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.
At a time when
- there is a fast growing number of older seniors, many living alone,
- when families often live at great distances from eldest relatives,
- when there are cuts in government spending on the elderly,
- when many seniors are living close to the poverty line, and
- when there are too few geriatricians in the nation,
our oldest community members can face dire challenges when they need care.
Lifeforce in Later Years (LiLY) is dedicated to community-based models of elder care, to the promise of media, and the power of intergenerational and other partnerships as we help to improve the quality of life for elders.
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. Our volunteers, who live within walking distance, befriend frail elderly neighbors, help to connect them with the community and needed services, and help them to improve their health and living conditions as they age.
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 West Harlem in New York City, in upstate New York, and in Solano County, California.
And, LiLY’s October 1st initiative, formerly “Love An Elder Day”, and now expanded to “Celebrating Our Elders Week ” is in tandem with people around the world who take part in the UN’s “International Day to Honor Older Adults”. This and other LiLY efforts are helping to combat a culture when ageism affects the way we care for elders and even the way elders feel about being old and about needing help.