What Do We Do?
- FIT provides respite care so that caregivers can enjoy time for themselves.
- Health compromised seniors will have the opportunity to interact socially with peers and younger people by sharing in stimulating activites that support physical, emotional, and cognitive well being.
- Older adults and volunteers will mentor young people with skills that honor and respect the family. This intergenerational community involvement enriches lives, shows elders that they are important members of the community and offers encouragement and practical support
- Teaches skills to maintain activities of daily living, strength, memory balance and fall prevention.
- Medication monitoring.
- Educational seminars/training.
Who Is Involved?
- Footprints in Time collaborates with the Commision on Aging, Area Agency on Aging, the Northwest Michigan Alzheimers Association, Veteran's Affairs, families, friends and businesses.
- FIT engages a large corps of volunteers made up of people from all walks and generations of life. The youngest of these volunteers are small children not yet in school. With guidance from adults, they bring their playfulness and sense of wonder to a population often deprived of contact with children. This intergenerational community involvement enriches group respite programs, shows elders that they are important members of the community, provides stimulating activities and offers encouragement and practical support. These efforts foster healthy community life for all ages.
- Provide a community outreach to health compromised seniors so that caregivers can continue to work outside the home, trust in the physical care their loved one is receiving, avoid the guilt of placing a loved one in institutional care, and have respite from what can be a “24/7” responsibility.
- Health compromised seniors will have the opportunity to interact socially with peers and younger people by sharing in stimulating activities that support physical, emotional and mental well being.
- Every participant will recognize their value because they are created in God’s image.
- The older adults and volunteers will mentor young people who are seeking a chance to learn new skills that:
- Honor and respect the family.
- Teach absolute values of right and wrong.
- Teach what integrity means to a leader.
- Will demonstrate respect toward authority.
- Teach skills that influence appropriate social behavior, manners, good morals, honesty, unselfishness, generosity and how to be considerate of others.
- Teach the benefits of discipline, hard work and responsibilities.