Achieved through the power of caring, trained neighbors and skilled social workers, LiLY’s neighborhood projects (in Morningside Heights and in West Harlem, Manhattan; and in Middletown, New York in the Catskill Mountains) provide a deep level of support to community elders living at home.
- 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.
- Arrange for a team of trained and dedicated volunteers for an elder who has lost mobility.
- Create events big and small, such as a gala luncheon for 100 or birthday celebrations for the oldest people we serve, such as that for 107-year-old Mrs. Irene F. and 101-year-old Mrs. Doris C.
- Organize inter-generational programs, such as elementary school outreach and university volunteers visiting of elders.
- Provide opportunities to enjoy activities as part of community, by buying supplies and refreshments for groups such as film-watching circle, fitness group, walking group, book circle, board game players, French conversation clique, jewelry making group, music-making friends, bereavement group, care-givers support group, Latino drama group, and dominos players.
- Pay for salaries of social workers, who help when difficulties arise, who can consult with families who live far from the elder (with the latter’s permission), help to mediate issues in the household when professional care providers are not working out, connect elders with needed services and supplies and provide volunteer support.
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. Learn more at Lifeforce-in-Later-Years.org.