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May 03, 2017

Dear friends I am happy to be a third of the way to my goal of $3000. Please give generously so I can advance. WARMLY Jean  See more

BENEFITING: FriendshipWorks

EVENT: FriendshipWorks Second Annual Walk-a-Thon

EVENT DATE: May 21, 2017

Jean Patel Bushnell

THE STORY:

Loneliness is a terrible thing. For the past 30 years of my life I have dedicated my professional efforts to uplifting the lives of older adults. Among my many roles in Aging Services I have so loved my time helping them to stay engaged and connected to the world around them. I have driven them to medical and non-medical appointments and listened to their stories of not hearing from anyone in days. I have called family members and asked them to make a call to their senior. In typical fashion elders want to bother no-one. They will wait for the phone call or the visit and suffer in silence. For many there is a lack of deep, engaging communication with other human beings. They feel their sense of self ebb and self-worth hit rock bottom. Here are some of the more recent findings regarding loneliness and aging Americans: 

• 18 percent of seniors live alone, while 43 percent report feeling lonely on a regular basis, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

 • Lonely seniors are more likely to decline and die faster. The aforementioned UCSF study also found that people 60-years-old and older who reported feeling lonely saw a 45 percent increase in their risk for death. Isolated elders also had a 59 percent greater risk of mental and physical decline than their more social counterparts. 

• 1 in 7 people with Alzheimer's disease live alone, according to a recently released report from the Alzheimer's Association. • Loneliness is contagious. Older adults who feel lonely are more prone to behave in ways that may cause other people to not want to be around them. Psychologists from the University of Chicago who analyzed data from the Farmingham Heart Study, a long-term, ongoing cardiovascular study, found that solitary seniors have a tendency to further isolate themselves by pushing people away and not making efforts to engage with others.  


The role of FriendshipWorks is simple – ending elder isolation, creating connections.  Our second walk is a key fund-raiser. My hope is that you will take time to donate so we can reach our goal of $100,000 for the second walk. THANK YOU!

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To This Fundraiser

$1,745

MONEY RAISED
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  • Karen and Lewis Bushnell

    $100

  • Ken and Marcia Bushnell

    $100

  • Joan Parcewski

    $25

  • Robert Sprague

    $100

  • Nina Silverstein

     

  • Len Fishman

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Padmini

    $25

  • Shari Gershenfeld

    $50

  • Jagi Umesh

    $100

  • HouseWorks

     

  • David Abelman

    $100

  • Ann Irving

     

  • Eric & Marie Joerger

    $100

  • Robert Mayer

     

  • Rodaline Jones

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • John and Ruthanne Igoe

    $250

  • Lori Prew in support of Jean Bushnell!

    $25

  • Purnima MD

    $100

  • Patrick Plummer

    $100

  • Sara Pelczar

    $50

  • Marjorie Pelczar

    $20

  • Ameeta Soni

    $100

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58% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Ameeta Soni

Ameeta Soni

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Marjorie Pelczar

Marjorie Pelczar

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Sara Pelczar

Sara Pelczar

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Patrick Plummer

Patrick Plummer

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Purnima MD

Purnima MD

DONATION: $100

Narasya s`ooka dagdhasya suhrud dars`anam aushadham -From Maha Bharata. i.e. The medicine for a person consumed by misery, is 'seeing a friend'. 2 years ago

Lori Prew in support of Jean Bushnell!

Lori Prew in support of Jean Bushnell!

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

John and Ruthanne Igoe

John and Ruthanne Igoe

DONATION: $250

Jean - thank you for all you do for the needy!!! 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Rodaline Jones

Rodaline Jones

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Robert Mayer

Robert Mayer

2 years ago