Washington County Healthy Living Association (WCHLA), the Senior Activity Center, follows the mandates of the Older Americans Act in pursuing two primary goals. The first is to give quality and dignity to the lives of senior citizens by promoting community involvement, healthy habits, and independent living. WCHLA's efforts include:
• teaching good health and nutritional habits
• creating interaction between its senior citizens
and their community
• providing higher education classes
• encouraging peer camaraderie and group
support, and . . .
• just plain "having fun"
Each works toward giving strength and support toward independence for senior citizens throughout their "golden years."
The Senior Activity Center's second goal is to give relief to the huge and growing costs of medical and nursing home expenses, which are primarily paid for by our tax dollars through Medicare and Medicaid. The average cost of nursing home care is about $3,500 per month, per person. If a senior citizen requires help from home health care attendants giving support in a senior's home, which enables that senior continued independence, those costs average only about $1,200 per month.
There will always be a need for nursing home care, but we must look to the future with a new vision for our growing senior population. We are living longer, and we must focus toward staying healthy, active and independent. That is WCHLA's mission; that is who we are; and that is what we strive to do—not just for the 900+ senior residents of Washington County, but for the benefit of all citizens of Washington County.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors sets the policies and procedures for WCHLA which are mandated & governed by the Older Americans Act