Older Americans today expect more.
We expect to live longer, to stay independent as long as possible and to contribute in meaningful ways.
A pioneer in the field of aging since 1982, OASIS has helped thousands redefine what they want their later years to look and feel like. Read more from Marcia Kerz ...
“You can’t tell these kids to do something and not do it yourself,” says Malcolm “Hoagy” Carmichael, a CATCH Healthy Habits volunteer in San Diego County. “I’m definitely more physically active and making adjustments in what I eat.”
“I just tell myself that I’m being healthy,” says Ava Bush, a peer facilitator for Better Choices, Better Health–Diabetes in Indianapolis. Ava refuses to consider herself on a diet. “I’m doing what I must to keep my body working as it should.”
“Learning to use the computer has impacted every aspect of my life,” says Laura Moreno, who has come up to speed by taking Connections classes through the Dallas Public Library. Laura is thrilled that seven of the courses are available in Spanish.
“Somebody asked if I was running out of issues," says Annette Guisbond, a volunteer in Syracuse who has planned political discussion forums since 2008, featuring experts from the media, politics and scholars. "The answer is no. There’s no shortage of things to discuss!"
“It’s reassuring to realize that we all have the same fears," says Dr. Nate Berger of Rockville MD, who appreciates being part of a caregiver support group at Washington Metro OASIS. A caregiver to his wife Nancy for 28 years, Berger recognizes he can’t do it alone.
OASIS donors like Betty and Lee Higbie of Albuquerque value education and the chance to do something meaningful in their community. Meet a few of the donors who participate in and support our programs financially each year.
Elizabeth McClodden of Los Angeles has taken a variety of OASIS classes, like jewelry-making, exercise and storytelling. Now she’s added acting to the list through an OASIS Actors Studio workshop. “At first, I was kind of intimidated, but it's something I’ve always wanted to try.”
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