Our Vision

Love is the answer.

 
 

There is no medicine that takes away the loneliness of aging. That is why 43 years ago, Mae Wygant founded LITA, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. LITA provides volunteer friends to bring the warmth and vitality of the Marin community directly to long-term care residents to lessen their feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Many residents in facilities have suffered debilitating physical, mental, or psychological conditions that limit their abilities to socialize and communicate with others. Many have no other visitors from, or connection to, the outside world.

LITA presently has volunteers serving in 28 facilities. They may be bringing one to one personal friendships to the residents, or visiting multiple residents with their friendly dog or even playing music and discussing that experience with a group of residents.

The need for LITA’s services will continue to increase as the 60 year and older segment of the population is expanding faster in Marin than any other county in California, according to the California Department of Finance.

Additionally, while loneliness and social isolation are not the primary causes of health issues in older people, there are a growing number of studies showing they do contribute significantly to a decline in cognition and well-being.

There is always room for more great friends! If you are interested in volunteering please let us know. Or if you do not have that time there are other ways you might be able to help. Contact us to talk.

 Jessica A. Williams Executive Director

Jessica A. Williams
Executive Director

 Games and Family Connections pass the time enjoyably

Games and Family Connections pass the time enjoyably

 
Always positive comments from our residents. They mainly remark how sweet, polite, fun, and cute the kids are. Our residents sit down to lunch after the kids leave and individual folks are holding on to something from the activity, like a card, etc. - a souvenir of the time spent together.
— An Activity Coordinator speaking about Bridging Generations