older citizens to help themselves: Foster Grandparents, Senior Texans Employment Program, Senior Companions, and Options for Independent Living.
Foster Grandparents work with at-risk youth in institutions and detention centers, sharing their love and experience with disadvantaged children who have perhaps had no personal contact with a caring adult. The foster grandparent can make a real difference in a young person’s live, and the
The Mission Valley Extension Homemakers Club are making a $1,000 donation to the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation for the new senior's center on Landa Street. Pictured from left are Charlie Cook, architect for the center; Durwood Peterson, laborer; Normaly Fischbeck, president of the MVEHC; Bob Dingeldein, member of the foundation board of directors; Pearl Marion, MVEHC treasurer and Less Thorne, foundation president. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
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ELECT JOE KUEHLER CITY COUNCIL - DISTRICT 3 “LOOKING TO THE FUTURE’
I pledge to provide conservative leadership with fairness, diligence and integrity. My earnest commitment to address the issues includes a desire to listen to your opinions on the challenges we face:
‘getting the most benefit from tax dollars,
‘protecting our environment and conserving water, with emphasis on safeguarding the flow of Comal Springs,
‘supporting our police and fire departments,
‘maintaining our heritage through controlled growth,
‘continuing the downtown re vitalization efforts and promoting the local economy and commerce.
As a fourth generation native of New Braunfels, I have a strong love and concern for the citizens of this community. I will apreciate your vote.
VOTE MAY 4 NEW BRAUNFELS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
By IDA SING
about 25 percent in her case.
We seniors are used to helping ourselves and each other, we are not shy about saying that we warn to continue to do so, and that makes waves.
SENIOR SAVVY: “Gittin’ old ain’t no big deal; anybody can do it if they got the time.”—Cowpoke
Ida Sing it a freelance writer rending rn New Braunfels.
adult earns a small salary to subsidize Social Security or other pension.
Some of us are serving as Senior Companions, helping frail and homebound elderly to remain in their own homes and out of nursing homes. Others work 20 hours a week as STEP employees, keeping off welfare rolls and becoming productive, taxpaying citizens while providing strategic services.
Of the 28 agencies on aging, only 14 are providing the services of Options for Independent Living in 63 counties. It provides short-term, in-home support services for older people who might have no other help and be forced to stay in a hospital or nursing home while recovering. A look at what was done through this program for an 87-year-old woman illustrates the reason that more funds are being requested by Texas Department of Aging.
She lived alone, and when she was released from a hospital she had no family or friends to help her with basic tasks she was temporarily unable to do for herself. Enter, the Options case manager who arranged for a personal care worker, a nurse, and a volunteer to come and help as needed. She also arranged to have a hot meal delivered each day and got the loan of equipment needed to help the lady until she became mobile again. A personal emergency response system gave the patient confidence to remain alone.
This kind of care costs money of course, but less than half of what it would have cost had the lady been moved to a nursing home instead of to the familiar comfort of her own home. As other recipients of Opuons services do, she paid what she could,
I believe that the school district is obligated to give our children the best education possible at the lowest possible tax rate to the taxpayers, and to be able to justify the need for those tax dollars.
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