Local program brightens holidays for area seniors

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By The Staff

This holiday season, the community can help give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior  program.
The program – run by the local Home Instead Senior Care office in partnership with the North Central District Home Health Agency and KIPDA – helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. The local Home Instead Senior Care office aids seniors in Anderson, Bullitt, Carroll, Franklin, Gallatin, Hardin, Henry, Nelson, Owen, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Woodford and surrounding counties.
The holidays can be a difficult time for many, especially those who live alone or have lost spouses and loved ones. An estimated 27 percent of people 65 and older (10.8 million people) are widowed, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Further, the Administration on Aging reports about 28 percent (11.8 million) non-institutionalized people 65 and older live alone.
Before the holiday season, low-income and isolated seniors in the community are identified.  The Home Instead Senior Care staff coordinates and recruits sponsors to fill the needs of the seniors.  This year, local sponsors include: Second Wind Dreams, Mike and Mona Huff for the Henry County Diabetes Coalition, UK Cooperative Extension, the office of  Dr. Damon Gatewood, Campbellsburg Chiropractic, The Henry County Medical Center, Homestead Nursing Center, Twin Oaks Assisted Living, Pat Wallace with the Henry County Chamber of Commerce and other local service providers. The deadline to be a sponsor for a senior is Dec. 16.
“This effort has made a strong impact on the lives of local seniors over the past several years.  They are always so appreciative to know that someone cares for them,” said Jim Aneszko, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care.
For more information about the program, call Home Instead Senior Care at 502-352-7272.