Living Lively’s mission is to end loneliness and improve quality of life for older adults by providing personalized in-home social interaction to isolated aging individuals in Northwest Arkansas. Our motto is that fun should not end with age, and we believe that cross-generational engagement is deeply beneficial for the young and old alike. Through our Kindred Spirits program, participants are matched with a volunteer companion based upon personalities and interests. Volunteers visit participants’ homes with activities such as cards, games, puzzles, arts and crafts, and much more based upon the shared interests of the participant and volunteer. The number, length, and frequency of meetings are determined by the desires and availability of the participant and volunteer. Activities are not limited to examples provided by Living Lively. We are all about bringing fun to the elder community and we will make every effort to individualize our participants’ experiences and connect them with the activities they love.
Services are free of charge and open to all applicants over fifty-five as well as to younger adults with disabilities. While other organizations in the area do wonderful work providing help with routine daily activities, chores, and transportation for seniors aging in home, Living Lively seeks to specifically address social interaction for aging adults with limited out of home mobility. We do not offer medical services or assistance. We do not require that participants be completely home bound or that they lack family support.
Living Lively founder Melissa Nicodemus was inspired to combat loneliness in the NWA aging community by her mother’s battle with end stage COPD. After taking a more active role in her mother’s health regime, Melissa saw first hand the benefits of social interaction to her mother’s well-being. Even interactions as simple as having a hair cut had a noticeably positive impact. Melissa realized she wanted to help all isolated aging adults know that they are not alone.
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