We’ve all experienced that sinking feeling when a doctor has something important to tell us. Gregory felt that same pang of anxiety when he learned he had diabetes. The doctor’s words echoed with dire complications—amputation, blindness, heart and kidney damage. For Gregory, the gravity of the situation wasn’t lost as he thought about loved ones lost to the same disease. As we approach the holiday season, let’s turn our attention to individuals like Gregory, aging neighbors who need our support.
Determined to mitigate the effects of diabetes, Gregory committed to a healthier lifestyle. However, living alone on a limited income and relying on public transit posed significant challenges. The convenience of cooking easy and affordable meals like bacon and eggs took precedence over frequent shopping trips for fresh food. Good intentions alone couldn’t solve Gregory’s health crisis, and this scenario is not unique to him; many older adults share similar struggles.
Senior Struggles: Physical, Mental & Spiritual Health
Most seniors, like Gregory, wish to age in the comfort of their homes. However, several obstacles hinder them from leading fulfilling lives. Physical health is a primary concern, with nearly 6 in 10 seniors grappling with at least one chronic disease. Thriving in their later years requires staying active and navigating a complex healthcare system.
Mental health is another critical factor, with 1 in 4 seniors reporting experiences of depression or other mental health issues since 2020. Inflation further compounds these challenges, isolating those on fixed incomes as they cut back on social outings to make ends meet. Lastly, spiritual health plays a crucial role, as people with an active spiritual life tend to enjoy longer, healthier lives, according to the Mayo Clinic.
FSL’s Senior Centers: A Source of Support
Fortunately, organizations like FSL are making a significant impact on the lives of seniors. At FSL’s senior centers, individuals receive balanced and affordable meals, opportunities to exercise, engage in social activities, and discover external resources to support them during tough times.
Discovering FSL in Peoria
Gregory recently received positive news from his doctor—his blood sugar level is down to 6.8, considered prediabetes. He attributes this life-saving progress to FSL’s meal programs, which not only contribute to his health but also satisfy his taste buds.
The truth is, organizations like FSL can’t provide seniors like Gregory with the respect and care they deserve without our help. This holiday season, let’s consider the impact we want to make and rush our best, tax-credit-eligible gift to FSL today. By doing so, we contribute to the well-being of individuals like Gregory, ensuring they can age gracefully and enjoy the quality of life they deserve. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our aging neighbors.
You can support seniors like Gregory with a gift to FSL today!
For more information on how to join us in reducing hospital readmissions, we encourage you to explore our ACTIVATE program further and get involved in the effort to foster healthier communities. You can also call us at 602-406-2374 to learn more about ACTIVATE! Together, we can tackle the issue of hospital readmissions and make a difference in the lives of our fellow citizens.
Established in 1974, the Foundation for Senior Living is dedicated to providing integrated, customized care for those who need it in the Phoenix area. We offer a wide range of home- and community-based services, including:
- Affordable housing options
- Nutritious meal programs
- Health and wellness programs
- Senior centers
- Recreation programs
- Support for caregivers
All of these are designed to enable Arizonans of all ages to live happier, healthier, more independent lives. If you or someone you know is struggling to have their needs met, don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you. And if you’re able, consider donating or volunteering your time to our mission. We can’t wait to work with you!