Volunteering

Stuck indoors for weeks, many of us faced a big question: What to do all day long and into the evening? Not Senior Planet member Madelon Hambro (at right). She simply picked up the pace on a hobby that she has pursued for over a decade: crafting beautiful, hand-made greeting cards for Citymeals on Wheels. 
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A group of artists in New York’s Catskill Mountains have joined the war on Coronavirus by making facemasks for healthcare staff: the Catskilled Crafters. This group of artists in upstate New York have shifted from creating art projects (see the Senior Planet story about them here) to stepping up during this pandemic.  In just two
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At 92, Ike Baker refuses to retire. He’s been a host at McDonalds in Dayton, Tennessee, for the past 21 years and intends to continue for another 10. He greets customers with a smile and a cheery word, making sure they have everything they need, and may be one of the oldest workers at the
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In a world in which family has been atomized into small nuclear units, with parents and their adult children often living thousands of miles apart, pairing older people with younger ones is taking off. There’s a nursing home in the Netherlands that offers free lodging to college students who agree to interact with their elders.
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When Ken Shaw of San Francisco joined the Peace Corps in rural Zambia as an agriculture specialist, he was 61. “To say it was eye-opening is an understatement,” said the retired county health department employee and part-time actor, adding he was fulfilling “my old hippie dream.” `It’s the greatest experience you’ll ever have,” the Hicksville,
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Gwen Garvey can’t wait for school to start. She doesn’t know how many classes she will take or what topics she will study, but she still can’t wait. As soon as the catalog comes out, she’s deciding. And if history repeats, she will likely take several classes. Garvey, 75, lives in the Beaufort, South Carolina
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