Coast Gears Up for Adopt A Grandparent Day
It’s hard to believe, but 50 percent of nursing home residents have no close relatives. Forty-six percent have no living children, and 60 percent have no outside visitors. These are only statistics. Sadly, there are faces behind every “number.” That’s where the non-profit group Adopt A Grandparent Day steps in. For the past five years, the organization has rallied hundreds of volunteers annually for one full day to visit South Mississippi nursing homes and other senior facilities so that those in their “Golden Years” will know they are valued and appreciated. This year’s event is scheduled for Sat., Sept. 8.
This drive and group was spearheaded back in 2014 by Adopt a Grandparent founder and President, Kathy P. Rogers, who is a South Mississippi resident. Experienced with caretaking herself, Rogers formed the group after her family’s experience while visiting a nursing home years ago. She saw a need for our community to honor those who are often dishonored or forgotten during a time when they should be appreciated the most. From this, Adopt A Grandparent Day was formed.
This year, more than 700 volunteers are being organized to visit 33 elder care facilities in the South Mississippi region on Sat., Sept. 8, the day before National Grandparents Day. For one hour, these volunteers will visit the elderly at nursing homes and senior facilities throughout South Mississippi, encouraging them with activities and letting them know someone does care. Rogers says this one hour has the potential to foster long-term relationships between volunteers and senior citizens.
This 501(c)3 organization is still looking for sponsors, donations and volunteers for this year’s event. If you have any questions or would like to take part, contact Kathy P. Rogers at (228) 697-0786.