How to help
To offer assistance to Age Well Forsyth: call (678) 341-9535; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; visit www.agewellforsyth.org; or write to the organization at Hearthstone Lodge Community Center, 7305 Lanier Drive, Cumming, GA 30041.
For about five years, Age Well Forsyth has worked to help the county’s senior citizens.
Now, the nonprofit organization is asking for help of its own.
"We’ll take anything. Any way that anyone would like to get involved," said Lori Newcomb, president of the nonprofit organization.
Newcomb said the group could use volunteers, donations and assistance from those who can help provide care for seniors.
Since its inception, Age Well Forsyth has worked to support Forsyth County Senior Services.
The organization has raised money for necessities at the center and donated $10,000 for its home-delivered meal program. It also bought exercise equipment for the county’s Hearthstone Lodge Community Center.
The group will continue to serve the senior centers, but Newcomb said she’s setting her sights on a higher goal. She hopes to raise $60,000 to continue expanding senior respite programs.
The county currently has the Sunshine Club, which provides up to three days of transportation and four hours of respite care per week for elderly unable to be left alone.
Newcomb has volunteered with the club for more than eight years.
It’s a beneficial service to the senior population, she said, but one that is limited at a time when the need is growing.
"Our ultimate goal is to build affordable adult day care in the county," she said.
"There’s tons of help if you need children or family services. But as I know in my own profession, unfortunately, elderly just get lost in the shuffle."
Newcomb, a Forsyth resident, works for Kroger as a geriatric pharmacist.
Age Well Forsyth has recently elected a new board of directors, which Newcomb said is "really organized and we feel like we’re ready to begin fundraising."
"We want the county to start recognizing us as somewhere people can turn to when they need help with anything senior services related," she said.