World Health Day

Health Day 2 2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMST. JOHNSBURY- Saturday is World Health Day, a day dedicated to helping people live long, healthy lives. One local nonprofit known as the Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging is a participant in changing lives everyday for the better. The Council on Aging's Lallie Mambourg shares why she enjoys giving back to others.

World Health day was created in 1948 under the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO is viewed as a day to draw worldwide attention to a subject of importance to global health every year. World Health Day is one of the eight official global campaigns that are marked by (WHO). The other global health campaigns include World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Aids Day, World Blood Donor Day and World Hepatitis Day.

Because the Northeast Kingdom is such a rural area, the Council on Aging was created for those who can't make it to town to get food and other supplies. Many elders and disabled people don't have access to these items because they aren't physically capable of doing so. Often times elders don't have any families to help support them as well. The Council on Aging delivers food through Meals on Wheels, the 3 squares Vermont food stamp program, the meal program that is offered at the Darling Inn in Lyndonville and they also deliver objects like shovels that people may need in the winter time to shovel their driveways.  This program also helps elders stay in their homes that they are comfortable living in, rather than staying in a nursing home. Nursing homes are often expensive and many elders don't like living in them. 

"Our case managers, I love to say (that) they are the most creative of us all because they go into people's homes. (They) build trust with them (and) they implement whatever services they can (provide) for the individual , (in order)to help them remain in their homes for the rest of their lives. We like to always say we provide the best for them, "said Mambourg.

Mambourg decided to be a part of the Council on Aging after her grandmother experienced some difficulties with every day tasks.

"Way back, long before I knew about a council on aging or anything about it, it was quite apparent to me that my grandma wasn't eating properly. I started researching and found meals on wheels and I've been a cheerleader for that program forever and ever because it changed my grandmother's life. She didn't feel well enough to cook a nutritious meal for herself everyday, she had terrible arthritis, so the risk of her dropping a pot of hot water or something (was increased). It was just too much for her to prepare good meals for herself anymore," said Mambourg.

The Council on Aging has been around since 1979.

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