McHENRY – Many lonely, socially isolated seniors living in their own homes need positive social interaction, support and, most importantly, friendship.
Area residents who would like to help the seniors in the community in this way are encouraged to volunteer with the Senior Companion Program at Senior Services Associates.
A few hours once a week engaging in activities with a senior that give them pleasure and purpose can help with loneliness, isolation, depression and self-esteem, according to a news release.
Activities enjoyed include taking a walk, playing board or card games, going for a scenic drive, enjoying a meal together, sharing photos and the stories that go along with them, or simply enjoying a conversation that allows seniors to open up and express themselves freely.
Senior-friendly, conversational, positive and social men and women are encouraged to become senior companions.
Volunteers gain the satisfaction of knowing they will be offering much-needed companionship each time they visit their senior. Volunteers also will make a friend – one with many years of knowledge and history behind them.
Volunteering can assist in bulking one’s résumé, as many employers see the value and character it takes to be a volunteer.
Lastly, volunteers have the opportunity to relax, enjoy refreshing recreational activities, and relieve stress.
For information on becoming a volunteer, call Jackie Smith, Senior Companion Program coordinator, at 815-344-3555.