Everything listed under: Community Involvement

  • The Letters of Love Program for Older Adults

    By Helaina Hovitz for Next AvenueWith all the pressures today’s teenagers experience around academic work and extracurricular activities, while keeping up a social life, it’s truly remarkable to come across a young person who is not only running his own nonprofit and taking the time to volunteer, but doing it with the goal of bringing joy to a much older demographic.Jacob Cramer, of Cleveland, is truly remarkable.Now 18, Cramer began volunteering at a nursing home at the start of his adolescence...  Read More...

  • Wanted: Older Adults to Serve as Poll Workers

    By Kevyn Burger for Next AvenueAs Deputy Commissioner of Elections for Linn County, Iowa, Rebecca Stonawski is tracking hundreds of details to prepare for Election Day in November, when voters living in the greater Cedar Rapids area, like those in the rest of the nation, will mark their ballots.One of those tasks on her to-do list is sending a card to congratulate a 90-year-old woman on her big birthday. The recipient is the oldest and longest-serving poll worker in the county.“I think she’s bee...  Read More...

  • Older Volunteers and Patients Win With Therapy Dog Visits

    By Tami Kamin Meyer for Next AvenueJudy Turner, 62, of Powell, Ohio, has been taking her German shepherd to various health care facilities since January 2017.“When I see the smiles Sunny puts on the faces of people she meets, I know we are helping someone who may be having a bad day, or just [providing] a distraction from what is going on in their life,” she says. Among the places they visit is the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus.“As a dog lover, I know how much joy and s...  Read More...

  • One Surprising Way Older Adults Can Get Healthier

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  • The Power of Sharing Our Stories

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