Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly
Harnesses the power of neighbors like you to end elder isolation in our neighborhood block-by block. While the first step is simple – making friends – it “takes a village” to ensure its success. Here’s how YOU can begin the process of bringing ongoing companionship and greater well-being to our lonely and isolated neighbors.
1. IDENTIFY WHICH OLDER NEIGHBORS MAY BE ISOLATED AND LONELY, SUCH AS:
- The older person who regularly sits alone in the park or coffee shop.
- A neighbor whose blinds are always closed and who rarely is seen in their yard, even during good weather.
- A neighbor whose sidewalks are not shoveled or whose grass is not mowed.
- An elder who your other neighbors don’t know and rarely see who may have newspapers piling up or a mailbox left un-emptied.
- A neighbor living alone who doesn’t want your conversation with them to end.
- The older person with a caregiver who still needs additional social engagement.
- An older neighbor who may have limited accessibility due to poor eyesight, hearing loss or other disability.
- A neighbor who has recently lost a spouse or partner.
2. BREAK THE ICE
- Invite the neighbor out for coffee.
- Bring over a plate of freshly baked cookies.
- Offer to help with some yardwork.
- Start an unhurried conversation with an older neighbor if you pass by them in their yard or on the street.
- Offer to give a neighbor a lift to a doctor’s appointment, hairdresser or faith service.
3. NEXT, LET LITTLE BROTHERS – FRIENDS OF THE ELDERLY SUPPORT YOU AND YOUR NEIGHBORS!
Neighbors and elder friends will receive tools, skills and support through Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly that will ensure greater success in keeping the elder socially engaged and cared about, including:
- Basic training in topics such as: communicating with an elder, aging issue, setting boundaries and expectations; and more.
- Background checks and emergency information.
- Elder participation in ongoing social events, including bingo, crafts groups, LGBT lunches, holiday visits, and more.
- The support of an organization that, through caring volunteers and staff members, has brought friendship to isolated elders in the Twin Cities since 1972.