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Saturday, November 27, 2021

The Grateful Column: Senior Resources’ Chore Program

Tony Tone
Tony Tone has worked as a radio personality in Muscatine and the Quad Cities since 2006. He currently serves as Muscatine Community School District Communication and Community Outreach Director and writes Talk of the Town with Tony Tone for the Discover Muscatine newspaper.

Muscatine Living

This week, I’m grateful for the services provided via Senior Resources located at 1808 Mulberry Avenue here in Muscatine. As I have written about previously, I deeply miss my grandparents, all of whom I had strong relationships with. We lived within walking distance from my Grandpa Bill and Grandma Marge. As they got older, I spent more and more time at their house helping out.

I’m passionate about doing what I am able to raise awareness of local services available for our seniors here in the Pearl City. Do you know that as of this very moment there are 102 senior citizens on the Senior Resources chore services list? Of that 102, there are 56 seniors who are in
need of help this winter with snow removal.

As much as I am personally not excited for winter to get here, it will happen sooner than later. If I had to assume (which again, I try not to do that often) our winter will be another rough one. If anything, the last few Februarys have been flat out brutal! Do you remember the time we had temps that were 30 and 50 degrees below zero?!

As I’m writing this, I’m trying to imagine what local seniors without someone to help them did during those frigidly cold days. They must have been trapped in their homes. Wow that is really hard to try and process.

This opportunity would be perfect for high school-aged students hoping to earn silver cord hours or, perhaps, for someone who has recently retired and wants to find a way to give back. Muscatine has an aging population of homeowners whose children or other family supports are increasingly moving out of the area. This, as you can imagine, creates an increased demand for services like these. The data tells us that one-third of people aged 65 and older fall each year, and approximately 31% of those are due to their environment, making it critical that their sidewalks are clear of snow and ice during the winter months.

The Senior Resources chore program ensures that our seniors are safe, but I worry without your help, they will not be able to serve those 56 seniors waiting for assistance. What if each of us made the decision to contact Senior Resources (at 563-263-7292 or by emailing my friend, John Bryant, who serves as their chore coordinator at; [email protected]) and signed up to help just one senior citizen? This newspaper is delivered to 22,500 households across Muscatine County. All we need is for 56 people to make the decision to help those local seniors in need.

Tis the season for paying it forward and doing all that we can for our neighbors in need. That is what makes Muscatine such a special place. Let’s rally around our seniors and make a difference together! Fire up the snow blowers and make sure your bags of salt are ready.

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