We as a society are more isolated and lonelier than ever but no group is impacted more than the elderly and the youth in our communities.
Eric Peterson and Professor Jason Powell are trying to end that one match at a time.
Together they’ve come up with a program to help the youth not only gain mentorship from the elders in the community but to also provide friendship and companionship.
Eric and Professor Jason developed Seniors4Seniors, a program which brings together the older adults and youth in our communities, enabling enriching, real human connections.
This program establishes connections between individuals with shared interests, with a focus on career aspirations of the youth that correspond to career backgrounds of the older adults. This is a unique approach that enables relationships that truly touch the human heart and mind.
A recent article from Harvard addresses the impact social isolation has on memory and overall cognition.
The past two years have made the holidays feel even more isolating.
This holiday will continue to be impacted due to the pandemic so we need to do our part to making sure the seniors in our community are not isolated and lonely. You can do your part by reaching out to your parents and grandparents but you can also send cards and make phone calls to other family members as well.
“Loneliness and isolation should be challenged at every level”.
~Professor Jason Powell
To learn more about the Seniors4Seniors program please check out their website.
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