Services & Activities
Changing the Experience of Aging in Our Community
The essence of SLIP’s services and programs is best summarized by Dr. Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal: “In one’s later years, a rich life with meaning and a strong support system is what we all aim for.”
Research shows that as we age one of the most important factors in remaining in one’s home is a strong support network and meaningful connections with others. SLIP offers many services to help seniors living in the greater Saluda community live vibrant, healthy and active lives. Services are free, unless otherwise noted.
SLIP offers a variety of informative programs, seminars and talks to help you improve your physical and mental health and vitality so that you may age more gracefully in your own home. Our most recent offering was a 12-week program, Regain Your Brain, highlighting new research and steps to take to help reduce your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Attendees shared their experiences…
“I learned that I’m not alone in my feelings. This program made me feel more optimistic about reaching out to others.” (Connections with Self and Others)
“I increased my knowledge of the symptoms of a stroke and will share this important information with friends.” (Stroke Prevention)
“This was a good introduction to mindfulness and the importance of living in the present.” (Mindfulness: What’s All the Buzz About?)
Past educational topics have included:
- CPR and Fire Safety
- Advance Directives/Living Will
- Stroke Prevention
- Health Fair and Wellness on Wheels
- How to Deal with Depression
- Living Well, using Dan Buettner’s Blue Zones
- Bones, Groans and Moans
- Let Food Be Your Medicine
- How NOT to Lose Your Mind
- “Ageless Grace”
- AARP Safe Driving Course
- Downsizing with Heart
- Home Safety and Accessibility
- Connections – with Ourselves and Others
- Mindfulness: What’s All the Buzz About?
- CBD Oil – What’s the Hype?
- Regain Your Brain (video programs)
Calendar of Events
Join us and connect with old friends and make new ones by attending any of the variety of opportunities for socializing. Without companionship and regular personal interactions, a senior (or anyone for that matter) can become isolated and experience feelings of loneliness. Research from the National Institute on Aging tells us people who engage in productive and social activities are less likely to develop certain diseases, have a longer lifespan, and are happier. Having fun and connecting with others are important parts of living.
One happy senior said,
“The Lake Lure adventure was fabulous. I’m so happy I went. Many thanks to all those who made it happen. Made my day be very pleasant.”
Past social activities have included:
- Fish Fries
- Cooking Classes
- Ice Cream Social
- Watercolor Painting Class
- Wine Tastings
- Art Exhibit
- Holiday Lights Bus Trip
- Lake Lure Pontoon Boat Trip
- Tea Tasting
- Monthly Veterans’ Breakfast
If you or a loved one are feeling a bit lonely or isolated, or are having difficulty accessing essential services, a trained SLIP volunteer can visit on a regular basis to provide companionship and information. Sometimes just having a chat with someone who cares can make all the difference. The volunteer may also assist with coordinating other services you may need. Referrals may be made to the SLIP Transportation Team, the SLIP Home Safety Team and other community organizations.
Some thoughts from happy clients…
“It’s a noble cause—neighbors helping neighbors.”
“Your SLIP team came in like a ’Welcome Wagon’ and got to work. We had neighborly visits. They found us wheelchairs and other items we needed. The caring and compassion was amazing and heart-warming.”
Friendly and reliable volunteer drivers provide travel options to help neighbors manage appointments, attend community events, visit with friends, and access local transportation services such as FISH, a transportation service in Henderson County, and Polk County Transportation. Whether your car is in the shop or you’re unable to drive, SLIP volunteers are there to help.
As one recipient of SLIP’s transportation services noted,
“Just a small note of thanks for providing much needed transportation during a very trying time in my life. Your folks are wonderful.”
Home Safety and Accessibility
According to the Center for Disease Control, home modifications and repairs may prevent up to 50 percent of home accidents among seniors. The SLIP Senior Home Safety Inspection Program provides Saluda community members 60 years of age and older with a 240-point safety assessment of their home, which includes accessibility, accident prevention, and general safety. Using contributions specifically designated for this program, community volunteers can make improvements that may enable you to remain in your own home as long as possible. If volunteers cannot assist with a specific need, a list of vetted, skilled persons will be provided to assist with those tasks.
Thankful community members shared praise for these services…
“I learned how important it is to make safety changes now, before you actually need them.”
“The talk on safety made me more aware of my situation living alone and precautions I can take.”
“Thank you for the possibility to remain at home.”