Senior Assistance (Aired on December 23 & 24, 2017)
Rhinebeck Rotarians Mike Frazier and Mike Mazzarella tell RadioRotary producer Kathy Kruger about the program Rhinebeck Rotary has instituted to help senior citizens age in place. Many older Americans prefer to stay in their existing homes instead of moving into assisted-living communities or nursing homes. Sometimes the physical infirmities of aging mean that homes need to be modified for safer living; in other instances, simple tasks such as mounting storm windows in the fall have become too difficult for an aging homeowner. In Rhinebeck, NY, the Rhinebeck Community Committee on Aging recognized this problem and committee members who were also Rotarians asked their club to help. Today Rhinebeck Rotarians who are skilled in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work volunteer to solve these problems for senior citizens at no cost for materials or labor. Grab bars are installed in bathrooms and railings on stairs as needed.