RSVP Newsletter
January 8, 2021
From Rosemarie’s desk … 

Give your family the gift of giving

We all would love to leave a legacy for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Whether it be money, family traditions or our personal values in life, it’s important to us to teach them the lessons we have learned. 
 
When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gained national attention in the early 1960’s, he wanted to leave many legacies, but one that resonates the most with us is the gift of giving to others in need. His message was to help those less fortunate, make a difference in someone’s life and find your own purpose. How wonderful this world would be if we all followed that golden rule.
 
On Monday, Jan. 18, we are hosting MLK Day of Service. Bring your grandkids and great-grandkids for a family-friendly crafting event at Sacred Heart Parish gym, to paint small rocks and birdhouses with inspirational messages and colorful pictures. The finished masterpiece will certainly warm the heart of someone in assisted-living without family and your legacy of volunteering will rub off on your next generation. Expressing to your family how fulfilling giving back is on this “Day of Service” is the best legacy you can leave them. Click here for more details.   


All the best,
Rosemarie
"January, the first month of the year, a perfect time to start all over again, changing energies and deserting old moods, new beginnings, new attitudes.” – Charmaine J. Forde
Protect yourself. Protect others. Get your flu shot.

Getting a flu shot often protects you from coming down with the flu. Although the flu shot doesn't always provide total protection, the experts at the CDC and Mayo Clinic say that it's definitely worth getting.

This year's annual flu shot will offer protection against three or four of the influenza viruses expected to be in circulation this flu season. A high-dose flu vaccine, as well as an additional vaccine, will also be available for adults age 65 and older. Click here to use the National Vaccine Location Finder and scroll down the page for more information.
Support for caregivers 

Caregiver chats are designed to provide a place to openly share and discuss what's happening in your life as a caregiver. To learn more, click here.

Join Caregiver Chats online from 4-5 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month to discuss what’s happening in your life as a caregiver. Click here to register. 
Home Instead shopping & errand service

Home Instead Senior Care, in partnership with Outagamie County, is offering a weekly errand program to help seniors age 60 and older in Outagamie County with grocery shopping and picking up prescriptions. Click here for information.

Click here for guidelines. To schedule the service, call Home Instead at 920-997-0118. 
Identity Theft Tips 

We all become a little complacent when it comes to our identity, but scammers are out there looking for an easy target. Identity theft is when someone uses your personal data — name, Social Security number, birthdate — to impersonate you, most commonly for financial gain. Scammers take advantage of any opportunity.

Protect yourself with these easy tips: Do not carry your Social Security number. Limit and know the number of identification and credit cards you carry. Shred bills, receipts and credit card offers that contain personal information. 

Check your credit report annually, at no cost. Call 1-877-322-8228 or visit online here

Keep personal information and confidential documents secure. 
Register for the Wisconsin Do Not Call Registry at 1-888-382-1222 or click here.  
ADRC online resource directory 

Sometimes it is not easy to thumb through the Aging & Disability Resource Center book and try to find that specific resource you need. The good news is that it is available online, easy to find and easy to navigate. Click here to give it a try.  

Resources are in alphabetical order and you would be amazed at what is out there. For example, AARP driver safety program for driver safety courses, Academy of Nutrition for information on healthy diets for seniors and Lawyer Referral for consultation services at lower rates, just to name a few. 

Of course, there are the common ones like caregiving, hearing loss and home helper resources. It’s a good read and very informative. Any other questions for what ADRC has to offer? Click here to find out.  
Volunteer opportunities

Make the Ride Happen: Looking for volunteers to be on call during the week to drive folks to essential services, such as banks and grocery stores. Pick up clients at their home, drive them to their destination, wait for them and drive them back home. Volunteers wear face masks. Passengers sit in the rear of the vehicle. Personal protective equipment provided by Lutheran Social Services. Contact Holly at 920-255-1740 or holly.keenan@lsswis.org.

Ascension At Home Hospice: Is seeking military veterans to visit hospice patients who are veterans. Volunteers will be trained before visiting veteran patients to thank them for their service and present them with a gift. No long-term commitment is required and often only one visit is needed. Contact Ascension At Home Hospice at 920-241-1903.  

Loaves & Fishes of the Fox Valley: Needs assistant cooks with a passion for cooking to help head chef prepare to-go meals. Some cleanup is involved. Training is provided. Shifts are 1:30-3:30 p.m. Contact Sue at staff@loavesandfishesfv.org or 920-750-0964 for more information. 

Ascension At Home Hospice: Needs sewers to sew memory bears at home. We have the patterns and all the supplies you’ll need. Each bear is specially created from the personal clothing of a hospice patient and the family receives one free memory bear. You only take as many projects as you have time for and hours are flexible. Call 920-241-1903 for more information about the Memory Bear Program.   
GRAB N GO MEAL SERVICE

Outagamie County Nutrition Program offers APPLETON GRAB N GO Meals for pickup by Outagamie County residents age 60 and older, regardless of income, on Wednesdays.

A reminder that the GRAB N GO Meal Service in Appleton has relocated to the Thompson Center on Lourdes, 2331 E. Lourdes Dr, Appleton. 

Eligible residents must call in their weekly meal order to 920-209-4175 by noon the Monday prior to the Wednesday pickup. All Outagamie County residents age 60 years and older may receive this meal service. Residents who have not received a meal since April 29, 2020, must register. Download a form here.  

For more information and to view January's schedule, click here.
January Birthdays
Ruth Ann Gorski - 1-02
JoAnn Weber - 1-02
Gina Peotter - 1-03
Carla Hilton - 1-06
Cal Gardiner - 1-10
Robert Logan - 1-13
Dave Martin - 1-13
Marion Plass - 1-15
Carol Shelbrack - 1-15
Karen Eiting - 1-16
David Hinds - 1-17
Janet Shriner – 1-17
Judy Genske - 1-18
Debbie McKee - 1-18
Dar Lucht - 1-19
Faith Mauk - 1-22
Thomas Sinclair - 1-23
Germaine Ambrosius - 1-24
Ray Schmoeker - 1-24
Glenn Mintern - 1-25
Rita Trader - 1-26
Karen Jenneman - 1-27
Carol Anderson - 1-28
Mary Vande Berg - 1-28
Kathleen Salm - 1-29

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