Some elderly people are isolated and don’t get a lot of visitors, so a phone call can make a huge difference. That’s why one California nonprofit, Eskaton, has been making personal phone calls to seniors for the last two decades.
Through their Telephone Reassurance program, they’ve reached out to homebound elders 1.6-million times. Volunteers call to check on their health, but maybe more importantly, they give these lonely folks a daily dose of conversation and a chance to socialize.
“I am so grateful someone is calling me every day and checking on me,” says Ben, a senior who benefits from the program. “It lifts my spirits to know someone cares.”
Source: Good News Network
Did you know that loneliness is an epidemic that leads to significant health issues? In order to improve well-being of older adults, Eskaton volunteers reach out to home bound... https://t.co/dzpHFvEQdC— Eskaton (@Eskaton) August 29, 2018
"When they heard about the loneliness that some seniors felt, Eskaton...set up a program to facilitate telephone calls between volunteers and older adults...the program has resulted in more than 1.6-million telephone calls to seniors..." https://t.co/qGACCaNSnG by @sixtyandme— DailyCaring (@DailyCaring) August 29, 2018
Do you participate in any volunteer activities? Which ones? What do you think we could do, as a society, to take better care of our senior citizens? https://t.co/LnG5puXvUE @sixtyandme @Eskaton #positiveaging pic.twitter.com/4Op1eo7D3X— Sixty and Me (@sixtyandme) August 30, 2018