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Seniors' Economic Struggles Continue This Holiday; Santa Program Provides Assistance

With Home Instead Senior Care of Mt. Juliet, you can help brighten the life of a senior this holiday season.
Be a Santa to a Senior this holiday season.

Be a Santa to a Senior®, the popular campaign that has delivered 1.5 million gifts to needy seniors throughout North America during the past seven years, again is helping older adults cope in tough economic times.

The area office of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care and companionship services for older adults, has partnered with GNRC, Lebanon Senior Center, Meals on Wheels of Wilson County, SCAN, Friendship Christian School, Castle Heights Elementary School, Gladeville Elementary School, Rutland Elementary School and the Girl Scouts of Wilson County and Area Retailers and Businesses (see list below) to provide gifts and companionship to seniors who otherwise might not receive either this holiday season.

"Many older adults continue to struggle in a down economy, particularly those who live alone with no family nearby to help provide resources," said Maggie Julian, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Hermitage, DeKalb, Smith and Wilson Counties. Seniors have faced a trying year amid the threat of Social Security payment delays as part of the debt-ceiling debate. What's more, seniors have lost almost one-third (32 percent) of their buying power since 2000, according to the Annual Survey of Senior Costs from The Senior Citizens League (TSCL).

That's where Be a Santa to a Senior can help. Before the holiday season, the participating local nonprofit organizations will identify needy and isolated seniors and provide those names to the local Home Instead Senior Care office. Christmas trees, which will go up in (See list below) on November 11 through December 15 will feature ornaments with the first names only of the seniors and their gift requests.

Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. "We hope holiday shoppers will open their hearts to those seniors who have given so much to make our community a better place," Julian said.

For more information about the program, visit www.beasantatoasenior.com.

Tree Locations:

CedarStone Bank Location:

900 W. Main St.
Lebanon, TN

4140 N. Mt. Juliet Rd.
Mt. Juliet, TN

2900 Lebanon Rd.
Nashville, TN

Lebanon Chamber of Commerce
149 Public Square
Lebanon, TN

CVS Locations:

2500 Lebanon Rd.
Nashville, TN

1455 A West Main St.
Lebanon, TN

4402 Lebanon Rd.
Hermitage, TN

Star Physical Therapy ALL Locations:

USCC/Hutsenpillar Insurance
2700 North Mt. Juliet Road
Mt. Juliet, TN

Summit Medical Center
5655 First Blvd.
Hermitage, TN

Girls Scouts of Middle Tennessee
149 Public Square
Lebanon, TN

US Bank of Mt. Juliet
300 Pleasant Grove Rd. Ste 110
Mt. Juliet, TN

Willis Group
26 Century Blvd.
Nashville, TN

Summit Walk-In Clinic
669 S. Mount Juliet Rd.
Mt. Juliet, TN

Elmcroft Assisted Living
801 W. main St.
Lebanon, TN

Beauty Boutique
224 West Main Street
Lebanon, TN

Crystal Couture
110 Public Sqaure
Lebanon, TN

University Medical Center


Editor's Note: For more information, or to arrange photos, contact Maggie Julian at 615.553.4297.

ABOUT HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE
Home Instead Senior Care® of Mt. Juliet is part of the Home Instead Senior Care network, the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 900 independently owned and operated franchises throughout the country. The Mt. Juliet location serves the areas of Hermitage, Wilson, Smith and DeKalb. The Home Instead Senior Care network provides basic support services – activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping – which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. At Home Instead Senior Care, we provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors in Hermitage, Wilson, Smith and DeKalb.