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Post by Thorin on Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:35 pm

A simple, yet powerful, UK program has been fighting elderly isolation by recruiting young adults as volunteers to read to seniors with vision problems and dementia.

Lorna Burnett has benefited from the program having her vision “restored” by 15-year-old Ailsa, a schoolgirl who was paired with Burnett through the Reading Friends project.

Prior to developing lupus in her 40s, Burnett was a librarian and avid reader who would read “two to three books every week”. After developing the disease, however, Burnett found herself unable to read or watch television for any length of time without her eyes hurting.

Not only has Burnett’s regular reading sessions with Ailsa helped to reconnect her with her passion for literature, they have also built a strong intergenerational friendship between the two ladies.

“I chose a book and she would come along and read it to me,” Burnett told BBC. “But we have only got through two books so far because we end up chatting too much. We have read two historical novels… and get on very well.”

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/volunteers-reading-to-lonely-seniors-across-uk/

More to read on link and a video also

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Post by Maddog on Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:40 pm

There is a similar program that I saw yesterday where the blind can connect with those that can see to "borrow" their eyes.

The internet really is a mixed bag in terms of helping humanity. I often think its ruining civilization, but then I see stories about how its bringing people together.

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Post by Maddog on Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:43 pm

Also, I think it's good for folks from different generations to hang out. Promotes more understanding, like it does when folks from different cultures spend time together,

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Post by Thorin on Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:44 pm

Maddog wrote:There is a similar program that I saw yesterday where the blind can connect with those that can see to "borrow" their eyes.

The internet really is a mixed bag in terms of helping humanity.  I often think its ruining civilization, but then I see stories about how its bringing people together.  

Agreed. I feel the same with the internet and then I read stories like this?

https://twitter.com/MuhammadLila/status/1218629431553658881

Its why i have faith in humanity

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Post by Thorin on Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:45 pm

Maddog wrote:Also, I think it's good for folks from different generations to hang out.  Promotes more understanding, like it does when folks from different cultures spend time together,  

Have a thanks and well said

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Post by Maddog on Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:07 pm

Thorin wrote:
Maddog wrote:There is a similar program that I saw yesterday where the blind can connect with those that can see to "borrow" their eyes.

The internet really is a mixed bag in terms of helping humanity.  I often think its ruining civilization, but then I see stories about how its bringing people together.  

Agreed. I feel the same with the internet and then I read stories like this?

https://twitter.com/MuhammadLila/status/1218629431553658881

Its why i have faith in humanity

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Post by eddie on Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:28 pm

I used to work in care homes for the elderly and I read to them. They always enjoyed it. Sometimes the elderly generation is so forgotten or ignored by society and they’re such interesting people mostly.

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Post by Ben Reilly on Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:36 pm

Maddog wrote:There is a similar program that I saw yesterday where the blind can connect with those that can see to "borrow" their eyes.

The internet really is a mixed bag in terms of helping humanity.  I often think its ruining civilization, but then I see stories about how its bringing people together.  

Eddie actually made a post like that one time on Facebook. We have these incredible communications tools at our disposal, but we don't do half the good we could be doing with it.

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Post by Original Quill on Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:20 pm

The Mormons have been doing this for centuries. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/topics/humanitarian-service/church?lang=eng

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Post by JulesV on Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:35 pm

Thorin wrote:A simple, yet powerful, UK program has been fighting elderly isolation by recruiting young adults as volunteers to read to seniors with vision problems and dementia.

Lorna Burnett has benefited from the program having her vision “restored” by 15-year-old Ailsa, a schoolgirl who was paired with Burnett through the Reading Friends project.

Prior to developing lupus in her 40s, Burnett was a librarian and avid reader who would read “two to three books every week”. After developing the disease, however, Burnett found herself unable to read or watch television for any length of time without her eyes hurting.

Not only has Burnett’s regular reading sessions with Ailsa helped to reconnect her with her passion for literature, they have also built a strong intergenerational friendship between the two ladies.

“I chose a book and she would come along and read it to me,” Burnett told BBC. “But we have only got through two books so far because we end up chatting too much. We have read two historical novels… and get on very well.”

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/volunteers-reading-to-lonely-seniors-across-uk/

More to read on link and a video also

This was the norm before society was broken and people became isolationist zombies who never take their eye off the tiny internet device which permanently lives in the palm of their hand.

The different generations in a family were closer together and benefited from each other.

People had no need to go ''adopt a granny/grandchild'' - they had their own natural ones.

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Post by Maddog on Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:15 pm

Ben Reilly wrote:
Maddog wrote:There is a similar program that I saw yesterday where the blind can connect with those that can see to "borrow" their eyes.

The internet really is a mixed bag in terms of helping humanity.  I often think its ruining civilization, but then I see stories about how its bringing people together.  

Eddie actually made a post like that one time on Facebook. We have these incredible communications tools at our disposal, but we don't do half the good we could be doing with it.

Well, my half dozen or so posts a day are making the world a better place. I'm doing my job. Cool

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