Golden Umbrella, sponsor of the Senior Corps Program in Redding, serves seniors and the disabled through its federal- and state-funded programs, such as Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, to “promote independence and enhance quality of life,” said Tina Brown, local services program director. They serve six counties in northern California.
The Adult Day Care provides non-medical care to those who need personal care services, supervision and assistance with daily living activities on less than a 24-hour basis. The Adult Day Health Care provides support services such as therapies, support groups, meals, and activities to maintain independence.
The Multipurpose Senior Services Program help the frail elderly live an independent life of dignity by delaying or preventing institutional placement.
The Senior Corps Program provides opportunities for seniors to make a difference in their communities through volunteering, one of them being the Foster Grandparents Program
Nancy Reagan, California First Lady, and then U.S. First Lady, had an interest in the Foster Grandparents Program, and once invited 600 of them to visit the White House, where Frank Sinatra sang a song, “To Love a Child,” he’d written and recorded for the occasion, donating all profits to Foster Grandparents.
“The Foster Grandparent Program is funded through September 30, 2011.Congress will soon be considering Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations bills, including funding for Foster Grandparents,” said Tina Brown. “We enter this phase after a troubling and damaging blow to national service funding in 2011. A further cut would impact the community if these programs were to go away.” See ‘get involved! >about senior corps,’ under getinvolved.gov/senior corps.
The Foster Grandparents Program allows seniors to help children, work a few hours a month and augment their income with a small stipend.
Senior Pat Kiplinger, a foster grandparent in California for 14 years, and a great-grandmother, said, “I appreciate the education system here. I have the highest respect for the teachers.” She added, on working with kids:”Every day is a new day. I’m tested by them. You get to know each child individually, and know their problems, and even if they’re disruptive, you love them.” Pat works with first-graders only. “When summer comes, I miss them and can’t wait to get back,” she said, and recommends that anyone over 55 participate. “I’m paying back for my life,” she adds.
The kids call her Grandma.