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The Senior Companion Program, established in 1974, connects volunteers age 55 and over with adults needing support to remain independent. Activities include helping with simple chores, providing transportation to appointments,
monitoring medication, providing respite care and offering contact
to the community. Companions help aging Americans maintain their dignity and quality of life while enriching their own lives through service.
Both Senior Companions and those served receive significant, long-term health benefits from their participation, including reduced rates of depression, increased social ties and perceived social support. Families are strengthened through respite services provided to family caregivers. Senior Companion services are provided at no cost to the recipient.
Senior Companions serve between 15 and 35 hours per week. Income eligible volunteers receive an hourly stipend of $2.65 per hour to help offset costs. They also receive service related insurance, mileage reimbursement and other incentives.
The Senior Companion Program is part of Senior Corps, along with RSVP and the Foster Grandparent Program. Senior Corps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.
Corporation for National and Community ServiceNational Senior Corps AssociationNorthwest Kansas Area Agency on AgingSouthwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
FHSU Foster Grandparent Program