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Meals on Wheels nurture lonely shut-ins

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By The Staff

Feeling the impact of the economy and want to do something to feel better? Imagine what it is like for an elderly shut-in person who lives alone? Often, the simple act of receiving a healthy, nutritious meal can have a huge, positive impact both emotionally and physically for these individuals. For many clients, this is the only daily contact that they will receive. Meals on Wheels Meal delivery takes so little time — as little as one to 1-1/2 hours a day and the end result is that everyone feels better! Couples, church or young person’s groups are welcome to participate and make a day a little brighter for an elderly person. Contact Marion County Senior Services today at 352-620-3501 to find out how to volunteer and make a difference is someone’s life.

Florida Center for the Blind

For the visually impaired or blind individual who still wishes to live independently, preparing a nutritious meal can be a challenging endeavor. Florida Center for the Blind needs Nutrition Teachers who can help provide instruction on good nutrition to visually impaired students — 4 classes a month — 40-minute sessions at the Center. College degree in nutrition or comparable field preferred as well as background as teacher or instructor. For more information, contact Kathryn Hoehn at 352-873-4700.

Hampton Manor Gardens

For the arts and crafts lovers who live in the Dunnellon area, this assisted living center needs 2 caring individuals to teach crocheting, sewing and needlework, as well as woodworking and crafting to elderly residents for 1-2 hours per week. Projects that stimulate the mind and fingers help elderly residents feel more vital and in touch with their lives. The volunteer will also have the benefit of knowing that the projects that the residents undertake are used for a craft sale that helps with simple, personal items for the residents. For more information, contact Ann Marie Gainer at 352-489-9698 or e-mail at bettyboop11114@hotmail.com.