Senior/Elderly Issues

Meeting Notes

Notes from 2/16/19

Group Interests:

  • We are interested in this topic because the needs of seniors in our community are great and the number of seniors is about to grow substantially.  A caring community takes care of its elderly.
  • We have not settled on a specific area of interest.
  • All of us have volunteered for organizations that serve this community.
  • Non-profits working to serve seniors are many

What We Know:

  1.  The San Antonio Area Foundation began last year to pull together many nonprofits that serve seniors called SALSA to study what needs are not being met, where more serves are needed, etc.  It is still a work in progress but it might be a good place to start in finding something meaningful that we can contribute.  One of our committee members is Chair of the Seniors Committee at the SAAF.
  2. The United Way may also offer some insights.
  3. Jewish Family Service does case management to stabilize seniors’ lives
  4. San Antonio Jewish Senior Services (SAJSS) offers activities and transportation to Synagogues.  One of our committee members is on the Education Outreach Committee.
  5. Christian Senior Services (soon to be known at Meals on Wheels) provides meals daily, some case management and Grace Place (senior day care)
  6. Morningside Manor is a nursing home but also runs a website that assists caretakers
  7. There are a number of non-profits who provide transportation for seniors to doctor appointments and will assist with grocery shopping.  Most work together and have divided the city into quadrants to better serve seniors.
  8. There are non-profit senior programs that include lunch mostly in the poorest parts of the city.
  9. The Well-Med Foundation has work out facilities in a number of locations around SA.
  10. Texas Ramps builds ramps at no cost for seniors- long waiting list
  11. SAJSS has a program called Connect. This is both an “on-line and phone-to-a-live-person information and referral program”. The direct line is 210 622-2300. I feel that all we need to do is advertise this availability. The website address is:
  12. And much more!

Religious Organizations:

  1.  There are a number of nursing homes run by religious organizations.  Many are struggling because Medicaid doesn’t cover the costs. 
  2. Many Churches have daytime programing for seniors.
  3. Incarnate Word has a program that cleans the homes of the elderly and does simple medical checkups.

Civil/Government Initiatives:

  1.  The city and the county run daily programs at Senior Centers and serve lunch.
  2. County has food programs for the poor and elderly.
  3. Via offers some transportation options.
  4. The Chested (Caring) Committee at Temple Beth El has 14 committed volunteers who make bereavement calls to Temple members who have lost a loved one and who call/contact/visit with Temple members over age 80. Both of these activities are meant to build a greater sense of community within the congregation. There is a future plan to add visiting the sick to the committee’s outreach involvements.  One of our committee members serves on this committee.
  5. Specific Contacts we should reach out to = SALSA at Area Foundation (AARP is active in SA)