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Peer counselors wanted in Sandoval County

Imagine facing an economic crisis alone. Top that off with health problems. Sprinkle in family conflict. These are the stressors some of our older adults face. Some of the problems have no solution, but they become manageable with the support of another older adult.

Sandoval Senior Connection, a program of Outcomes, Inc. would like to offer the opportunity to help older adults. Becoming a peer counselor to someone else who is 55+ may not bring in the accolades of the world. Usually, it does create a whole lot of life satisfaction.

Join us for free training which begins March 31 and ends April 28. Topics range from exploring what is normal in aging processes, chemical dependency, and death and dying. Our training sessions are three hours long, and we conduct them at various senior centers in Sandoval County. Training sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and carpooling is available.

No experience is necessary; life experience and a listening ear is all that is needed. We serve older adults in Sandoval County, but peer counselors can certainly live in other counties. We are especially seeking Spanish-speaking volunteers who understand the culture of our Hispanic populations.

Training sessions are open to the public, and no commitment is necessary to become a peer counselor. Please call Samantha Apodaca or Cindy Anderson of Outcomes, Inc. at 243-2551 to register for a session or for the whole program.


Meals on Wheels registers new clients

The Placitas Community Center is now registering seniors aged sixty and above for home-delivered meals. This service includes a hot meal, which meets one-third of the recommended daily dietary allowance, delivered to the client’s home Monday through Friday each week, as well as a packaged meal for Saturday and Sunday. The service also gives families and caregivers a sense of comfort, knowing that a staff member can look in on the client if he or she is home alone.

The suggested donation for this meal is $1.50. While donations for services are not required, they are gladly accepted and allow the program to continue providing services.

If you or someone you know could benefit from this service, please call Janice or Marylou at 867-1396 to schedule an eligibility assessment. In order to qualify for the program, the client must be limited to the home due to a mental or physical illness and must be a senior, sixty years of age or above.

     

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