August 27, 2018
For more than two decades, Eskaton, a nonprofit organization serving seniors for 50 years, has reached out to homebound and isolated seniors via its Telephone Reassurance program. The program consists of volunteers who contact seniors to check up on them and provide an opportunity to socialize.
“Older people who are lonely are more likely to develop dementia than their more socially connected peers. In fact, studies show loneliness has physical effects that are among the most problematic in modern medicine,” said Linda Whiteside, Telephone Reassurance program manager with Eskaton. “Social connections formed between volunteers and the 700 Telephone Reassurance participants go a long way to reduce health risks and bring peace of mind to seniors and their family members.”
To date, Eskaton volunteers have made more than 1.6 million phone calls. Click here to read the full article.