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An Unlikely Friendship: Erin and Tyrone

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Though Erin and Tyrone were matched for only 3 months before Tyrone’s passing, theirs is an incredible story of the rejuvenating power of friendship. Tyrone was referred to us as a reclusive man who, after learning he was terminally ill, no longer left the house. Still, he seemed receptive to a visitor, so we matched [...] Read more »

A Chance Encounter: A New Direction

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I’ve always had a heart for elders, but a few years ago I said hello to a stranger on a park bench in downtown Boston, and he changed my life. It was the end of a lazy, long summer between my first and second year of graduate school, and I took a walk along the [...] Read more »

Ask FriendshipWorks Series: The Move to Assisted Living

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Dear FriendshipWorks: My elder friend just moved from her apartment into an assisted living. I’ve never been to an assisted living facility before. Is there anything I should know? – Jeanette, Friendly Helper Volunteer ———————————————————————————————– Thanks for your question Jeanette! When an elder moves into an assisted living it can be a difficult transition, even [...] Read more »

Our First PetPals Team – Mary and Dulcinea

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While they weren’t the first PetPals to attend the Volunteer-Pet Team screening at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Mary and Dulcinea were the first team to pass the screening!  Our first screening was held in March of 2003 and two people attended, but unfortunately neither passed.  We scheduled another screening the next month and, [...] Read more »

A Golden Smile

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Each week, May, a 10 year old golden retriever, arrives at the nursing home with the energy of a young pup.  She loves going and cannot wait to get inside to see her friends.  Our first stop is at the Volunteer Services office where she is warmly greeted by staff members who conveniently seem to [...] Read more »

Ask FriendshipWorks Series: Bridging the Age Gap

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Dear FriendshipWorks: My elder friend and I have a big age difference, he is 81 years old and I am 23! I want to learn more about my friend, but I’m not sure where to start.  How could I better connect with him although we are several decades apart? – Jim, Friendly Visiting Volunteer ———————————————————————————————– [...] Read more »

PetPals Receives Award from Future Philanthropists

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April 2nd was an inspirational evening for me.  I was at a ceremony at the Tufts Health Plan Foundation in Watertown accepting a $6,000 grant awarded to the PetPals Program of FriendshipWorks.  The PetPals Program was one of four non-profits selected for the grant by fourteen high school students who participated in the Future [...] Read more »

Spring is Coming: The Healthy Benefits of Walking

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The start of Spring brings warm air and sunshine- a welcome change after a long and cold winter. As the weather improves, we begin to see more people outside, participating in activities they enjoy. Something as simple as a walk around the block can be beneficial for everyone, especially the elderly! Exercise allows people of [...] Read more »

Ask FriendshipWorks Series: Get Walking!

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Dear FriendshipWorks: My elder friend Margaret and I often spend our time sitting in her apartment chatting. Margaret told me recently that she is becoming increasingly hesitant to leave her apartment alone due to a fear of falling. Do you have some ideas about things I can do to get her out of her apartment [...] Read more »

Retirees are Changing Lives by Volunteering

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FriendshipWorks was inspired by the idea that “your neighbor’s independence depends on you.” Our volunteers deliver the necessary services that ensure isolated elders living in our neighborhoods can age with peace of mind and dignity. Some of our most dedicated and longest serving volunteers are retired men and women. I sat down with Zippy Ostroy, [...] Read more »