(WBRE/WYOU) Keeping our seniors active and engaged is the topic of discussion in Newsmakers this Sunday.
Jayne Ann Bugda and Andy Mehalshick host the long-running public affairs program.
Bugda and Mehalshick will be joined by Donna O’Toole Sedor, Telespond, President and CEO, Nancy Grzenda, Telespond, Senior Companions Program Director, and Colleen Garrison, Foster Grandparents Program Director of Luzerne and Wyoming Counties.
The panel will talk about the many services offered by Telespond for seniors, including the Senior Companion Program, Adult Day Programs and the Foster Grandparent Program. The panel will also discuss the need for volunteers.
The Reporters airs Sunday, November 13 at 7:30 a.m. on WYOU and 11:30 a.m. on WBRE.
Learn more about Telespond
For more information, call 570-961-1950 or (570) 346-7860
Senior Companion volunteers provide:
- Assistance with daily tasks
- Encouragement to stay active and connected
- A watchful eye to notice when a client may need additional care
- Friendships that can last a lifetime
Senior Companion Program volunteers also provide much-needed respite for caregivers so they can run errands, take a needed break, or tend to themselves, family, and other commitments.
Foster Grandparents Program
The Foster Grandparent Program of Luzerne and Wyoming Counties provides volunteer opportunities for low-income individuals, ages 55 and older, who provide one-on-one attention to children at risk or with special needs. Volunteers help children learn to read, provide one-on-one support and guide children through critical times in their lives. In order to be eligible to become an adoptive grandparent, volunteers must: have an income that does not exceed 200% of the federal guidelines; commit to serving 20 hours per week; be willing to help and be able to pass required background checks, including fingerprinting.