Countless New York City seniors spend weekends and evenings alone. Perhaps these seniors no longer have loved ones to share time with, or new conditions prohibit them from participating in their favorite traditional past times. Many businesses and organizations are closed during these hours, making it nearly impossible for isolated seniors to find opportunities for social interaction.
With these circumstances, it is no wonder that so many seniors suffer from social isolation. Social isolation can lead to serious mental, emotional, and physical health consequences, especially in frail older adults. Some of their most isolated times are when everyone else is busy, such as evenings and weekends.
This #GivingTuesday, DOROT is working to change that. On November 28th, we will be raising money to support expanded programming to further alleviate social isolation for seniors. Daytime activities at DOROT are the highlight of many seniors’ weeks. Now, through added outings, concerts, and intergenerational activities, evening and weekend programming may bring the same joy and meaning. By offering programs during these times, DOROT will engage more seniors and mobilize volunteers who are frequently occupied during daytime activities. “When a group of Columbia University students and alumni created DOROT in 1976, they saw both the devastating effects of social isolation on older adults and the benefits of bringing the generations together,” said Mark Meridy, Executive Director. “Over four decades later, we are proud not only to follow in their footsteps and continue to alleviate isolation, but to begin this new period of growth at DOROT, enabling us to effectively reach more seniors than ever before.”
DOROT is a social service agency dedicated to alleviating social isolation among older adults by providing services to help them live independently as valued members of the community. For more than four decades, DOROT has been an innovative leader in the fields of aging services and volunteerism. Recently, DOROT received the prestigious Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence which recognized DOROT as a pioneer in uniting the generations and making communities better places to live.