You have an interest in helping older adults but don’t know where to begin. The number of older adults permanently living in nursing homes is increasing as is the number of older adults who have no one to visit them. While many nursing homes don’t actively seek volunteers consider contacting the activities director and expressing interest. Individuals with specific hobbies like playing the piano, the ability to teach knitting or the ability to sing can benefit a large number of residents. Others who are simply interested in visiting, providing a manicure, applying lotion or brushing hair can provide one on one attention that is greatly lacking.

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PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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