The Villages Voice - February 2020

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The VHA Community Foundation

by Kathy Houser

As you may recall, last summer, we surveyed our VHA membership through an online survey, as well as through The Voice, as we looked for additional direction for our philanthropic endeavors. We had a great response and many of you gave us some very worthwhile suggestions. Based on your responses, we solidified our mission to continue to provide support to our residents in The Villages by working with organizations and groups who conduct services and programs focused on “aging in place” issues—Alzheimer’s and dementia education, home-delivered meals, transportation services and caregiver assistance.  For many years, the Helping Hands program has been one of those services the Foundation has supported for our residents, providing durable medical equipment at no cost. We are now pleased to announce that the VHA Community Foundation is assisting in the startup and ongoing efforts of the first ever “Our Moment Memory Café”, a safe and comfortable place where people with dementia or memory loss and their care partners have an opportunity to meet regularly with others in similar circumstances in an informal setting.  This offers social stimulation and a chance for care partners to exchange experiences and information.  The first “Our Moment Memory Café” was held in December in The Villages with a second that occurred in January and now an additional location is planned for February.  This worthwhile initiative has been an overwhelming success and has already proven to be a much-needed service for our residents. We will continue to provide you with updates on our philanthropic efforts as we seek out other organizations and groups addressing the “aging in place” issues The Villages residents are experiencing. Kathy Houser VHA-CF Vice President