family estrangement, anxiety, loneliness, depression, addiction, grief, or recent diagnosis of a medical
condition (cancer, dementia, macular degeneration).
Seniors we are serving may be experiencing feelings
of sadness, guilt, hopelessness, emptiness, or
marked changes in sleep, appetite, and energy.
The volunteers are not professional psychologists or
advice givers. Rather, they are individuals who
genuinely listen to and respect others. This fosters
relationships built on mutual trust and acceptance.
Only in this environment can the volunteer empower
others to address their concerns, identify their
strengths and set goals to move forward in a positive
direction. The future can be faced with renewed
confidence and increased self-esteem. Quality of life
is improved- both current and future. Lastly, the peer
support volunteers are resilient adults who are
“bridges to the community,” identifying resources,
especially those to decrease feelings of social
isolation and loneliness.
Utilizing the Friendly Visitor Program of Elder Network,
in conjunction with the Peer Support Program,
facilitates additional community connections.