While the benefits of “aging in place” are well-known, the number of elderly people living alone is increasing. These seniors often need help with daily tasks as well as regular social interaction. A recent study showed that almost half of all women 75 years and older live alone. We also know that elderly women have higher rates of poverty than men, limiting their access to support services.
That’s where Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County come in. Our dedicated volunteer caregivers help home-bound seniors and adults with disabilities to live independently. Our volunteers receive specialized training and ongoing support, and provide non-medical services such as friendly visits, transportation to medical appointments, and assistance with grocery shopping and errands.
“I absolutely get as much out of this experience as the person who is receiving care,” says Dawn Crutchley, a volunteer caregiver from Incarnation St. James Parish for three years. Studies back up Dawn’s belief that she actually benefits from her volunteer service. As volunteers help those in need, they often feel happier and healthier themselves.
The demand for our services has increased exponentially in recent years as the population continues to age. With that comes the need for more caring and supportive volunteers. Do you have an hour to spare each week to help a neighbor in need? Consider becoming a volunteer with Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County. For more information and training schedule, go to icgmc.org/volunteer or call 609-393-9922.