Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Institute of Gerontology honors senior volunteers

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The UDC Institute of Gerontology honored its senior volunteers, thanking them for a year of service at the 35th Annual Senior Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on May 20, 2015. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Clavin Fields, founder of the Institute of Gerontology.

The Senior Companion and Respite Aide programs promote seniors helping seniors through volunteerism. The programs help to preserve the independence of residents of the District of Columbia, supporting low income and disable older persons 55 years and older with high quality and compassionate volunteer service. With the help of senior volunteers, the Senior Companion and the Respite Aide programs improve the lives of seniors who are in need of assistants in order to maintain living in their homes and communities, avoiding institutionalization. Volunteers work up to 20 hours per week, five days a week.
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The Senior Companion program touches the lives of senior citizens who need extra assistance to live independently in their homes and communities. Senior Companions serve frail older adults with disabilities and those with terminal illnesses. They assist senior clients in essential ways: offering companionship and friendship to isolated older adults, assisting with chores and adding richness to their clients’ lives. 
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The Respite Aide program provides in-home assistance to seniors living alone and also provides support to the care-giving families. This service helps the individual and/or family deal with the challenges of independent living in older adulthood.

Volunteers were honored for five years of service and up. The volunteer with the most served years, Erma Long, has retired after 21 years as a Respite Aide volunteer. 

Five Years of Service:

  • Adelaide Ebron
  • Gary Ezell
  • Alfred Green
  • Mary Hamilton
  • Donald Lockard
  • Thomas Mabry
  • Rodney McLeod
  • Tyrone Thompson
  • Jennette Broadnax

Ten Years of Service:

  • Susana Acero
  • Peggy Reimer

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The Institute of Gerontology is part of the Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health, a division of CAUSES.  Visit for more information or contact Ms. Claudia John at 202.274.6659.

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