Senior Program Contact
News & Updates from the Spokane Tribe Senior Center
During the Summer months Senior Program Staff will be conducting Needs Assessment's that will be compiled into one document that will be submitted with our Title VI application this Fall/Winter (2019). Your participation in the Needs Assessment is very important and your time to our request is greatly appreciated! Thank You, to those who have already participated!
We would like to welcome Felicia Abrahamson to the Senior Program. Felicia is our new Assistant Cook / Delivery Driver for the West End route. Felicia's first day with the Senior Program was 7/18/19.
Thank You to Shireen Brigman, DNR Staff, Preservation Staff and their Summer Youth Workers who picked Huckleberries to send out with the home delivered meals last month. A lot of Elders enjoyed the Huckleberries and called to say Thank You!
Participants in the STOI Senior Program were invited to attend the Fun in the Sun ~ 2nd Annual BBQ & Car Show at the Chewelah Casino July 20, 2019. This was an RSVP event and we had 52 individuals sign up to attend. Those who attended seemed to have a great time enjoying the food, cars and vendors. We are excited to see what next years event will offer.
Elders Houseboat day was Monday July 22, 2019. The date was changed due to scheduling issues, we apologize for the inconvenience. We had 31 people between 2 houseboats. It was a nice day with good company and food. Thank You to those who helped with driving the boats, cooking and assisting where needed.
August 2, 2019 was Alyssa Ford's last day with the Senior Program. Alyssa is registered to go to college this fall. We wish Alyssa the best of luck and can't wait to see her reach her goal.
GRID started installing Solar Panels to the Senior Center on Monday 7/29/19. We cannot wait to see the lower Avista bills for the Senior Center. Thank You to the crew who worked during the hot days to install the panels.
Thursday October 31, 2019 - Medicare Open Enrollment with Monica Kudrna 10am-1pm at the Senior Center. Monica will be able to help with enrollment and answer questions you may have in regard to Medicare.
Lifeline: A Phone and Internet Benefit
The Lifeline Program is a federal benefit that provides low-income, Tribal consumers with a monthly discount of up to $34.25 towards their phone or internet bill. Lifeline helps consumers across the United States stay connected to family, work, education, quality health care, and public safety services.
There are a few ways you may improve eligibility for this benefit. The first is through participation in a federal program. If you are in programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Medicaid you qualify for Lifeline. If you live on federally-recognized Tribal lands and take part on programs like the Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations you also qualify for Lifeline. You may also prove program eligibility through your income. If your income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines you qualify for Lifeline.
To apply for Lifeline, you will need a document that proves you are eligible for the benefit. You may also need an item that proves your identity such as an unexpired Driver's License or Tribal issued ID and an item that proves your address such as a utility bill. For more information on Lifeline eligibility, visit the program's website. This will also give you additional information on the application process and how a Lifeline phone or internet company can help you through the process. Search for companies that serve your area by typing in your zip code or city and state in the Companies Near Me tool on Lifeline's website.
For more information, contact Lifeline at (800) 234-9473 or visit ~~ LifelineSupport.org.
Senior Program Staff have been and will continue to work on a phone book listing local, county and state phone numbers that you may need. If you would like a copy of these numbers call the Senior Center and we will get a copy to you. 258-7129 or 1-800-789-9102. We have been receiving calls requesting a copy of this phone book that we have put together. This is an on-going project that requires monitoring and regular updating. We also received feedback asking to include some numbers from neighboring communities, so we did. This book is a living document that keeps growing and needing updated.
Nora Flett is at the Senior Center every Tuesday & Wednesday from 11am-12pm for Elder friendly exercises. The small group is growing but there is always room for more. The Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) exercise classes are great. There is support and a lot of laughter during this time. You are encouraged to attend and be active with peers. Incentives (very nice incentives), for those who participate regularly.
Meals are served at 12pm Tuesday thru Friday at the Senior Center unless noted otherwise. The delivery drivers leave the Senior Center between 9:30am - 10:30am. If you are not going to be home, please call the Senior Center before 9am to have your meal cancelled for the day.
Thank You to everyone who calls in and/or tells the delivery driver in advance when you will not be home for your meal. This really does help with the morning prep work. Thank You again! One phone call or you letting your driver know you won't be home does make a difference in the morning prep work. Thank You!
Are you interested in becoming involved with the Elders in our community? If so, please stop by the Senior Center and inquire about becoming a part of the Elder Advisory Committee. This committee meets once a month, every 2nd Tuesday at 10am @ the Senior Center. Unless noted otherwise.
Tuesdays are scheduled craft days but feel free to come to the Senior Center daily to work on crafts. There are sewing machines available to use and tables have been set up to lay material on so that it can lay flat without having a rearrange or get up and down on the floor. This is for our Elders use and there are people who want to learn and have asked if there is anyone willing to teach them how to make a quilt or to just sew something. Update: A group of ladies have been using the craft room every Tuesdays to make various handmade items and have gifted the Senior Program a few items for events.
Monday August 5, 2019 - Elders Shopping Day, leave the Senior Center at 9am
Tuesday August 6, 2019 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm, Craft Day
Wednesday August 7, 2019 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm
Thursday August 8, 2019 - BINGO after lunch
Monday August 12, 2019 - Senior Center Closed
Tuesday August 13, 2019 - Senior Center Closed ~ Staff attending Title VI Conference
Wednesday August 14, 2019 - Senior Center Closed ~ Staff attending Title VI Conference
Thursday August 15, 2019 - Senior Center Closed ~ Staff attending Title VI Conference
Friday August 16, 2019 - Senior Center Closed ~ Staff attending Title VI Conference
Tuesday August 20, 2019 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm, Craft Day
Wednesday August 21, 2019 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm
Thursday August 22, 2019 - BINGO after lunch
Tuesday August 27, 2019 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm, Craft Day
Wednesday August 28, 2019 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm
Friday August 30, 2019 - Senior Center Closed ~ STOI Pow Wow
Monday Sept. 2, 2019 - Senior Center Closed ~ Labor Day
Tuesday Sept. 3, 2019 - Staff Grocery Shopping, NO LUNCHES Today
Wednesday Sept. 4, 2019 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm
Thursday Sept. 5, 2019 - BINGO after lunch
****We apologize if this information does not reach you before the listed dates of events. We send out notices in lunches and ask those who receive them them to pass the word on. We all know how word of mouth travels! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Adult Protective Services (APS) - Definition
In the United States, Adult Protective Services (APS) are social services provided to abused, neglected, or exploited older adults and adults with significant disabilities. APS is typically administered by local or state health, aging, or regulatory departments and includes a multidisciplinary approach to helping older adults, and younger adults with disabilities, who are victims. Services range from the initial investigation of mistreatment, to health and supportive services legal interventions, up to and including the appointment of surrogate decision-makers such as legal guardians. While some states provide adult protective services to older adults only, as in Ohio where the PS law applies to those 60 and older, most serve adults with disabilities over the age of 18 who meet the state's definition of "vulnerable." Disabilities may be due to aging, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, mental illness or cognitive impairments. Forms of abuse include physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse as well as financial exploitation. "Neglect" can be perpetrated by any caregiver who has accepted the responsibility of assisting an older person or an adult with disabilities. Most states include self-neglect in their definitions of those needing adult protective services. Self-neglect refers to a person who is unable to care for himself or herself due to physical or cognitive impairments. In-Take Line: 1-800-459-0421
*PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE*
The Public Health Nurse stops by the Senior Center to check blood pressures and oxygen levels when she is available. She is usually here from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays if you would like to stop by and see her.
~~~~~Please note that if meals will not be delivered or served at the Senior Center, activities usually scheduled for that day will be canceled as well!!!~~~~~
Senior Program Menu
All Meals will be served with Milk
Menu subject to change.
|Mon. July 29, 2019||Tues. July 30, 2019||Wed. July 31, 2019||Thurs. Aug. 1, 2019||Fri. Aug. 2, 2019|
|No Meals Today||Breakfast Casserole, Yogurt & Fruit||Soft Taco w/ Hamburger, Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato & Tater Tots & Fruit||Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy, Veggie, Wheat dinner Roll, Fruit & Dessert||Chicken Noodle Soup w/ Celery, Onion, Carrots & Roll, Cheese Stick & Fruit|
|Mon. Aug. 5, 2019||Tues. Aug. 6, 2019||Wed. Aug. 7, 2019||Thurs. Aug. 8, 2019||Fri. Aug. 9, 2019|
|No Meals Today||Breakfast Pizza, Hash Browns, Yogurt & Fruit||Cabbage Noodles & Meat, Green Salad, Garlic Bread & Fruit||Chicken Bowl w/ Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Fruit & Dessert||Egg Salad Sandwich, Macaroni Salad, Chips & Fruit|
Mon. Aug. 12, 2019
|Tues. Aug. 13, 2019||Wed. Aug. 14, 2019||Thurs. Aug. 15, 2019||Fri. Aug. 16, 2019|
|No Meals Today||No Lunches From The --->||Senior Center This Week ---->||Staff Attending Title VI ---->||Conference - Training!!!|
|Mon. Aug. 19, 2019||Tues. Aug. 20, 2019||Wed. Aug. 21, 2019||Thurs. Aug. 22, 2019||Fri. Aug. 23, 2019|
|No Meals Today||Biscuits & Gravy, Hard Boiled Egg & Fruit||Chicken Bake w/ Veggie's & Stuffing, Bowtie Pasta Salad, & Fruit||Sloppy Joe's, Jo-Jo's, Pork n' Beans, Fruit & Dessert||Deli Sandwich w/ Meat, Cheese, Lettuce & Orange Fruit Slaw & Chips|
|Mon. Aug. 26, 2019||Tues. Aug. 27, 2019||Wed. Aug. 28, 2019||Thurs. Aug. 29, 2019||Fri. Aug. 30, 2019|
|No Meals Today||Chicken & Bacon, Hash Brown Casserole, Scrambled Eggs & Fruit||Hamburger Gravy over Mashed Potatoes, Veggie & Fruit||Chef Salad, Sandwich w/ Meat & Cheese, Fruit & Dessert||Senior Center Closed - STOI Pow Wow|
|Mon. Sept. 2, 2019||Tues. Sept. 3, 2019||Wed. Sept. 4, 2019||Thurs. Sept. 5, 2019||Fri. Sept. 6, 2019|
|Senior Center Closed - Labor Day||No Meals Today - Staff Grocery Shopping||Tater Tot Casserole w/ Hamburger & Veggie's, Green Salad & Fruit||Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Veggie, Roll, Fruit & Dessert||Tuna Fish Sandwich, Cole Slaw, Chips & Fruit|