Reflections from Peter on the Walking Buddies Program

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“Solitude is a healthy ability to enjoy one’s own company, but isolation goes over the line into starvation for human society and the nourishment it provides.” ~ Peter, a FriendshipWorks Elder By 2010 I’d retired from 2/3 of a century of volunteer work for nonprofits and soon sorely missed stimulating interaction with over 18,000 […] Read more »

Why I’m Walking for FriendshipWorks

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A little over a year ago, I decided that I wanted to volunteer so I researched several volunteering opportunities around the Boston area. One that stuck out to me was working with isolated elders. I thought it would be nice to get a closer look at how the other side of life is because […] Read more »

Volunteer Story: Lending a Friendly Green Thumb

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At FriendshipWorks, it is not rare for us to have phone calls from elders who face challenges in their daily life. That’s why we are here to help! Gardening has always been a passion for Alma. She has great joy in watching the beauty that nature has to offer and the earth thrive. Due […] Read more »

FriendshipWorks Launches “Missing Piece Project” in North Allston/Brighton

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At FriendshipWorks, we believe that everyone, regardless of age, has gifts, skills, and talents to share with their community! This year, we are launching a new civic engagement initiative called the Missing Piece Project, focusing on elders living in the North Allston/Brighton community. The project, funded through the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund, seeks to identify […] Read more »

Walking with Ms. Coffey

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By Caroline Smith, Friendly Visiting Volunteer I first began visiting with Ms. Coffey last spring, as a FriendshipWorks volunteer. Over the past year, Ms. Coffey and I have developed a great relationship. One morning each week we get together and chat, or, weather permitting, go for walks around the neighborhood. When I visit Ms. […] Read more »

New Effort in Boston for People with Parkinson’s

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Photo Courtesy of Bryce Vickmark By Janet Selcer, Outreach Coordinator, JF&CS Parkinson’s Family Support Ask most people if they know someone with Parkinson’s disease, and the answer is:  Yes! Parkinson’s strikes one person in 100 over the age of 65 years, and there is no known cure.  This neurological condition is progressive, gradually effecting people […] Read more »

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 »