by Tony Rovere
Volunteering opportunities keep seniors active and give them a sense of purpose in their retirement. To that end, I am giving you three services that are needed. In this way, you can match your skills and what you enjoy with what is needed in your community.
Obviously, there are many charities that are in need of your services. Go to any, whether it is Meals-on-Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, your local house of worship, etc., and you wll definitely fill a role and a need. But the ideas I am going to give you will be a little more unique, a little outside-the-box, but just might be the thing you are looking for.
Senior Adult Day Care Centers
These are community-based centers that offer socialization, personal care, a meal and supervision to seniors who cannot remain alone but do not require 24-hour care. These organizations need volunteers like you to help with caring for these frail or impaired adults.
Foster Grandparent Program
This program matches seniors with special needs children so that both can have their lives enriched through their association with each other. Foster grandparents will typically work around 15-20 hours a week…depending upon the schedule of the volunteer…and the activities can range from storytelling, tutoring and playing games.
Depending upon where you are located, the volunteer could receive a small stipend, a meal and transportation assistance.
Telephone Reassurance and Friendly Visiting
For those over 60 years old who live alone, daily telephone contact is important to assure good health and most of all emotional well-being. Friendly visiting provides person-to-person contact which helps to prevent isolation. Often these types of telephone calls and visits are a seniors only contact with the outside world.
As a volunteer, you would be a friend to either call or visit those who cannot get out. This helps to break social isolation and helps elderly seniors to participate in society.
All of these ideas came from a visit I made to my local Office of the Aging. And while your local area may not have the exact programs I listed above, there will be similar ones available so that you can get the most out of your volunteerism.
©2012 Tony Rovere Used by permission
Tony Rovere became an advocate for senior citizens and senior-health issues after having to deal with the complexities of the Medicaid process following his mother's heart attack. He now shared his insights on caregiving and senior issues at his blog, Stuff Seniors Need, where he shares information regarding cell phones for senior citizens,
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