Monthly President’s Report

March 2017

One of the questions I hear regularly from the Sioux Falls and surrounding communities is “What is Active Generations and who does it serve?”  After nearly 50 years in the community, you could make the assumption everyone should know who we are and what we do, but that isn’t true.  I would like to address the answers to these questions this month.

“What is Active Generations?”

We are essentially a community center that serves a number of needs for our community with an emphasis on mature adults.  Our Activity Department is the main area for our community center with management duties for all of the recreational groups and the fitness center.  Between the fitness classes, art classes, card clubs, billiards room, computer classes, special interest groups, etc., etc., there is always something going on here.  However, there are five other departments that are part of Active Generations: Adult Day Services with Day Break & Ceili Cottage, BRIDGES Employment Resource Center, Nutrition Program with Meals-on-Wheels and Animeals, SHIINE and Workers-on-Wheels. 

“Who does Active Generations serve?”

Activities serves the Active Generations members and other participants in special events.  To be a member, a person needs to be over the age of 18.  Since we are Active Generations, we welcome any adult to join our organization since we have something of interest for most people.

Day Break Adult Day Services provides care to adults age 18 or over that are in need of home and community based services and their caregivers.  They provide care and companionship in a homelike environment for individuals in need of daily assistance as the result of a chronic condition such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke, Parkinson’s, and other issues.  Day Break and Ceili Cottage have varying degrees of service.  There is also the CAREgivers group that offers resources and education for caregivers.

BRIDGES Employment Resource Center was started to assist people over the age of 50 in job search skills.  They help with resumes, interview skills and job search assistance for those that have been laid off or are retired and looking for a new challenge. 

The Nutrition Program serves a diverse group of people.  They serve lunch to all age groups at our congregate site with a varying payment rate.  They also serve over 350 people a day with home-delivered meals on a needs based criteria.  These people are homebound for a number of reasons from disabilities to age-related issues; they are as young as 25 or as old as 100.

Senior Health Information & Insurance Education (SHIINE) is here to help you understand Medicare and your benefits.  By the nature of the information, their clients are over the age of 65, people eligible for Medicare or family members of these people with questions.

Workers-on-Wheels is an older adult service program to assist individuals to remain in their homes by providing light housekeeping, minor home repair, lawn care and transportation for medical appointments and grocery shopping.  Their clients need to meet a criteria for need that involves income, age, disability and family resources.

AND it’s that time of year!  Gourmet Guys is scheduled for April 30 and it is the largest fundraiser we hold for ALL of the departments.  Tickets are available at the information window; $35 for members in advance, $40 for non-members in advance or $45 at the door.  Hope to see you there!