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Six nonprofit organizations that are serving the elderly are the Institute on Aging, NeighborRide, Shepherd’s Centers of America, WISE & Healthy Aging, Action for Older Persons, and Meals on Wheels. Details of these organizations are below.

1. Institute on Aging

  • The Institute on Aging is a nonprofit organization that works to “enhance the quality of life for adults as they age by enabling them to maintain their health, well-being, independence and participation in the community.”
  • Services offered by the Institute on Aging include home care and support; social day programs; psychology and counseling; health services, community living services; and education, training, and events.
  • The community served by the Institute of Aging is the San Francisco Bay Area in California.
  • Its competitive advantage compared to the National Council on Aging (NCOA) is that the Institute on Aging offers specific support to “individuals who are unable to join other programs because of complex traits such as dementia, frailty, behavioral health concerns or difficulty complying with medical or therapeutic recommendations.”
  • Its disadvantage compared to the NCOA is that it only operates on a regional basis, which excludes many seniors who could benefit from this type of organization.

2. NeighborRide

  • NeighborRide is a nonprofit organization that works to enhance “the health and quality of life for Howard County’s seniors by providing the comfort and peace of mind of affordable, passenger-focused transportation services through a reliable, volunteer-based system.”
  • The main service offered by NeighborRide is trusted transportation for senior citizens to medical appointments, stores, faith activities, and social outings.
  • The community served by NeighborRide is Howard County, Missouri.
  • Its competitive advantage compared to the NCOA is that NeighborRide operates on a fully volunteer basis, so there is no need to pay for employees.
  • Its disadvantage compared to the NCOA is that NeighborRide offers just one service for seniors rather than offering many services to help seniors in all aspects of life.

3. Shepherd’s Centers of America

  • Shepherd’s Centers of America is a nonprofit organization that is “focused on creating meaningful opportunities for service, lifelong learning, individual well-being and independent living designed by, with and for older adults through an interfaith network of community-based organizations.”
  • Services offered by Shepherd’s Centers of America include lifelong learning programs, volunteer transportation, home support services, health and wellness services, social programs, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Shepherd’s Centers of America offers assistance to seniors nationwide.
  • Its competitive advantage compared to the NCOA is that Shepherd’s Centers of America is supported by interfaith organizations, which means it has pools of volunteers from local religious groups to draw from.
  • Its disadvantage compared to the NCOA is that it does not offer the number of services for seniors that NCOA offers.

4. WISE & Healthy Aging

  • WISE & Healthy Aging is a nonprofit organization that is designed to advance “the dignity and quality of life of older adults through leadership, advocacy and high-quality, innovative services.”
  • Services offered by WISE & Healthy Aging include adult day service, care management, caregiver resources, peer counseling, training and education, transportation, and health lunch programs.
  • WISE & Healthy Aging serves the city and county of Los Angeles, California.
  • Its competitive advantage compared to the NCOA is that WISE & Healthy Aging has a food program that serves healthy lunches every day to hungry senior citizens.
  • Its disadvantage compared to the NCOA is that it only operates on a regional basis, which excludes many seniors who could benefit from this type of organization.

5. Action for Older Persons

  • Action for Older Persons is a nonprofit organization that “provides advocacy, individualized counseling, and unbiased information to empower older adults and their families to make informed decisions.”
  • Services offered by Action for Older Persons include health insurance counseling and assistance, end of life planning, consumer advocacy, long-term care and nursing home ombudsman, and seminars.
  • The communities served by Action for Older Persons are Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, and Tioga Counties in New York.
  • Its competitive advantage compared to the NCOA is that Action for Older Persons’ membership dues are significantly cheaper than those for NCOA (NISC).
  • Its disadvantage compared to the NCOA is that it only operates on a regional basis, which excludes many seniors who could benefit from this type of organization.

6. Meals on Wheels America

  • Meals on Wheels America is a nonprofit organization that empowers “local community programs to improve the health and quality of life of the seniors they serve so that no one is left hungry or isolated.”
  • Services offered by Meals on Wheels America include providing home-delivered meals to seniors and managing congregate meal sites such as senior centers.
  • Meals on Wheels America serves senior citizens across the country.
  • Its competitive advantage compared to the NCOA is that Meals on Wheels is a highly recognized organization that is in more than 5,000 communities in the U.S.
  • Its disadvantage compared to the NCOA is that it only provides a single service to senior citizens rather than offering a wide range of services like the NCOA does.
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