"Nothing beats stronger than the heart of a Volunteer"
The Area Agency on Aging for West Alabama offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. To request more information about how you can assist our agency and community as a volunteer click HERE.
"Fidget" Quilts Needed!
We need your help! The Area Agency on Aging is reaching out to those in our community in hopes of partnering with you in making “Fidget” Quilts available to anyone in our communities (individuals at home, in long term care facilities, assisted livings, hospitals, adult day care, etc.) who suffers from dementia.
Click here for helpful instructions and examples of "Fidget" Quilts.
If you quilt, are interested in quilting, or know of someone who does quilt, this partnership will allow our mission to reach those suffering from dementia possible. We know, the first thing you are thinking is, “what is a fidget quilt?” A "Fidget" Quilt or Activity Blanket is a small lap quilt, mat or blanket that provides sensory and tactile stimulation for the restless or "fidgety" hands of someone with Alzheimer's or related Dementias. “Fidget” Quilts or blankets provide sensory or tactile stimulation through the use of fabric choices, colors, value of colors next to one another, textures, and the use of accent or simple accessories such as pockets, laces, trims, appliques, buttons, secured beads, ribbons, braids, etc. As we serve those in our communities, we see the need for “Fidget” Quilts. Sensory stimulation for those who are struggling with dementia can provide soothing for those who are agitated. It can calm them. Engaging in an activity throughout the day has also been shown to help a person with dementia sleep better. The great thing about “Fidget” Quilts is you can make them the way you would like to! Any colors, themes, etc. will work. And even better, you can use fabric “scraps” to make them.
Please email Nikki Poe at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dana Rester at email@example.com or give us a call at 205-333-2990 or 1-800-432-5030 if you are interested in partnering with us on this project!
The State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) needs trained volunteers to assist with health insurance information and questions for Medicare beneficiaries.
Trained volunteers can assist in long-term care facilities through our Ombudsman program.
Senior Centers need volunteers to deliver meals to the home-bound clients in our seven county region.
Adopt a Senior
In December, volunteers are needed in order to make our annual Adopt a Senior at Christmas project a success.