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IAHSA is very proud of all of the volunteer program initiatives around the world that our members offer and wanted to share these with you!

Christie Gardens – Toronto, Canada

Christie Gardens Apartment & Care, Inc., a member of IAHSA in Toronto, is a retirement community that has long been serving residents physically, socially and spiritually for over 25 years.

The success of Christie Gardens has been volunteerism, among other unique programs. Its volunteers have remained an integral part of the culture of Christie Gardens. Christie offers flexible daily, weekly or monthly duties in various areas of service, including assisting with events, church services, programs on floor one, calendar delivery and folding, and weekly or monthly duties like mail delivery, decorating and plant maintenance. They look forward to expanding their program in 2012, and welcome any interested applicants.

Reaping Hope – Kathmandu, Nepal

Reaping Hope, IAHSA’s first member in Nepal, is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that creates opportunity for global awareness through its volunteering programs. Its programs work with needy and vulnerable groups and are always looking for people with a health-care background for placement in elderly homes (Briddashram) and disability centers.

Volunteers of all backgrounds and skill levels can work at the Ni Shahaya Sewa Sadran (an old age home) or The Pashupati Old Age Home in Pashupatinath.  Reaping Hope invites volunteers to help seniors with daily chores and activities while seeing the beautiful and spiritual landscape of Nepal.

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[credit: Jonas Boni, daoro]

There are days when reading the paper is down right depressing. Stories of elder abuse, rising health care costs and retirement woes dominate the headlines. But today was different. Two stories caught my attention and brightened my day and I hope they do the same for you!


Tuning into Music Therapy

Members of the Adult Day Support Program at Bethany Cochrane in Calgary, Canada are all recording artists. There debut album featured a selection of standards such as Amazing Grace and Springtime in the Rockies, with a few members even taking on solos. This is a fantastic example of how a creative project helps elderly maintain skills which help them stay independent longer. At Bethany Cochrane music is not the only activity residents engage in. There are debate sessions, hobby and games times and wellness clinics. This community is bubbling with examples of positive engagement between residents, staff and the community.

Manchester opens outdoor playground for elderly
The city of Manchester, England has opened a playground for the elderly. Town residents who lived in state housing lobbied the government for an outdoor recreation area after learning of a similar programme in Germany! So far over sixty elderly have tried out the new equipment and the response is very positive. The space also lends itself to intergenerational interaction because it was build next to a children’s play area. What a unique and enjoyable experience for the town’s elderly.

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Virginia Nuessle, Study Tour Director

Majd Alwan, Director, CAST

Alla Rubinstein, Program Administrator, IAHSA

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