SUMMIT, NJ - As part of the Summit Area YMCA's Togetherhood program, the Y will host a monthly series of 'spa days' at the Vito Gallo Summit Senior Center. The Togetherhood committee is looking for volunteers to help provide hand massages and light manicures to residents.
The dates for the visits are July 15, August 12, September 16, October 14, November 11 and December 16. All visits take place from 2 - 3 p.m.
The massages / manicures not only offer physical benefits such as pain relief from arthritis and improved circulation, but also provide relaxation and a social connection for the seniors. These events allow the residents to socialize and interact with each other and the volunteers which help minimize isolation that many seniors may experience. According to AARP, the increase in which adults do not have children within the past few decades have consequentially led to fewer family members that are able to provide the care and company that adults need as seniors. Senior isolation can be alarming and even harmful, as the lack of social interactions and contacts decrease over time due to death, lack of mobility, retirement and more.
Extended loneliness and perceived loneliness can contribute to not only cognitive decline, but also in increase in the risk for dementia, depression, high blood pressure and more. Participating volunteers also report an increased sense of fulfillment, meeting new friends, and gaining more understanding and knowledge from their conversations with the elder generation.
The Summit Area YMCA’s Togetherhood Program is committed to supporting the communities the Y serves through senior outreach, cultural engagement, and special projects such as the Senior Fun Days, and Summit Helping Its People (SHIP) food drives.
“The Summit Area YMCA’s Togetherhood program is a great way for Y members, families, and people of all ages and backgrounds to become more socially responsible in the community. The Y cause is to strengthen community, and we believe connecting people together is one way to do it. We had volunteers joining us in previous events that ranged from 7 to 70 years old,” said Patty Facchinei, Volunteer Coordinator at the Summit YMCA, a branch of the Summit Area YMCA.
To learn more about Togetherhood visit thesay.org/Volunteering/Togetherhood