For older adults, service and volunteerism can be a prescription for reducing stress, improving moods, preventing loneliness, as well as an array of health benefits such as lower blood pressure. But too often the assumption is that elders in long-term and residential care need volunteers to support them – rather than the flip side of making it possible for elders to serve their community.
Breaking down the negative barriers of focusing on disability rather than ability and the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, this webinar will guide participants to consider the steps to building service as an integral dimension of a community’s culture. And, gratifying the residents who serve with self-esteem and dignity.
Join gerontologist Benjamin Surmi with Koelsch Communities as he facilitates a hands-on, idea-generating workshop. From animals, the environment, mission work, people in need, education, military, or art, participants will gain concrete ideas on empowering the elders in their community to serve in ways that matter to them.
But, before you join the webinar, there’s homework. Text photos, videos, or text descriptions of ways your elders are already serving others to Benjamin at 360.526.6201 – any time, day, or night. Your ideas might end up on the screen during this dynamic workshop.