Foster grandparent program expands across country

Jasmine Phu

August 31, 2010

A program which aims to help students behave and perform better in school has started to spread across the country, according to The Abilene Reflection-Chronicle.

Known as the Senior Corps Foster Grandparents Program, this service engages baby boomers and seniors who are looking to make a difference in childrens’ lives by joining them in various activities, many of which are focused on reading.

It is not a heavy commitment, requiring only an hour and a half a week with a child who needs help, most of whom are attending kindergarten to fifth grade, although the service is available to any child under the age of 21.

“Boomers want to be active,” Brenda Finn Bowers, the coordinator of Kansas’ Dickinson County Department of Aging told the news source. “The foster grandparent program will be a good way to engage boomers.”

She claimed that these foster grandparents can make a huge difference in a child’s life.

Staying active is also a good way to stay connected with the world. Grandparents who do not live with family members may want to consider a medical alert system. This device will allow seniors to notify neighbors or authorities if they need assistance due to an unexpected injury or medical problem.

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