2020 has certainly been a challenging one for everyone, especially older adults and their caregivers. With your support and encouragement, Keiro was able to shift our programming to adapt to the current climate, while remaining focused on improving the quality of life of Our Community’s older adults!
Shift to Virtual Program and Events
During 2020, over 2,700 older adults have gathered together through our weekly virtual programs and events. Months of staying safe at home have also led to isolation and loneliness, which is why it is so important to stay connected with older adults wherever they call home. Although we are a long way from reaching every older adult through technology, our efforts have been a huge start and we look forward to creating new and exciting opportunities to stay in touch.
“Keiro Forums are definitely one of my positive discoveries during this COVID quarantine.”Mitzi, regular Keiro virtual forum attendee
Little Tokyo Eats – Partnership to Deliver Meals to Vulnerable Older Adults
Since April 2020, over 8,000 meals have been provided to older adults residing in Little Tokyo through the Little Tokyo Eats program. In partnership with Little Tokyo Service Center and Little Tokyo Community Council, this meal program was created to address the immediate needs of our local older adults who are most vulnerable. We will continue working with impacted local small businesses to deliver hundreds of meals weekly to high risk individuals through 2020.
“I look forward to every meal. I am so extremely grateful. Please convey my appreciation to everyone.”Resident in Little Tokyo
Iyashi Care – Culturally-sensitive palliative care for older adults with illnesses and their caregivers
This culturally-sensitive palliative care program, in partnership with Providence, provides an extra layer of support to older adults with serious illnesses and their caregivers.
Despite COVID-19, community members can still access Iyashi Care. Please fill out the inquiry form on our website or call 213.873.5791 and leave a message.
Supporting Former Facilities
Keiro continues to help our former facilities provide culturally-sensitive programming and special events for its residents. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Keiro supported the front-line employees with weekly meals purchased from local small businesses.
Relevant Information to the Community on the Pandemic
Our community is able to stay informed on relevant and accurate COVID-19 information and resources. Since March 2020, Keiro has been committed to providing timely updates and resources about the pandemic in both English and Japanese. With your help, we will continue to provide that pertinent information through our website, e-newsletters, social media, and webinars.
“Especially helpful and timely are your feature articles about stress management during COVID-19 and differences between cold, flu, and COVID-19. Your research and information keeps us protected, healthy, and improving our quality of life!”Community Partner Leading Senior Groups