As one of Northern California’s most prominent aging services nonprofits, Eskaton continually challenges itself to improve life for older adults and advance awareness of their needs and contributions. Through its outreach, programming, volunteerism and transparent resource management, Eskaton fulfills its responsibility as a caring and effective community partner. In 2012-2013:
- Half of the approximately 3,700 older adults served by Eskaton each day have low to extremely low incomes.
- The nonprofit Adult Day Health Care program in Carmichael provides a warm and caring place for older adults to receive support and medical oversight while engaging in activities and building friendships.
- Eskaton partnered with ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer’s, an international nonprofit organization, to provide creative arts therapy to Eskaton’s Memory Care. Individuals living with dementia were treated to guided art appreciation workshops, tours of the Crocker Art Museum and participation in the “In the Mind of the Beholder” painting and exhibition project.
- A host of healthy-aging and educational workshops and publications were sponsored by Eskaton, including the UC Davis Health System “Mini Medical School” program, free in-depth weekly seminars to educate people about health and the aging process.
- 2,255 generous volunteers provided nearly 30,000 hours of support to Eskaton’s public service endeavors, from assisting with special events, providing friendship and entertainment, to serving on the Eskaton and Foundation board of directors.
- Eskaton Transportation Plus gave older adults rides to vital medical appointments and shopping excursions that would otherwise be difficult to reach.
- The Eskaton Telephone Reassurance program positively influenced the health and spirits of more than 500 often-isolated older adults with daily or weekly calls and visits.
- Eskaton Henson Manor in Sacramento has a thriving community garden. The community sits adjacent to a middle school and farm, so residents joined together to teach gardening skills and effective food production to students.