Community Outreach at SCOA Volunteer Opportunities & Learning Events for Seniors
Sealy Center on Aging community outreach activities include volunteerism and educational activities for the UTMB community and local seniors. Read more about our programs below.
SCOA is the home of the Alzheimer's Association Galveston Regional Office. During the Walk to End Alzheimer's each September, UTMB Division of Geriatrics and SCOA employees raise funds and attend the annual event. Together with the department of Internal Medicine, our team has been recognized repeatedly by the Alzheimer's Association as one of the top contributors to this cause.
Center for Spirituality of Aging
The Center for Spirituality of Aging inspires seniors to embrace aging as a spiritual journey, a time for finding deeper meaning and purpose. The gift of years is for living life to the fullest, a time for creativity, serving others and lifelong learning. Community outreach programs provide health related (physical, emotional, social and spiritual) activities and link elders in Galveston County with resources through the Sealy Center on Aging and other entities at UTMB. Outreach programs also provide a forum for caregivers of the elderly to share experiences and resources.
Faces of Aging Volume I & II
In 2014, SCOA published and distributed the second edition of the book series, Faces of Aging, which features professional photographs by Marilyn Brodwick, MA, of the elderly, many of whom live in Galveston. This edition, Faces of Aging II, was a follow-up publication to the original book published in 2000, and includes descriptions of UTMB, SCOA, and its many programs and opportunities for community involvement. We widely distribute these books to legislators, other Centers on Aging and Divisions of Geriatrics nationwide, as well as members of the community.
RSVP Volunteer Program of Galveston County (RSVP)
RSVP of Galveston County has served the community for over a decade with support from the Sealy Center on Aging. The program provides volunteer recruitment and placement for over 180 volunteers age 55 and older. In 2015, RSVP volunteers served over 23,300 hours among 20 non-profit agencies. That translates to $526,625 in valuable donated volunteer efforts among the non-profit sector in Galveston County communities.
Sealy Center on Aging Learning Center
The Sealy Center on Aging Learning Center is a free, accessible resource to promote healthy lifestyles, educate, and support seniors in our community as well as seniors visiting UTMB. This library is housed in the UTMB Primary Care Pavilion, conveniently located on Harborside Drive in Galveston, with ample free parking for the library's visitors. The Learning Center offers interactive talks on a variety of aging-related topics, free computer usage (and tutorials), fact sheets on health issues, brochures for agencies providing services to the older population and their families, and books and movies for education and entertainment.