Senior companions befriend older adults helping them remain living at home

August 7, 2019 (AZ)

Hernandez, 74, is a Senior Companion for Zaragoza under Senior Corps, a federal volunteer program that provides assistance and friendship to older adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks.

Hernandez visits with Zaragoza three times a week, conversing and accompanying him to the park, which Zaragoza says he enjoys because he gets to spend time outdoors. The program pairs older adults to work one-on-one with the elderly so they can live independently in their homes, officials say. This can include driving clients to appointments or grocery shopping. There is no cost to the client.

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