Mission: Lifeforce in Later Years: Enhancing the well being of our oldest community members through free- of-charge services with a corps of dedicated volunteers; bringing together community partners; expanding the Lifeforce in Later Years (“LiLY”) model nationally; and raising awareness to improve the way we honor and care for the elderly.
Morningside Village, LiLY’s nationally recognized model program in Morningside Heights in Manhattan, through a cadre of skilled volunteers, is helping elderly neighbors to age comfortably in their own homes where they want to remain. In 2015, we founded a second Manhattan-based community program, West Harlem Neighbors, as well as Catskill Neighbors in upstate New York. Trained caring volunteers, who live nearby, befriend frail elderly neighbors, help to connect them with the community and needed services as well as new friendships, promoting health and happiness wherever possible.
With our experience and with requests from all over the nation, LiLY publishes free-of-charge Guidelines on its website and is mentoring leaders in other communities, e.g., in Fairfield Illinois and Solano County, California.
Through LiLY’s annual New York Citywide Celebrate Our Elders Week campaign (October 1-7), your dollars bring schools, nonprofits, public agencies and media together to advocate and promote respect, inspire the creation of programs, and increase volunteerism.
At a time when there is a fast growing number of older seniors, many living alone, and when…
- families often live at great distances from eldest relatives,
- there are cuts in government spending on the elderly,
- there is a technology divide between generations,
- a culture of ageism is still strong, so that elders are too often forgotten unless the butt of a joke in a t.v. commercial,
- a culture where independence is highly valued and asking for help can be be difficult if not impossible,
- fear of being removed from one’s home can also prevent an elder from getting the help she/he needs,
- many seniors are living close to the poverty line, and
- there are too few geriatricians in the nation,
our oldest community members can face dire challenges when they need care.
Your donations help to pay for…
- Support an elder just home from hospital, by having a volunteer on hand to pick up prescriptions, shop for food and hold a hand.
- Clean apartments of elders who can no longer use a vacuum cleaner and mop.
- Help with practical emergencies, like bringing over an ice-pack or even changing a lightbulb in the dark of night.
- Help prioritize correspondence, make calls, write letters when technology can be confusing.
- Accompany elders on trips to the doctor for treatment.
- Fill the refrigerator when money is scarce; and connect a senior with helping organizations like Meals on Wheels.
- Replace a 50 year old mattress.