'Adopt a Grandparent' brings generations together

Published: Friday, May 16, 2014 at 18:09 PM.

CHIPLEY - In today's busy world, taking time to share and learn from our community's elderly residents is sometimes lost in the shuffle. Washington Rehab and Nursing Center is offering an opportunity to both build friendships with senior citizens and provide social contact for those who may not receive much interaction outside the center's walls.

Washington Rehab and Nursing Center kicked off its "Adopt-a-Grandparent" program this month. Director of Marketing Christa Wesley says both young and old alike enjoy participating in each other's lives, and visits from others can help dispel the loneliness that is too often a part of aging.

"It is our goal to match willing volunteers, which includes the old and young, with our elders who long for companionship."

Two-year-old Maverick Collins of Chipley was the first to sign up for the program. His mother, Jessi Collins, says it's never too early to start teaching children how to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

"This is an exciting opportunity for us, as Maverick is learning to put others before himself," said Collins. "Maverick's adopted grand is Lena Long, and it's been a pleasure watching the two of them interact. When we walk into Washington Rehab & Nursing Center, Maverick lights up. Seeing "Granny Lena" smile as she shows us around the facility is rewarding and priceless. I'm proud that we can be part of their Adopt a Grand program."

For more information on the Adopt-a-Grandparent program, contact Christa Wesley at 638-4654.



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