Our Strong For Life program matches volunteers with elders for both one-on-one and group exercise routines, with a focus on Walking Buddies designed specifically to improve the elder’s strength, flexibility, and balance.
There is no exercise like walking. It’s easy, natural, and something we enjoy doing. The Walking Buddies specialty program matches volunteers with elders who would like a volunteer to walk with them. Depending on the needs of the elder, walks may be short or long, indoors or outside.
Why Strong For Life?
Many elders would like to exercise, but are fearful about doing it alone. Strong For Life volunteer can provide elders with the benefits of companionship, as well as improved balance and physical strengthening.
How It Works
Strong For Life volunteers are trained to incorporate healthy movement exercises into their weekly friendly visits. Depending on the needs and abilities of the elder, these exercises may include wheelchair and seated exercises, or walking. Elders begin the Strong For Life activities once a week with a volunteer. As strength and confidence builds, elders may be encouraged to exercise and walk independently between visits.
-Mrs. W, age 87
To become a volunteer, fill out our online volunteer application or call 617-482-1510 for more information.