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The Senior Companion Program was established as a result of the first National Conference on Aging which was convened in Washington, D.C. in 1950. The program was designed as a way to enrich the lives of older Americans – whether they were caregivers or receiving care themselves.
For more than 20 years, InterFaith Works’ Senior Companion Program has been operating through the ongoing support of the Corporation for National and Community Service. InterFaith Works provides additional in-kind and staff support for the program which ensures that we are able to provide unique experiences for our Senior Companions and those they serve – everything from community outings and events, to an annual luncheon which recognizes their dedication and service.
Senior Companions, working in Onondaga, Madison, and Cayuga counties, touch the lives of adults who need extra assistance to live independently in their own homes. They serve frail older adults, adults with disabilities, and those with chronic illnesses – and their volunteer service helps to lower health care costs by keeping people out of hospitals and nursing homes while they are able to live independently with some assistance. Our Senior Companions are a diverse group, some are bilingual, and they work with the elderly of all racial, ethnic, and faith traditions.
A printable brochure is available by clicking here.