San Antonio heat wave weekend sparks concerns for homebound seniors, pets
Animal Care Services is urging pet owners to have a heat plan for their outdoor animals. Meals on Wheels says it will be available to help homebound seniors get information about cooling centers ahead of three-digit temperatures this weekend.
Ageless Exercise: Ballet for Seniors
We all know eating right and exercising are key to staying healthy. But can flexing our creative muscles help us thrive as we age? Research from the national institute on aging suggests participating in the arts may improve not only our physical well-being, but our mental health, as well. And now, one woman is getting the elderly off their recliners and into ballet class.
What’s Up South Texas!: Two women give the name ‘cat lady’ a new, productive meaning
Two ladies living at the Army Residence Community are giving the name ‘cat lady’ a whole new and productive meaning. They trap, spay and neuter neighborhood cats, strays, and feral cats before releasing them back into the community.
San Antonio City Council approves vaccine registry for ages 65+
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio seniors will soon be able to sign up for a vaccine registry, which could make it easier for them to get an appointment. The San Antonio City Council members present voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon. AdIt could take three to four weeks to develop and open up the registry, Bridger said, which the city will develop with Health Access San Antonio (HASA), a local, health information organization. So Courage, along with District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran and District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, called for a special city council meeting to address it again. “Once ready, the registry will make it significantly easier for residents 65 years and older to obtain a vaccine appointment.”
WATCH: Homebound seniors receive COVID-19 vaccine from SAFD
SAN ANTONIO – Some of the community’s homebound seniors have started to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from the comfort of their own homes. The Seniors First Program is an effort by the state to deliver 1,000 shots to the community a week specifically for homebound seniors. On Tuesday, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said 380 vaccines have been given out in two days. Meals on Wheels San Antonio provides the list of interested clients to the city and they determine how to prioritize vaccine recipients. Watch the video in the player above.
Seniors are turning to home sharing as a way to help with isolation and income
That’s why more and more people are turning to home sharing as a solution. Not only can you find a friend, it also guarantees a steady stream of income as you age. Sue and Sue. Companies such as Silvernest and Senior Home Shares match seniors who want to stay in their homes with people who need a home. Wendi Burkhardt, founder of Silvernest, says house sharing sites like hers can help.
Family member pushes for increased security after series of break-ins at San Antonio retirement community
“Some sort of a blunt instrument was used to move a relatively cheap lock in a relatively cheap wooden door away from an aging wooden frame,” he said. Retirement Center Management, which handles the property, said it is taking quick action to ensure its residents are safe both in independent and assisted living buildings. The police were called in each case and the incidents are subject to an ongoing police investigation. San Antonio police detectives with Property Crimes Unit are investigating the cases. “I’ve told them that they need to get rid of these antiquated wooden doors with cheap locks and aging frames,” Dankof said.
Organizations come together to teach isolated seniors how to use the internet
SAN ANTONIO – Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, countless seniors, among the most susceptible to COVID-19, are now homebound. To help those who are feeling isolated, Adult Protective Services has teamed up with San Antonio’s faith community and the nonprofit Senior Planet, on a committee known as Silver Sabbath, to teach seniors how to go online. "Adult Protective Services is excited to work together with the Silver Sabbath Committee in our efforts to build connections for older adults in the Bexar County area," said Ann Cortez, district director for APS. Rosalind Harris, founder and executive director of the Inspiration Center, said she hopes seniors and their caregivers can take part. "So they can literally watch the seminar together," Harris said, and share what they've learned with others.
Moms organize high school prom for seniors during COVID-19 pandemic
Guadalupe County High school seniors in Guadalupe County are excited after learning four moms worked hard to put together their prom, which was at one time was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have a lot of people giving TVs for door prizes, a DJ is giving his time, flowers, we have cash prizes, Bassel said. We have had to unfortunately limit it to only seniors and their guest and we are 8 tickets away from the max which is 250, Bassel said. Weve been on these kids constantly like, be really careful, Bassel said. Do all the things so we can enjoy these last two events together for the moms and kids and everybody.
Dozens of San Antonio seniors receive box fans through Project Cool program
SAN ANTONIO – As temperatures continue to heat up, Project Cool is in full effect to help seniors in the community stay cool this summer with free fans. Dozens of seniors received 20-inch box fans on Friday. The program's goal is to provide 5,000 fans as a low-cost and low-energy way to keep seniors cool without increasing their electricity bill. Project Cool is organized through the City of San Antonio and various nonprofits, like Catholic Charities. They can be dropped off at Catholic Charities at 202 West French Place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Sidney Lanier High School seniors celebrate graduation with car parade
Sidney Lanier High School seniors held a unique graduation celebration in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Seniors lined up car by car instead of side-by-side on the stage to celebrate together as a graduating class. Instead, a parade was held to acknowledge and celebrate all that the students have achieved. Watch more about the celebration in the video player above. San Antonio woman turns 107, community celebrates with car parade
Check in on them: Don’t forget about seniors during pandemic, San Antonio psychiatrist says
Check in on them: Don’t forget about seniors during pandemic, San Antonio psychiatrist saysPublished: May 21, 2020, 10:29 pmMental health experts are asking the community to be more vigilant about looking after seniors during the coronavirus pandemic.
Warren High School seniors put school up for sale on Craigslist
SAN ANTONIO – With a few weeks left in the school year, Warren High School seniors have executed a creative prank online. The posting went up on Craigslist two days ago and the price for the building was $2,020. The “senior special” included administration as well. Warren High School seniors put school up for sale on Craigslist (Screenshot of Craigslist)The Senior Realty Group was behind the posting and they even posted a ‘For sale’ banner in front of the school, saying it had been vacant since March. Good Morning Twitter if you or someone you know is in the market to buy some property look no furtherEarl Warren High School For SaleSenior Special: $2020 (admin included)click the link below if interestedhttps://t.co/aciAPWOgKC#seniorprank #senior2020 #school @NISDWarren pic.twitter.com/DMLS4Tymxj — elizabeth🧮 (@lizzy10428) May 14, 2020As of Saturday morning, the posting was still up on Craiglist.
Words from the wise: San Antonio seniors offer tips on lasting love
SAN ANTONIO – In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we want to know what the secret is to lasting love. (San Antonio Housing Authority)Nancy and Jesus have been married for 47 years and counting. (San Antonio Housing Authority)“Respect each other, trust each other and love each other," the couple says. (San Antonio Housing Authority)“Be friends first and support each other through thick and thin," the couple says. (San Antonio Housing Authority)“Have patience with each other and respect each other over everything,” the couple says.