'Adopt a Grandparent' virtually so the elderly feel less alone.
The novel Coronavirus is spreading across the world and in just a short while the USA now has more cases than any other country. The virus has overturned the lives of billions currently on lockdown and our heart goes to the elderly people in our community who feel helpless at this minute.
Nursing homes and assisted living are taking extreme measures to prevent COVID 19 by not letting visitors and families visit senior homes. There are also several senior citizens who live independently in our community and they are feeling lonelier than ever which in turn can impact their physical and mental health.
The elderly, in particular, are feeling the brunt of long term isolation as nursing homes and assisted living communities have shut themselves from the outside world.
I invite High School students across Henrico county to join the campaign 'Adopt a Grandparent'.
Please apply online to become virtual volunteers who will then engage with their assigned grandparents through regular video or phone calls.
These calls are meant to build companionship and keep adoptees mentally stimulated while they are unable to have their loved ones visit them or they are staying in the community independently but alone.