You start an "Adopt-A-Grandparent" program for Your Neighborhood Assisted Living Facility which is received with much enthusiasm.

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Statistics state that as many as sixty percent of nursing home residents NEVER have a visitor (National Grandparents Day Council). This lack of personal relationships for the elderly leads to depression, poor health, and a dispirited daily existence. "Adopt-A-Grandparent" is a concept that has been successfully employed in many nursing homes and as a part of numerous community service programs to provide companionship to lonely, isolated seniors.

Typically, volunteers--i.e., "grandchildren" -- are paired up with a “grandparent” with whom they visit regularly and establish a special one-to-one relationship. Hence the grandchild is a much-needed friend, companion, and confidante to their adopted grandparent. Visits include participating in activities with the grandparents that range from playing games, to making crafts, to watching movies, to eating, and to just talking and socializing.

Both adopted grandparents and volunteers benefit from this special one-to-one relationship. Volunteers report that the relationship provides them with fulfillment, personal growth, and enjoyment while it benefits an elderly’s needs (Adopt-A-Grandparent-Foundation). In addition, these one-on-one relationships foster a stronger sense of community and assist in bridging generation gaps (Ibid.).

To learn how to implement an "Adopt a Grandparent'' in your community, visit the Adopt-A-Grandparent Foundation website or contact an area nursing home and ask about volunteer opportunities.

Adopt-A-Grandparent Foundation



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