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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Christmas 2020 celebrations were source of new ideas

For this “special” Christmas 2020 because of Covid-19 and the necessary measures to protect the older adults, the organizations member of the International Federation of Petits Frères des Pauvres have innovated. They have found solutions to overcome the impossibility of organizing parties with the people they support. Most often, teams prepared Christmas packages that were […]

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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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Andreea has the commitment virus!

Every year, International Volunteer Day (5 December) is an opportunity to thank and honour all the people who make our organizations alive, all those volunteers who are committed on a daily basis to ensure that no elderly person is isolated. The challenge is immense, but they are more and more numerous to join us, especially […]

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Friends of the Elderly celebrate their 40th Birthday in Ireland

Friends of the Elderly bringing 40 years of service in Ireland helping their older community. Friends of the Elderly are celebrating their 40 wonderful years working with older members of the community, bringing friendship and compassion to those who live in isolation and loneliness. It is core to Friends of the Elderly’s mission, and it […]

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Do you know Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday is a worldwide movement, which appeared in the United States in 2012. It is called the world day of generosity and solidarity and is celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It was created in response to the commercial events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Currently, 60 countries are involved worldwide. In France, the […]

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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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Freedom of movement in nursing homes: the testimony of the Petits Frères des Pauvres in France

The French association Petits Frères des Pauvres, concerned to be the voice of the people accompanied in nursing home and of the volunteers who accompany them, decided to collect and share their words, to testify of their lives in this so particular period. The data collected and a certain number of proposals were then sent […]

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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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