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Reflection 4: “The Empty Chair”

Reflection #4 "The Empty Chair" We keep our houses and apartments neat. We want to be ready in case we have a visitor. We have guest rooms, hide-a-bed couches, and comfortable chairs for visitors to sit in. We enjoy having visitors stay. But what if they never did? THE EMPTY CHAIR By M. [...]

Reflection 3: “Letter to My Children”

Reflection #3 "Letter to My Children" The letter below was written by an 80 year old lady to her children. We chose it as the reading for this week because it gives us insight into what the elderly we visit truly want at this point in their lives. She tells her children, "All [...]

Through Your Hands

Did you know that Friends Across the Ages has an official theme song? I bet you didn't (probably because I never told you). I have to give Allison credit for introducing me to this wonderful song some years ago...

Reflection 2: A Crabby Old Woman

Reflection #2 A Crabby Old Woman The following poem appeared when an elderly lady died in the geriatric ward of a hospital near Dundee, Scotland. It was believed that she had left nothing of value. The nurses, going through her possessions, however, found the following poem. Its quality so impressed the staff that [...]

Reflection 1: Orientation Information

Reflection #1 Orientation Information Usually the reading of the week will be an inspirational or thought-provoking story or poem related to nursing home volunteerism. For this week, however, the required reading is simply orientation information to be read before your first visit. This is by far the longest of all the readings. It [...]

John and Rhunette

When I visit Rhunette at the nursing home she is usually in bed with the cover pulled up over her head. I always say: “Rhunette, are you in there?” She then looks out and says “Hi, it’s nice to see you!”

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