Category: United States

In Boston, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly has brought their intergenerational program online!

When the world was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic, our member organizations across Europe and North America did what they’ve been doing for decades – build community to relieve isolation and loneliness among the elderly. Staff and volunteers have always known the importance of this mission, and when the world stayed home we knew what […]

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Cincinnati’s International Dining Program allows to travel despite the pandemic!

In Cincinnati, Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly offered the elderly to travel around the world through gastronomy. In the context of the pandemic, their “International Dinners” program, with special menu delivered at home, were very much appreciated by the isolated older adults they support. Yogi Wess, executive director at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly […]

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Celebrate Easter 2021 despite the Covid crisis!

This year again, because of the Covid19, the organizations members of the International Federation adapted and succeeded in celebrating Easter with the elderly people they support. In many countries, Easter is still an important holiday and the elderly are keen to mark this moment. Gatherings of several people could not take place, family lunches were […]

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Robot pets have therapeutic benefits for older people

Robot animals were introduced in nursing homes in Japan starting in 2009 to replicate the benefits of zootherapy.  Many studies have been carried out and the results are good. During the Covid19 crisis , the Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly association in Chicago was able to experiment with this after receiving donated robot animals. […]

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The vaccins are coming!

In the context where the first vaccines become available, this raises questions for our organizations about the measures to be taken or advice to be given. In the United States, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly opens the debate with this article published in their second edition of Network News & More, December 2020. “According […]

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Thanksgiving 2020 in the United States: an extraordinary celebration

This year, the American association Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, member of the Petits Frères des Pauvres International Federation, had to adapt to celebrate Thanksgiving. A bit of history Thanksgiving is a holiday that is celebrated in the United States in thanksgiving for the good harvests obtained by the first arrivals in 1621. […]

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The Covid 19 crisis reveals the need to help the elderly with digital tools

The Covid crisis19 and the containment that has been put in place have led to greater isolation for those who do not use the new technologies. Those who are not “connected” have been even more alone during this period. These include elderly people living alone and those living in nursing homes. In France, 27% of […]

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October 1st, International Day of Older Persons

October 1st, International Day of Older Persons Did you know? In 1982, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing. On December 14, 1990, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed October 1 as  the International Day of Older Persons. This date provides an opportunity to raise public awareness of […]

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An International Perspective on the Health Crisis: Interview with Louise Aronson

Dr Louise Aronson is one of the most recognized geriatricians in the USA. She is the founder of the Optimization of Aging practice at the Center for Integrative Medicine at UCSF San Francisco, where she cares for the elderly. She has published many books including the latest Pulitzer Prize-winning Elderhood. What have you learned from […]

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Slice of Summer: spreading joy – safely – in Chicago!

Like every year, the elderly wait all year to savor summer, and even more this year after the lock down period. While this summer was unlike any other, the organization Little Brothers – Friends of the elderly in Chicago knew it was still essential for the elders to feel friendship and fun. That’s how they […]

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