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Allena Kaplan

 
Allena Kaplan

Position: Volunteer

Organization: No Organization

 

Why should this person be nominated? (What makes nominee unique; why should they be selected the winner of this category?
For many many years, Allena has made it a priority in her life to Advocate and Serve the Senior Community. She has a great deal of respect for the Senior Population, beginning with her mother, aged 92.
The following is a list of some of the volunteer work Allena is involved in locally. Not all her work involves Seniors, but that just shows how hard she does work for everyone!

Volunteer work:

--calling bingo at retirement home;
--chair of bingo room at annual church Fiesta;
--arranging all rides for Senior church members for Doctor Appts., etc.
--Also drives as a volunteer for the Seniors program.

--baking with kids at ranch for neglected and abandoned children

--speaking for and giving tours at food bank;

--runner for documents among departments at county court on behalf of Seniors who are non-mobile;

--panel member and area chair for national IRS citizens advocacy group
to assist Seniors with understanding serious tax issues.

--making quilts at local hospitals;

--scholarships & parade for community council


What is this nominee’s involvement in senior care or senior issues
Allena has written a booklet, titled The Best You Can Be, Now and Always, it's a non-fiction booklet about adjusting to old age and the physical changes it brings. Allena has been inspired by her mother's life to write this booklet, much of it comes from her experiences with her own mother, and with other Seniors. It is meant to be a guide to some of the things that occur when dealing with aged persons. She is NOT selling the book, but will give it away with no strings except comments.

ALLENA'S MOTHER, her inspiration for the book:(In Allena's own words)

Mother is now 92, with Parkinson's, retina challenges, and osteoporosis, she manages to live a good quality life, with the help and support of her kids. I call her daily and try to stay on positive thoughts & events only. She still has all her mental faculties and I pray my mind last like hers has. Because her mind is still so sharp, understanding and perceiving her situation and her body, it's hard for her to stay positive. She is close to her 4 kids, 8 grandkids, and 4 great grandkids, as well as 4 surviving siblings. Their visits, calls, and emails keep her spirits up and gives her things to think about.