Honoring Relationships Through Charitable Giving
June 10th, 2020 Favil West
If there’s one thing we’ve learned during the past few months of quarantine, it’s the importance of relationships. Heart-warming photos of grandparents inside their homes waving at grandchildren as they peeked through the windows permeated social media pages.
And then there were the heart-wrenching photos of COVID-19 patients lying in hospital beds, taking their last breaths with a nurse at the bedside. Family members—even spouses—remained home, unable to spend the last few moments with their loved one.
Yes, there is a silver lining in the dark cloud of this viral environment, and that’s the awakening we’ve experienced with regard to the important things in life.
This has been top of mind for me the last couple decades, and it’s one of the driving forces that created The Foundation Assisting Seniors. My founding partner, Chuck Davis, and I always thought seniors and veterans who want to remain in their homes, interacting frequently with family, friends, and neighbors, should be enabled to do so.
The reality, though, is that they need support to make it happen. Mobility equipment is critical to help them move around their homes comfortably and safely. The Foundation’s durable medical equipment loan program plays a key role.
Family members, concerned about their parents or grandparents living alone, frequently turn to assisted living options to mitigate their worries. FAS provides an alternative with our HowRU™ program. Daily calls to the senior or veteran ensure their safety by quickly responding when a call goes unanswered. We help protect the relationship between children and parents by providing that peace of mind.
One other way we honor the importance of relationships is by memorializing them when they leave this earth. The Foundation provides this giving option. You can check our website to find the names of Foundation volunteers who have passed. Many of their friends and family members have given donations in memory of their dear friend or family member.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention an important relationship for me, and that’s the one between The Foundation and our supporters. Your generosity through regular donations has sustained us. Those of you who volunteer are like family to us. Thank you.
I encourage you to reflect, as I have, about the important of relationships and find a way to honor those you care about through The Foundation Assisting Seniors.
Welcome to the Foundation Assisting Seniors first Informational Blog. Our mission is to provide timely, accurate information on senior living, that includes finance, technology, lifestyle and medicine. These blogs will be sent out at least once per month and/or as needed to cover issues of importance to the senior community.
The articles will be authored by Foundation board members and others ensuring a fresh approach and a variety of information. We will also reprint articles of interest with acknowledgment of authorship. Editorials will be identified as such. We hope you enjoy this blog, find it of interest and tell your friends and neighbors about it.
This blog is dedicated to the memory of Chuck Davis, co-founder of the Foundation Assisting Seniors and founder of the Compendium, the first blog published in Sun City Anthem in Henderson, Nevada.
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HOWRU™️ PROGRAM CREDITED WITH SAVING LIVES
April 15th, 2020 Carol Chapman
by Carol Chapman, President, Foundation Assisting Seniors
The HowRU™️ is a free program that calls subscribers daily to see if they are well, providing peace of mind to seniors and their families.
Peace of mind is not all it does. This program has saved eight lives since its inception.
How the Program Works
When signing up, the subscriber will designate the time of day the call is made as well as two emergency contacts.
Age-related macular degeneration leading cause of vision loss
March 3rd, 2020 Favil West
As I meet senior across the Las Vegas valley, I’ve become more aware of sight issues facing seniors. Sight issues can develop from macular degeneration as well as diabetes. Little can be done for those suffering from loss of sight due to diabetes but macular degeneration can be controlled to a certain degree. The following is an article worth reading about AMD. ~ Favil West, Chair, Foundation Assisting Seniors
Senior loneliness can be avoided
February 2nd, 2020 Patty Duffey
Since I’ve volunteered in the senior community, I’ve become much more aware of the issues they, ahem, we face as we enter this phase of life. One of them is loneliness.
The Foundation Assisting Seniors helps individuals remain in their homes for as long as possible. It’s a universal desire, but with that comes the possibility that we’ll be living in that house by ourselves. The quiet solitude may suit some personalities...
Medicare and glaucoma tests
January 20th, 2020
Give a tax-free gift from your IRA
January 13th, 2020 Dan Forgeron
The Foundation Assisting Seniors relies upon the generosity of its donors, small and large, to be able to provide assistance to the senior community in times of illness, recovery, confinement at home, coping with loss of a loved one, and other senior challenges, as well as to provide assistance with everyday tasks such as household maintenance.Services and durable medical equipment (DME) are available to all seniors (50+). Since 2002, FAS has responded
Top Ten Ways to Enjoy 2020 Vision
December 31st, 2019 Patty Duffey
If it’s one thing we wish for the new year, it’s that all of us—not just those over 50—enjoy 2020 Vision as we review the critical administrative tasks we need to address in our senior years. As you read our suggestions, think about those in your life who may need to not only keep this checklist handy, but make preparations accordingly. Send them a link to our website and ask them to read this blog. The link
Transportation Issues in Senior Community
December 18th, 2019
by Denny Lesterson
Getting around the Vegas Valley as a senior can be challenging, but the good news is that there are options for making your way to medical appointments, shopping, and more. As a volunteer for the Foundation Assisting Seniors (FAS), I’ve studied many of these and share some of what I learned.
In Anthem, one of the primary markets for the services FAS provides, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern
Senior friendly environments should be focus for all businesses and public places
December 1st, 2019
A recent article by Julie Weed of Nw York Times New Service highlighted what airports are doing to create senior-friendly services for older travelers. It showed the director for experiential design for architecture firm Corgan wearing a suit that simulated the challenges facing seniors as they navigate an airport facility.
Given the huge numbers of people entering the 60-plus demographic, I was pleased to see the focus on this issue. The World Health Organization estimates this age group to double
Supported Decision Making: A Less Restrictive Alternative to Guardianship
October 31st, 2019 Rana Goodman
Blog by Rana Goodman
Shortly before the last legislative session I attended a seminar outlining the concept of supported decision making as an alternative to guardianship. The concept was ideal and made so much sense that I was thrilled when the Nevada legislature passed the bill into law. The question now is how one convinces the Clark County Court system overall to accept such a plan and give seniors who are brought into
2019 ALIANTE CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
October 9th, 2019