The Generations program runs on 250 volunteers who serve close to 300 elderly persons in the downtown Montreal area. Many of these friendly visitors are McGill University students who generously volunteer their time and energy. This program is currently in its forty-sixth year of servicing seniors.
We arrange weekly home visits to seniors and accompaniments to hospital and other appointments. A friendly favour service arranges for volunteers to run errands for housebound seniors. Often, volunteers are also asked to offer our clients help with computers and other technology. In addition, staff is on hand to provide information and referrals on a variety of seniors' issues and services.
All these services seek to decrease the sense of isolation experienced by many inner city elderly and to help in preventing premature institutionalization. Furthermore, we aim to promote the kind of relationship between youth and seniors that nurtures a sense of awareness and responsibility toward the aged.