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37th ANNUAL SENIOR COMPANION
On Wednesday, May 23rd, First State Community Action Agency recognized eighty (80) senior companion volunteers during its 37th annual Senior Companion Program Volunteer luncheon at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover. Keynote speaker, Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long, thanked the volunteers for the compassionate care they give which helps senior citizens experience improved quality of life and live independently in their homes.
Senior Companion volunteers provide friendship and assistance--including meal preparation, transportation, light housekeeping--to seniors and other individuals who have difficulty with daily living tasks. Their service gives temporary relief for families and caregivers and prevents elderly and frail individuals from going into nursing homes and hospitals, thus saving the state millions and and many families thousands of dollars in care. Their contributions make a tremendous difference for individuals like Ms. Ida Jane Carner who says her senior companion, Linda Padgett, helped her ease the feeling of loneliness and enjoy a life of purpose and dignity. Interesting Senior Companion Facts:
Last year, First State's senior companion volunteers provided over 72,000 hours of service to more than 175 elderly persons (recipients) in all three Delaware counties
The average age of senior companion volunteers in the Senior Companion Program is 70 years old
There are two sets of married couples who serve as senior companions
The oldest serving companion is 88 year old Annie Banks from Newark, Delaware. Ms. Banks is one of four companions who has dedicated more than 10 years of service in the program.
First State would like to thank all of the senior companions for their valuable service to Delaware seniors and families! You truly make independence a reality!