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Seniors and Mentoring

During retirement, many seniors choose to use their free time to give back to the community. One of the many ways older adults can make a meaningful contribution is by mentoring young people. A mentoring relationship is a mutually beneficial connection between a knowledgeable, more experienced mentor (adult) and a younger, less experienced mentee (child or teen) who support and learn from each other. Having regular meetings with a mentor often improves a child's attitude, behavior, relationships, aspirations, life outlook, and overall well-being over time. For many seniors, mentoring is an enjoyable, rewarding activity that facilitates:

  • Acting as a positive role-model to someone in need
  • Getting involved and giving back to the community
  • Passing on societal values and cultural traditions
  • Sharing stories, experiences, and life lessons
  • Imparting knowledge and sharpening skills
  • Learning new innovations and technologies
  • Better understanding youth and the issues that affect them
  • Bridging the gap in the generational divide

Finding Mentoring Opportunities

Contact local schools, libraries, hospitals, community and youth centers to learn about mentoring opportunities. Visit the following sites for more information.

  • Senior Corps â€“ Become a foster grandparent
  • iCouldBe â€“ Virtually mentor at-risk youth
  • MENTOR â€“ Find mentoring opportunities in your community

A Message from Dr. Marco
Dr. Noah Marco, Chief Medical Officer
Seniors who foster strong, positive relationships with young people realize several important benefits, some of which include an enhanced sense of accomplishment, life satisfaction, and self-confidence. Senior mentors are also more likely to live an active lifestyle with increased levels of mental and physical stimulation. When aging adults dedicate their time to helping others, they may be more aware of their ability to act as contributing members of society. Mentoring also can help to decrease the likelihood of depression, isolation, and alienation.

For more information about the comprehensive family of Jewish Home senior care services, contact our Connections to Care toll-free hotline at (855) 227-3745 or click here to complete our online information request form.

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