Three years and counting! I am forever grateful for Friendshipworks introducing me to Joan. As much as the Friendshipworks' mission is to end elder isolation, to me, Friendshipworks means so much more - it's a reminder to pause, reflect, and listen. We have a lot to learn from each other. We have a lot more in common than we think, and there is always something to smile about.
Not much has changed between me and Joan. Our regular meet-ups still consist of dinner, the occasional half glass of wine, and always dessert. I have a lot to admire in Joan: she lives on her own and, as stubborn as she may be, she is also smart enough to know when she needs a little help. As our neighbors in our community continue to age, it's important to help where we can - the little things matter and can make all the difference between a bad day and a good one. Take the trash out. Bring in the mail. Clean the dishes. Call to say hello. These small connections improve the livelihood of our neighbors.
People often ask me what do Joan and I talk about - how do I connect when there are so many generations in between? Simple. I go back to basics. What did you eat for breakfast? (Did you know Joan's next door neighbor used to deliver glass bottles of milk?) My sister/brother is annoying me! (Joan is the youngest of 6!). I voted today! (Did you know Mayor Marty Walsh was the altar boy at Joan's church?)
Human interaction is a powerful thing. In today's digital world, it's becoming even more important to find connections to keep loneliness at bay.
Please join me in walking in the 3rd annual Friendshipwalks this May! Any donation, big or small, helps Friendshipworks develop and support programs like Friendly Visitors, Friendly Helpers, Medical Escorts, and PetPals (and more!) to end elder isolation. Thank you and hope to see you May 20th!
$500 helps FriendshipWorks train and place volunteers with isolated elders
$250 translates our materials into Spanish for our Hispanic elders
$100 pays for a musician to play at an elder residence
$75 screens and trains a pet/volunteer team
$50 provides cake & cards for one monthly birthday party at a nursing home
$20 pays for a cab for an elder returning from a medical appointment when their ride doesn’t come