Volunteering at retirement residences for more than seven years, she recognizes that keeping seniors active in the community improves both senior health and community diversity.To address this need, she founded SWS in North York and since then has developed a team of over 20 young adults from the GTA, Boston and New York to help seniors find volunteer and class opportunities in their residences and local communities.
By the end of the summer, according to an SWS press release, it will have delivered presentations at 20 retirement residences. Tailored directly to each residence, these presentations discuss volunteer opportunities local to each area. Getting to know these seniors on a personal level, volunteers connect them with activities that engage them. SWS has helped seniors start volunteering in bookstores and community houses and start knitting groups focused on donating caps and blankets to cancer patients.
SWS has also donated computers to Lansing Retirement Residence and the Teddington, where they started computer lessons for seniors. Within the next few months, several seniors will be receiving weekly lessons on how to connect with their families via social media. SWS continues to work to breakdown age stigma and prove that seniors are never too old to learn new skills and make a difference.
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