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Dementia affects one in seven people over the age of 71.
Recent studies show that consistent human contact and interaction can reduce dementia and depression.
Rather than simply allowing these wonderful men and women - who are so often the most vulnerable members of our communities - to fend for themselves against loneliness and depression, we organize community meals, offer joyful activities, visit the homebound and even provide affordable residential facilities for seniors.
Every Salvation Army Corps Community Center reaches out to the senior citizens in their community differently to meet their specific needs. Through localized programs, older adults can gather together to share interests, develop new skills and enjoy the company of their peers.
Engaging the minds and bodies of seniors helps keep them feeling young, active and happy. At The Salvation Army, they can enjoy educational classes, kindle friendships over lunch, relive their youth with dances, take pre-retirement seminars and countless other activities.
The Salvation Army operates several residential facilities for older adults, providing not only living quarters, but also an atmosphere of love, acceptance and encouragement.
Adult Day Care Centers
Mental and physical disabilities can take a toll on older adults, as well as their spouses and providers. Knowing this, The Salvation Army provides adult day care programs where those who are unable to take care of themselves can enjoy activities and friendships, while their providers are given the opportunity to take care of other life matters for a few hours.
Did you know that the two 10-story towers on Third Street off Montgomery in Santa Rosa are the Silvercrest Senior Living Residence? For 40 years, The Salvation Army has operated this 186-unit facility for low-income elderly citizens, and it's still going strong.
The Santa Rosa Silvercrest Residence, contracted with HUD, is one of 27 similar projects throughout the western U.S. operated by The Salvation Army. These residences not only offer affordable housing for local seniors, but also a neighborhood in which to make friends, go on outings with others, share stories, play cards, and even attend church services, Bible Study, and a variety of small groups and services.
Seniors must qualify to live at Silvercrest by being at least 62 years of age with limited income and assets. Once accepted and through the lengthy waiting list, the tenant pays approximately 30% of their income as rent, which is inclusive of all utilities except phone service.
For information on Silvercrest, please call the manager, Trish Columbo, at 707-544-6766.
The Santa Rosa Silvercrest is located at 1050 3rd Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
The Women's Home League meets each Wednesday with a different theme of worship, education, service, and fellowship. Silvercrest is constantly served by The Salvation Army Santa Rosa Corps through the caring ministries of The Salvation Army's Senior Outreach and Socialization programs.