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 elderlys 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