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.