Melvin and Dantel, a MusicWorks Match Story

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Melvin is a life-long lover of music and the arts. His CD collection fills the shelves that line across the front of his living room, classic recordings representing jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and roll and other genres. Although Melvin no longer paints (because of physical challenges), he has three of his beautiful impressionistic […] Read more »

Education Series: Winter Survival Guide for Elders

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Cold and wintry weather can pose serious health hazards to older adults.  So, here are some tips for winter safety.  Keep them in mind and share with your elder friend or neighbors.   Let the sunshine in Even if it’s cold outside, it’s very important to get enough sunlight. Being exposed to it […] Read more »

Valentine’s Day Activity Tips

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              February 14th is Valentine’s Day! Here are some great Valentine Gifts/Activities to share with your elder friend: Plan a special outing, depending on your elder friend’s interest, such as: a nice lunch; a trip to a flower shop to pick out some flowers; go to a […] Read more »

A Friendly Visiting Story: The Joy of Cooking

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The kitchen is often the center of the home, probably because that’s where you nurture your body as much as you nurture your soul. Magic can happen in there, and our match is proof of that! Marta has been long affiliated with FriendshipWorks/La Cadena de Amistad, our Jamaica Plain neighborhood office.  Originally from Cuba, Marta […] Read more »

Living to the Fullest

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I had the great honor to spend the last hours of Evelyn’s life with her; and in her usual style, she spent them out enjoying life and soaking in sunshine. She had lived in her own home for over 40 years until a series of falls necessitated 24 hour care and a move into […] Read more »

Ask FriendshipWorks Series: Tips for Helping a Grieving Friend

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Dear Friendly Visiting Coordinator,  The Resident Service Coordinator told me Harold’s neighbor unexpectedly passed away.  As you know, they were really close.  Harold has not brought this up with me.  Should I discuss this situation with Harold?  Should I be concerned he isn’t talking about his neighbor’s death? Thanks, Ben   Hi Ben, I am […] Read more »

A Match Story: The Perfect Tennis “Match”

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Glenn was a successful bilingual insurance agent happily serving the Latino community in greater Boston for decades.  He was also a passionate tennis player, playing 4 times a week at a local club.   Glenn’s career and active lifestyle took a drastic turn when he had a stroke five years ago, limiting his ability to speak […] Read more »

Ask FriendshipWorks Series: Visiting and Activities Tips

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Dear Friendly Visiting Coordinator: I love visiting my match, Mr. Blosker.  Currently we spend most of our time during the visit sitting in his living room chatting. However, Mr. Bosker’s doctor recently suggested that we squeeze in more physical movement into his day to help improve his health.  Do you have any recommendations for activities […] Read more »

Ask FriendshipWorks Series: Visiting and Activity Tips

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Dear FriendshipWorks, My elder recently told me that she has macular degeneration, and while I know it has to do with vision loss, I’m not exactly sure what that is. Can you give me some tips for working with her? -Ambrose, Friendly Visiting Volunteer —————————————————————— Hi Ambrose, What great timing for your question! May was […] Read more »

Ask FriendshipWorks Series: Visiting & Activity Tips

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Dear FriendshipWorks, When I go to visit my friend, sometimes I am not sure what we can do together.  I’ve been seeing her for about 4 months now, we have great conversation and she’s a wonderful lady, but sometimes we just sit and talk and I feel like she is bored. I know she used […] Read more »