Loneliness and social isolation are recognized as a true health issue negatively impacting Seniors. The staff and volunteers at Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, an Ocean/Monmouth nonprofit agency, strive to reduce this sad time that Seniors face. Through their one-on-one medical transportation, grocery shopping, friendly visiting, respite to caregivers, and in-home therapy dog visits, they serve as a safety net and way for Seniors to connect and find joy. Their mission and achievements were highlighted in an article published on the website caring.com.
Through a grant awarded by the National Council on Aging and Verizon Foundation, Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, matched 25 homebound, isolated elderly with volunteer mentors to teach them how to navigate the internet on a free tablet. The results showed that technology can be used to enhance the lives of Seniors when they are given access and the chance to learn. To read the full article, click here: https://www.caring.com/articles/technology-helps-prevent-senior-isolation