Pierce County Senior Citizens Celebrate Their CommunityPrint This Post
“When we think about Georgia Family Connection, we think about young families with children starting school and creating healthy habits,” said Pierce County Family Connection Executive Director Stephanie Bell. “But our aging community—just like our children—have a huge impact on happiness and economic well-being within our homes.”
Pierce County has a growing number of grandparents living with their adult children and grandchildren or raising their grandchildren on their own, so the Family Connection Collaborative partners with the local senior citizen center to make sure their elder community members are eating healthy and have access to supplemental food opportunities.
“We know that just as with a sick child, a sick elderly parent can create undo stress on a family, along with economic hardships and situational poverty for adult children who need to take off work to care for their mom or dad,” said Bell. “So when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Pierce County came together to ensure that one of our most vulnerable populations remained healthy and cared for.”
No small feat for the community, meals had to be delivered Monday through Friday, with a short staff. So Pierce County Family Connection worked with the local senior citizens to produce a tribute video to thank all those who helped during this difficult time and to all those who donated produce and other critical care items.
“May is Older Americans Month,” said Bell. “At a time when we should be celebrating our older Americans, these senior citizens are choosing to celebrate our community.”
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