Get Involved in Your Community with Sourcewise 

Jan 26, 2024 | Newsletter, Winter 2024

The Sourcewise Intergenerational Activities Volunteer Program recently kicked off in Fall 2023. The program aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness among older adults through activities that connect volunteers of all ages with older adults residing in Santa Clara County. By facilitating connections between generations and filling in gaps of social support, the program also allows individuals to share individual talents and experiences while enriching the entire community.  

Activities range from one-on-one home visits to group beautification projects. In September, a group of five high school students from Ann Sobrato High School in Morgan Hill participated in a 12-week Digital Literacy pilot project. This innovative activity allowed students to provide one-on-one technology training to older adults on Saturday mornings.  

In October, volunteers completed the first Home Beautification project by helping an older adult with physical challenges in completing extensive yardwork. Volunteer groups can help improve the living environments of older adults in Santa Clara County by lending a hand with impactful home maintenance projects. From gardening to furniture building, organizing and decorating, these activities can help enhance the living spaces of older adults. 

As part of the Home Visits project, older adults who are seeking more social engagement can be matched with volunteers. Volunteers can commit to at least three months of friendly visits to share a hobby, conversation, or activity with older adults who are socially isolated.  

If you are passionate about having meaningful connections with older adults, consider signing up to volunteer with the Intergenerational Activities program with Sourcewise. Your involvement can contribute to the well-being of older adults in our community.  

To learn more about volunteering with Sourcewise, contact one of our Volunteer Coordinators at volunteer@mysourcewise.com 

Lung Cancer Screening

Medicare Part B covers lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) if the individual meets all the following criteria:

  • Aged 55 to 77
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Current smoker or quit smoking within the past 15 years
  • Tobacco smoking history averaging one pack per day for 20 years (“20 pack-years”)
  • An order from a doctor or healthcare provider

Take advantage of these preventative services offered by Medicare by asking for them for yourself or your loved one. In this way, older adults can reduce their risk of developing substance abuse disorders or mitigate its effects to maintain healthier lifestyles.

References

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020, July). Substance use in older adults drugfacts. Substance Use in Older Adults DrugFacts | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (nih.gov)
  2. gov. (n.d.). Preventive & screening services. preventive services (medicare.gov)

 

This project was supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $94,686 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.