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Dec, 2013



Another year is nearing an end. I am often in a state of amazement thinking about all that has taken place in this little place in its short lifetime. But I'm getting ahead of myself.   Year-end reflections are still a month away. We have Thanksgiving, the Christmas season and a huge list of activities, visitors, and special events to anticipate!


We are just about to complete a wonderful educational series on aging and caregiving. This year's "Learning to Grow Old" has brought together more than 40 people here for three Tuesday evenings in November. The final program will take place tomorrow evening, November 26. We've had requests for more information from as far away as Tennessee. I am indebted to our terrific speakers who made this year's program so meaningful. Thank-you Katrina, Andrew, Kay, Lora, and Kim! Your powerful presentations were so well received. I look forward to working with you all in the year ahead.


Our Visioning Process is off to a strong start. Lisa Osterman from Community Solutions is leading the effort as our consultant. She has assembled a team of 14 Still Waters' Visionaries who will provide an overall framework for our future. We have met for an initial strategy session and set a timetable for what is to follow. The next step is a survey, designed to gather ideas and feedback from the larger community. Please watch for that survey to reach you via email on December 4. We want to hear from you, whether you are a family connected to Still Waters, a volunteer, a donor, a

"Hope, Dreams & Gratitude"
This beautiful Christmas tree was created by Still Waters guests and donated to a local Assisted Living Facility

professional in the senior services industry, or just an interested community member. The Central Indiana Community Foundation (through the James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women) has generously provided funds to pay for a significant portion of the costs of this process. 


December is also a time when many folks make charitable gifts. I hope you will consider adding Still Waters to your year-end giving list. We have highlighted a variety of giving options below. This year, in addition to financial gifts using check or Pay Pal, we have an Wish List where you can order an item we need and it will be shipped to us. It can't get any easier than that. 


And last but not least, as has been our custom the past two years, our Christmas Gift Wrap service starts Dec 2 and runs through Dec 20. Please support this event by bringing in your gifts or volunteering as a wrapper. 


I want to wish each of you a blessed Christmas and a very happy New Year. May this holy season fill your heart with peace!





Kathy Pellman, Executive Director



End of Year Giving Opportunities


Would you like to help Still Waters by purchasing items we use on a regular basis, including art supplies, paper products, or snack items?  Our new wish list on is so easy to use! Simply follow the link here and whatever you purchase will be shipped directly to our door, making giving more convenient than ever for everyone!


PayPal is another easy way to include Still Waters in your holiday giving. Just follow the link here and you can quickly and securely donate to Still Waters online.


Our gift wrap fundraiser runs from December 2 through December 20. We need volunteer "elves" to help our wrap and tag. If you cannot donate your time, let us help you by wrapping and tagging your gifts! Simply drop off your gifts at Still Waters between 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM, and they will be ready for pickup between 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM the same day! A $2.00 per package donation is recommended.




Help us say "Thank you!" to Alibi's!



Monday evening, December 3 is our final First Monday at Alibi's Grill for the year.  Please join your friends for food, fun, and fellowship at our favorite neighborhood restaurant.  Dine in and carry-out orders from 3:00 pm to close generate $$$ for Still Waters (be sure to mention Still Waters when you order).


During the past 8 months, Alibi's managers Chris and Jeff have opened their hearts and doors to Still Waters, donating over $1,000 in dining proceeds to our Center.  Please take a moment to say "Thanks" to any of their wait-staff.  We look forward to re-starting this popular event in the Spring.  In the meantime, we hope you'll continue to patronize this great local business.

What's on the Minds of Central Indiana Seniors?


CICOA, the Central Indiana Area Agency on Aging recently released the results from a statewide survey of older Hoosiers (age 60+).  The objectives of the 2013 CASAO (Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults) were to:

  • Identify community strengths in serving older adults
  • Articulate the specific needs of older adults in the community
  • Estimate contributions made by older adults to the community
  • Determine the connection of older adults to the community

In general, older Hoosiers in Area 8 (Marion and the surrounding 7 counties of Central Indiana) rate their overall quality of life, health, and happiness quite high.  Central Indiana seniors gave high ratings to their community as a place to live and 60% plan to stay in the community throughout retirement.  80% rated their overall quality of life as Good or Excellent.


Beneath those global measures, however, are a number of specific problem areas that should be of concern to community leaders, policy-makers, planners, and funders.  Below are some of areas that relate to the adult day services industry:


Information about services: 
  • 63% reported that "not knowing what services are available to older adults in your community" was a problem.
  • 43% reported that "Having adequate information or dealing with public programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid" was a problem
  • 60% reported that they were providing care for another person (most often another older adult).  Of those, 24% said "feeling physically burdened by providing care for another person" was a problem.  Likewise, 28% of caregivers identified themselves as "feeling emotionally burdened", and 23% identified "feeling financially burdened."
Physical Health Issues: 
  • 42% reported their overall physical health as fair or poor.
  • 64% reported that "staying physically fit" was a problem
  • 36% reported falling in their home at least once in the past 12 months
  • 24% spent at least one day in the hospital
  • 34% had at least one visit to the ER
Mental Health Issues:
  • 40% said "Feeling depressed" was a problem
  • 45% said "Forgetfulness" was a problem
  • 32% said "Having friends or family to help" was a problem
  • 52% said "Feeling bored" was a problem
  • 37% said "Feeling lonely or isolated" was a problem
  • 40% said "Dealing with the loss of a close family member of friend" was a problem
Civic Engagement:
  • 73% rated volunteer opportunities in their community as good or excellent, however 67% reported spending No Time volunteering for a group/activity in the community.

The entire report may be found here.


Our guests made some beautiful murals!
Jessie is one of our favorite furry friends!
In This Issue
Giving Opportunities
Alibi's Night
CICOA Report
Upcoming Events
Christmas Gift Wrap
Volunteer Appreciation
 Upcoming Events

Monday, Dec 2
 - "First Monday" at Alibi's Grill 3-9 pm
Join us at Alibi's. Enjoy good food and friends and help raise $$ for our Center.  

Monday, Dec 2- 
Friday, Dec 20
Still Waters Gift Wrap Service
Monday, Dec 23 - Still Waters Art Show.  Our guests have been inspired, creative, and thoughtful during their weekly studio sessions. As part of Family & Caregiver Appreciation Day, we'll display some of their work. Please feel free to drop by between 3:30 and 5:30 to see what they have created.
Tues. & Weds, Dec 24 & 25 - 
Still Waters is closed. Merry Christmas!


Let us wrap your Christmas gifts!



Getting ready for the holidays can be overwhelming. Bring your unwrapped gifts to Still Waters and let us wrap them for you! Our talented and hard-working elves will wrap, ribbon, and tag them. 


Drop your gifts off between 7:00 and 10:00 AM Monday through Friday at Still Waters starting Monday, December 2, through Friday, December 20. They will be ready for pickup between 4:30 and 6:00 PM that very same day!


A $2.00 per package donation is recommended, and all proceeds will support Still Waters Adult Day Center.

 World's Best Volunteers


On October 21, Still Waters celebrated the many wonderful volunteers who help at the Center by hosting a reception at Alibi's Grill.



Here is a snap shot of some of the many contributions Still Waters' volunteers have made during the past 12 months:

  • Made 196 trips to Chef Suzanne's to pick up lunch
  • Served 3,335 meals to guests at Still Waters- then washed all the dishes that those meals dirtied
  • Entertained us with 80 piano and vocal concerts
  • Pampered our guests with over 30 hours' worth of
  • Brought your furry friends for 56 visits
  • Donated a total of 2,640 hours of your valuable time to Still Waters

On November 10, three volunteers who are members of the congregation were recognized at Volunteer Sunday at Castleton United Methodist Church. Congratulations to:
Clarence Wright, Carolyn Zook, and Meredith Wilson!