Northland Shepherd’s Center is seeking Northland Boy Scout Troops and groups of students to help older adults who need “fall” yard work done. In addition, we need a group of adults to assist in supervising these efforts. If you would like to spend a Saturday getting some exercise while helping others, please contact Brenda Dunn, Volunteer Coordinator, at 816 452-4536 ext. 406.
Northland Shepherd’s Center, with its 25 years of improving the lives of adults (60+), and Oakhill Day
School, the premier private education center in the Northland which focuses on the “family” feeling
among its staff and enrollees, are moving into programmatic collaborations.
National statistics indicate that Interfacing among various generations develops social networks,
communication skills, problem-solving abilities, and a sense of purpose among all ages.
Intergenerational programs bring together diverse groups and networks and help dispel inaccurate
and negative stereotypes. From technology to preserving history, the collaborative programs set up
through the collaborative efforts of Northland Shepherd’s Center and Oakhill Day School will connect
generations and impact the community for years.
The City of Olathe, Kansas started many years ago a public/private partnership with local taxis to provide rides to persons age 65 or older at a discount. The City of Shawnee, Kansas has duplicated that model and is on target to exceed 5,500 one-way rides in 2015. The City of Lenexa, Kansas will launch its model in January, 2016. The Kansas City Area Transit Authority will launch a pilot in late 2015 or early 2016 to provide the ‘taxi’ approach to several counties. All provide 24/7 access to residents 65 and older or living with a disability. Congratulations you are improving how we live and age!
The Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging hosted its 12th Annual Show Me Summit on Aging and Health this August, calling it “Set Sail for the Future”. Among the many presenters, NSC Program Manager and Grant Writer, Paula Schumacher, presented “Finding the Money.”
The Northland Shepherd’s Center, the food pantry at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, and the University of Missouri Extension’s Matter of Balance exercise program are recipients of the 2015 Community Benefit Grant from The Gardens at Barry Road.
The Northland Shepherd’s Center (NSC) is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, and each year, the number of clients served grows. In 2014, the center provided over 38,000 units of service to nearly 3,000 clients, and over 50,000 hours of service were given by more than 250 volunteers. The grant funds will be used by NSC to fund two programs: Benefits Check Up and lawn-mowing for low income older adults. NSC executive director Rebecca Gordon said, “No other organization offers [the lawn-mowing] service, and there is great need.”
About the Community Benefit Grant:
The Community Benefit Grant is made available to area organizations in an effort to enhance the quality of life for senior citizens in the community. The Gardens at Barry Road firmly believes in enriching lives through service by sharing God’s love through care, advocacy, and virtuous business practices. Grant recipients must meet the following criteria: the project or program must benefit area senior citizens, it must be a project or program that would not be possible if not for the money received by The Gardens at Barry Road, and it must be a project or program in which staff, residents, and family members from The Gardens at Barry Road can be involved on more than a monetary level.
It was a birthday party, an end-of-the-school-year celebration and the first face-to-face meeting of pen pals at the Northland Shepherd’s Center on May 13.
Fifth-graders from St. Patrick School were there to meet their pen pals in person, entertain them with a skit and a song, and share cupcakes, pizza and ice cream floats.
The pen pals also discovered that they shared many hobbies and interests despite the decades difference in their ages.
“We both played basketball, and we like sports and music,” said fifth-grader Bri Chirpich about her 90-year-old pen pal, Mary Catherine Gibbs of North Kansas City.
Bri and 19 of her classmates exchanged correspondence with a group of seniors in Pens Across the Northland, a program introduced in January as part of the Northland Shepherd’s Center’s 25th anniversary celebration. Many of those involved are older than 65, though some members are in their 50s and early 60s.
Writing letters gave those who had lived through many decades a chance to recount their experiences and memories, and it connected 10- and 11-year-old youngsters with an older generation. The pen pal program is one of the activities at the center’s Learning & Laughter club, which meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month.
Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques - structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.
Appreciating what older adults have to offer and providing them with the assistance they need are what Northland Shepherd’s Center is all about. Since its founding in 1990, the center has offered programs and services to help older adults lead active lives, remain as self-sufficient as possible and stay in their homes. The center is in the lower level of Antioch Community Church.
One of the grab bars in a shower allows Bob Whitaker to get up from a chair. The bar doubles as a shower head holder. Fern Hibbert, 93, gets a hug from volunteer Ida May Willhaus during their Learning & Laughter Club meeting at The Shepherd's Center of the Northland. The agency provides services to older adults in Clay and Platte counties.