Did you know that the health risks of prolonged isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day?
In our community, 40% of seniors experience isolation on a regular basis.
The older we get, the more isolated we become. Can you imagine growing older in your home without the support of any family, friends, neighbors, or financial stability?
Who would you call for help?
For over 300 seniors in Knox County, the answer is the Senior Companion Program.
The Snowflake Ball King and Queen nominees are raising funds for the Office on Aging Senior Companion Program. This program provides low-income adults over the age of 55 an opportunity to help frail seniors in the community. The Senior Companion volunteers provide light meal preparation, medication reminders, household chores to maintain a safe environment, respite care, and companionship. These services are provided free of charge to support older persons who have unmet physical, mental, or social needs. In turn, Senior Companions receive a small stipend to purchase groceries and medication, while also gaining a new purpose in life. This program helps both, the low-income senior volunteers and the isolated homebound older adults.
All funds raised during this campaign will be used to provide stipend and transportation assistance to the low-income senior companions as they help others.