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Agnes and Tom

For the residents of nursing homes, the days are long and usually uneventful. Sitting in a wheelchair in the hallway watching food trays, staff and occasional visitors stream by is about as exciting as it gets on a typical day....

Ena and Sally

My first memory of participating with Friends Across the Ages was back when I was two or three years old. It was at one of the annual caroling parties Friends holds every year. We had finished singing, and...

Brooke and Maggie

My name is Brooke and I am a Friends Across the Ages volunteer at Signature Healthcare center. I began volunteering a year ago with my friend Kristina where we met other volunteers, Kim and Andrew...

The Cost of Efficiency

My Grandfather, whom I never met, was a doctor. A real old-fashioned one who treated whole families, like you’d see in a black-and-white movie. His name was Isidore Brill, but people called him “Doc”. Yes, he made house calls; even delivered babies, before they had specialists to do that. In his hometown of Champaign, Illinois, he was well known. And if you couldn’t afford to pay him, well, that was all right, you paid him when you could...

Al Lesesne and the Fire Tea

I encourage our volunteers to get outside their comfort zone, because that's where real growth can take place. I know for me, visiting the nursing home for the first time (18 years ago) was one of the biggest steps outside my comfort zone I ever took, and it changed my life forever. Getting out of your comfort zone can also be a big thrill. That's why people climb mountains and skydive. So what about our friends at the nursing home? Are they "too old" to get out of their comfort zone?

Caught vs Taught

“Children learn more from what is CAUGHT than what is TAUGHT”, or so they say. Teach your children constantly with your actions, not words. I’ve kept that in mind as I’ve raised my kids, on the lookout for opportunities as they arise. Surprisingly, I’ve gotten more out of it than the kids...

A Visit with Dee

It’s another Sunday afternoon at the nursing home. My friend Dee is waiting for me at the entrance, bouncing her birdlike frame from foot to foot, impatient for the cigarettes I promised to bring. Newport 100s, as always. I got you a present, she says, handing me a trash bag as I slip her the contraband cigarettes. Inside is cafeteria booty: two sodas, a Nutrigrain bar and a plastic fruit cup. Her wizened, nearly toothless face looks at me with expectation. Will you use it? I hope you can use it.

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