Loneliness and social isolation can put anyone at risk for depression or physical health issues, but older adults are especially vulnerable. As their children leave the nest, they retire from jobs and/or they give up driving, older adults might find themselves home alone – and bored.
Friendly Visitor and TeleCare help to combat this by providing regular social engagement through daily phone calls and monthly visits.
One of our volunteers, Todd Hill, started volunteering in TeleCare in July 2014 and joined Friendly Visitor in March 2016. Here is a little about Todd and his experience in the programs:
What are some of your hobbies? These days my favorite hobby is spending time with my 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son, playing whatever game they have created for the day. Other than that, I enjoy running (have completed 3 marathons so far and looking to train for another in 2019), cycling, and an occasional round of golf.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Louisville? As a runner I enjoy spending time at one of the amazing parks in our city, especially the Parklands! Also love enjoying the amazing and constantly evolving local restaurant scene with my wife whenever we can get a date night.
What led you to start volunteering with ElderServe? I learned about the organization from a colleague who was already actively involved in the organization and was inspired to volunteer by the incredible support ElderServe provides for the aging population in the community.
Do you have a favorite volunteering memory? My favorite memory so far has been meeting one of the TeleCare participants I had been calling for a couple years for the first time via the Friendly Visitor program. By the time we met, we both knew so much about each other and it such a wonderful experience to meet in person.
Anything else you would like to share about your volunteering experience? Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who make ElderServe such a great asset to our community. Keep up the great work!
If you are interested in volunteering with ElderServe, contact Sarah Irvin, Volunteer Services Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502.736.3847.