For an increasing number of seniors, the holiday season can be isolating. Many have a tough time leaving their homes or have no family to see. The Jefferson Area Board for Aging is now asking for volunteers to give the gift of time - one hour a week to visit and check in on an elderly person who lives in central Virginia.
Other volunteers are needed to deliver meals to people who are often forced to choose between paying for medication or food.
“Especially at this time of year it is very lonely time for people who have to stay alone,” said Jean Bourbeau, manager of JABA Adult Care Center. “Quite often they get depressed and so they isolate themselves and then they get more sick and depressed.”
JABA says even making a short phone call to an elderly person who lives alone can make a world of difference during the Thanksgiving holiday.
JABA is accepting volunteer applications at its location at 674 Hillsdale Drive, Suite 9, in Charlottesville on Friday. For information about becoming a volunteer, click here.