Central Minnesota Elder Network
Peer Support for Seniors
Central Minnesota Elder Network - Cedar
700 Cedar St, Ste 227, Alexandria, MN, 56308-1697
Distance: 1152 Miles
The goal of this program is to match trained peer volunteers with seniors who need encouragement to face life's changes, such as:
* Moving from a long-time home or farm
* Receiving a life changing medical diagnosis
* Retiring, which can cause a lost or decreased sense of identity
* Experiencing the death of a spouse, parent, child, sibling, or friend
These and other changes in life may lead to feelings of confusion, loneliness, and isolation - even depression in the most severe cases. Their peer volunteers listen with regard for the individual's feelings, in a non-judgmental manner during weekly in-home visits. Clients are free to share their feelings with volunteers who assist in finding answers and solutions to their problems. Finding resolutions for their challenges provides the client with feelings of restored empowerment and peace of mind.
* A volunteer is assigned to visit each client for up to one hour per week
* Call the Elder Network office for more information
Services are offered to people age fifty-five or older and provided by their peers. Volunteers receive training in how to provide spiritual care to older adults and when to make a referral. The volunteers also receive training in communication and active listening skills, normal aging, counseling techniques, death and dying, mental health issues and more.
8:30am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday
This provider does not offer this service at other locations.
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PH-1400.5000-650Peer Role Model Programs Definition
Programs that offer the services of volunteers who have admirable qualities of character and are willing to serve as role models for youth who are troubled and at risk for delinquency, adults who are disadvantaged by poverty, health conditions or other problems or other special populations who need the friendship and support of a peer to improve their personal and social functioning. The volunteers are usually of a particular age, gender, cultural background or other status that clients can identify with.
PH-1400.6500-050Age Peer Networking Definition
Programs that link individuals of a particular age group (e.g., youth, adults, older adults) with others of the same age group for the purpose of information sharing and support.
YB-8000Older Adults Definition
Individuals who are age 50, 55, 60, 62 or 65 or older depending on the minimum age for qualifying as an older adult which varies by program.
YF-2000Frail Elderly Definition
Older adults who have a condition that affects their independence and places them at future risk of needing a higher level of care than is currently required.