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QAH is based on the model of seniors helping seniors to thrive in their community.  

That means that members of both offer help as they can and seek help as they need. 
This reciprocity helps build on QAH's 3 foundational principles:

EMPOWERMENT, CONNECTION AND PURPOSE

 

  • Get a Plan! Get Organized! 

    • A centerpiece of our member benefits package is "My Senior Navigation Plan", our own unique tool for creating your life plan, collecting and organizing your vital information to ease communication with partners, other family members, doctors and others.

    • Each month, you'll tackle a "SNAP Chapter" to fill in the elements of your own personal life plan.  Experts in senior life planning offer presentations to help you accomplish your planning goals, while you and other QAH members help each other out with ideas and tips.  

    • SNAP Chapters include such topics as 
      • Emergency planning 
      • Visualizing and planning for contingencies
      • Legal considerations
      • Medical plans and directives
      • End of life options - your preferences, your plans
      • Gathering your key information (medical, insurance, financial and legal records, etc.)
      • Wellness and fitness plans
      • Streamlining to make life easier: sifting, sorting and getting rid of your "stuff"
      • Home safety plans
    • Over time, as you complete the full SNAP Chapter rotation, you'll end up with thorough documentation of every major aspect of your life plan.  This SNAP document (binder or digital) can be used to ease communication with partners, other family members, doctors and others.  Each time we go through the SNAP Chapter rotation, you'll ensure that all your information is complete and current.  
  • Get smart! Learn how to adapt to the changing situations you may encounter as you continue to "age well in place". 

    • Find out about emerging technology that will make it easier for you to stay safe, stay well, stay connected, and stay independent at home.

    • Connect with "Tech Pals" who can help you get the most out of your existing technology, like cell phones, social media, etc. 

    • Learn about support programs and resources available through Queen Anne's County

    • Find out about new developments facing seniors, such as research into the aging brain, wellness trends, etc...

  • Get Engaged!  Enjoy social activities and expand your circle of friends with others who value camaraderie, helping each other and staying active and engaged in a life of purpose. 

    • Set up an interest group.  Love the theater? Find other members who share your interest and set up a play reading group.  Or maybe writing novels, memoirs or poetry is more your thing.  Or a current events discussion group.  All it takes is your imagination, passion and a desire to connect with others. 
    • Find a fishing buddy. Or a quilting pal.  Another QAH member probably loves doing what you love to do, too.  

    • Be part of a "contact tree" to check in on members who may be living alone. 

    • Join a QAH task force to investigate the ins and outs of novel housing models for seniors (co-housing, "boom mates", etc.), or other hot topics where we will help shape our own future. 
  • Offer and get help!  Everyone needs a little help sometime, and seniors are no different.  You have skills and abilities that can help others, just as other QAH members can help you.  When you call a QAH pal, you can return the favor, or pass it along to another member.  Some examples include:
    • Driving - occasional doctor visits or shopping trips.  (Access to rides are determined by the availability of members to drive).

    • Home mending - minor home repairs (such as replacing hard-to-reach lightbulbs)

    • Home minding - taking care of things while you're laid up for a few days (such as watering your plants).

    • House help - light gardening or housework (finally getting rid of those hard-to-reach cobwebs!), decluttering, putting up or taking down holiday decorations, etc.

    • Local service providers - provide and access recommendations of contractors and vendors who pass the QAH member-approved test.

  • Have fun! Help set up or join in interesting events and outings to exciting places.
    • Concerts, plays, other events

    • Behind-the-scenes tours of local businesses

    • Check out local landmarks, like the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Adkins Arboretum...

  • Give back!  QAH is actively seeking out ways to put our members' experience, wisdom and attitude to work to benefit our larger community.  Some ideas might include: 

    • Be part of an "oral history" project - help younger people understand their roots and place in history while they practice social and writing skills.

    • Be a mentor to a youth who needs some additional support in order to reach his or her full potential.

  • Help QAH grow!  QAH is member focused and member driven.  We work together to help identify additional services that will help us thrive and plan how to provide that help. 

 

 

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