I know you like to share positive approaches to challenges. We have developed a successful approach to keep seniors from becoming isolated, and complimentary programs to reduce social isolation.

We created an Adopt a Senior program. We place volunteers, most of them are high school seniors, and teachers – some from churches that we recruited via social media with a senior or high risk resident. Their Angel brings them groceries, meds, and library materials. The angel also calls and is a new ‘pen pal’. So far this is working well both to harness the outpouring of good will and to help reduce loneliness, and keep seniors in their homes. Lots of work!! One on one calls to set it up, train, cori etc . When we are back to a ‘new normal’ we hope to have a BBQ mixer with Angels and seniors to bond – not through glass doors.

Second, we are going virtual with our exercise classes, and maybe even games (bingo). We have set up Zoom to allow for instructors to maintain relationships with their students, no one has to leave home! We have asked the friends for extra tablets to loan to the few students that don’t have anything to view classes on- and our volunteer IT are helping getting this on and everyone trained. So far so good!

Thought some solutions that are easily duplicated might help!

Wishing you well,

Alix from Lancaster
aturner@lancasterma.net

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