Last week was Active Aging Week. It’s a week every October to celebrate aging and to raise awareness about the importance of community for older adults. Of course, every week is Active Aging Week here at Sewa.
Many people don’t realize that socialization and close community are about as essential to life as food or water. Food security and social engagement are extremely important measures of quality of life, especially in older adults. Our senior and women’s programs, among other services, provide that community and security.
Though the pandemic has vastly reduced in-person programming, our program coordinators have adapted to keep the community as connected as ever. There are weekly Senior Social Zoom calls every Friday 1:00-3:00pm with games, celebrations, and socialization.
While our weekly Zoom socials keep everyone together, we do our best to plan occasional safe, in-person get-togethers. Most recently, our women’s and seniors programs combined for a day of socially-distanced fun at Ripe Radish Farms. Click here to read more about that day.
But that’s not all — with the help of a generous grant from Meals on Wheels, we’ve been packaging and delivering culturally-specific meals to our valued community members who are unable to cook themselves. With the help of our staff and wonderful volunteers, we deliver meals on multiple routes throughout the Twin Cities metro. In addition to meal deliveries, SEWA-AIFW has been partnering with local organizations to host meal distribution events in various communities, such as our recent popup at Midtown YWCA. You can read more about the popup here.
Our mission is to enhance family wellness for South Asians in Minnesota. With the help of our staff and support of our invaluable volunteers, we are able to make our senior programs a large part of realizing that mission. If you are interested in volunteering or donating, please don’t hesitate to reach out.