Once a year the Buckham West compiles information and reports it in order to update its members on the operations and finances of the agency. Below is a summary of the 2019 Annual Report.

  • Participation: In 2019 Buckham West’s paid membership was 799, the highest number in the past 20 years. The increase, we believe, is tied to the move into our newly expanded facility and increased program offerings.
  • Partners: Buckham West works with many community organizations to offer a variety of services such as educational presenters, screening providers, supportive agencies and direct service providers. During 2019 there were 95 different partners.
  • Volunteers: Buckham West continues to rely on its members for thousands of hours of volunteer work. In addition to having a work force that is dedicated to the mission of organization, it saves substantial amounts of money each year in labor costs. In 2019 volunteers helped the Buckham West in 23 different areas.
  • Programs: Programs at Buckham West fall into three different categories. During 2019 records show that there were 38 one-time programs, 10 annual events and 28 various on-going activities for a total of 76 unique programs.

 

SAIL Exercise Program

Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) is an evidence-based program designed to prevent falls and includes exercise classes, educational materials and self-assessments. The classes are designed specifically for older adults and focus on strength, balance, flexibility and aerobics.  All exercises and aerobics can be done sitting or standing and are very adaptive.  Classes consist of a warm up, aerobics, balance, strength, stretching, and an educational component.  Performing exercises that improve strength, balance and fitness are the single most important activity that adults can do to stay active and reduce their chance of falling.

Buckham West has hosted the SAIL exercise classes in its building for over a year. Although the SAIL classes have been suspended during the building closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there is now another way for you to participate in this program. If you have a computer or another internet device, you may access the SAIL classes virtually. Here’s how:

  • Go to Catholic Charities’ home page at ccsomn.org
  • Under Programs, look for the “Health and Wellness Programs Information and Registration” section
  • At the top of this Wellness Programs page, you will see a link labeled “SAIL Class Now Available Online- Click Here”
  • Look for the question that asks if you are a registered SAIL participant with CCSOMN. You may click yes if you have signed up or attended a class here at Buckham West. New registrants are welcome and will need to click the No button to get signed up.
  • That’s it! Click the video and enjoy your workout!

 

Stimulus Check

With the uncertainty surrounding the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a person looks at their life and circumstances in a different way. We become grateful for what we have and often feel compelled to do something for others. Coming soon will be the stimulus money that we all will be receiving from the federal government.  If you are in a financial position to do so, won’t you please consider sending a check to your favorite non-profit (hint, hint) or church. Since their doors are closed until further notice, these organizations will certainly be feeling the pinch financially. Thanks in advance for your consideration

 

Need some help?

If you are in need of resources during the next weeks or months, there are many places to look. But if you’re a senior or caregiver, I would highly suggest you start by calling the Senior LinkAge Line.  The Senior LinkAge Line® is Minnesota’s free statewide information and assistance service and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.  You can reach them by calling  1-800-333-2433 or find them at www.mnaging.org/advisor/SLL

Carla Pearson, LSW, a Senior and Caregiver Advocate for Three Rivers Community Action is another great resource for older adults in Rice County. Carla has a large array of services that she can provide, including completing applications for various programs and also in working with those living with memory loss.  She can now be reached only by phone at 1-800-277-8418 x328.

 

Curbside Pickup Meal

In order to reduce contact there is no noon meal served in the Buckham West dining room until further notice. But don’t worry, because you may order and pick up a meal instead! (This is not a home delivery) For more information please call the kitchen at 332-7680 or Buckham West at 332-7357.

Please note that due to changes in the food distribution model, there are many revisions on the April menu. You can view the revised menu on the Buckham West website at buckhamwest.org and click the Senior Dining tab at the top.

 

Reminders:

  • Buckham West is not open to the public until further notice. There will be staff here Monday-Friday from 9am to 1pm answering the phones and assisting callers with resources and questions that they have. Please call us at 332-7357. Our website and Facebook page will also have updated information as needed.
  • AARP Tax Aid program volunteers have canceled all tax appointments for this season.
  • AARP’s 4 Hour Defensive Driving Class for May 6th has also now been cancelled.
  • No Jackpot Junction trip in May, please check back later to see about a July trip.
  • “Music Man” at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre on Wednesday, July 1st is still being planned.