Enhancing the quality of life for all as we age is key to the Shepherd’s Centers network. Our mission is not just about supporting older adults, but making our communities better for all citizens. At its heart, our programs and services provide opportunities for living healthier, happier lives. Since inception, the lives of more than 2.5 million older adults and their families have been forever changed.
55,000 older adults were helped through free, informal volunteer caregiving services, such as a ride to the doctor or help around the house
100,000 older adults participated in life-enriching educational and wellness classes
13,000 volunteers gave 660,000 hours of service
Estimated value of services provided is more than $15.5 million, provided at no cost to individuals, health care organizations or government agencies
The educational classes and exercise opportunities are important. But also of significance is the social interactions that occur in the planning and participation of these opportunities.
With old age comes an increased risk of isolation due to reduced mobility and a shrinking social network of peers and relatives. By providing pathways for purposeful social interaction, individuals' overall health and well-being can be improved and their cost of care may be reduced.
An overwhelming majority of older adults (as many as 8 out of 10) want to age in place. Shepherd's Centers provide a variety of informal services -- at no cost -- that support aging in community. As a result of this support, older adults report that they are able to live in their own homes years longer.
Support such as transportation to medical appointments is vital to independent living. Participants share that without a ride from a Shepherd's Center volunteer, they would have missed an appointment or gone without medical care.