6 ways AHH addresses social isolation

Companion care is an effective way to reduce social isolation, a common but harmful condition among older adults. Here’s how we address it with our programs at A Helping Hand: We meet the client where they are The majority of our clients don’t have transportation available to them. Others have mobility limitations that make it... Continue Reading →

What’s missing?

This month, as we recover from the madness of the holiday season, we’ve been taking time to reflect on our mission and what we want to focus on in this new year. This led us to the question, “What’s missing?” What’s missing from our programs here at AHH, what’s missing from our community, our culture,... Continue Reading →

15 ways our internship changes the world

A Helping Hand is proud of our internship program, and over the years we’ve shaped the program to positively impact our community and the world at large. Here are 15 ways the AHH internship program makes a difference: Providing access to healthcare for low-income seniors and adults with disabilities. AHH interns help their clients with... Continue Reading →

Where we’ve been

April and May have been busy months here at AHH! We’ve had a lot of exciting events going on that we want to share. On April 19, in honor of National Volunteer Week, we hosted an appreciation event at Beer Study in Durham. Our volunteers enjoyed drinks, barbecue, and unlimited arcade games! Skee ball turned... Continue Reading →

Internships inspire careers in geriatrics

Yasmin came to A Helping Hand as an intern in the fall of 2016. At the time, she wanted to go to medical school, but didn’t know what specialty she wanted to pursue. She didn’t have much experience working with older adults, but was interested in learning more about geriatrics and elder care. “[The internship]... Continue Reading →

Back in action

As a new school semester dawned this past January, three of our former summer interns returned to A Helping Hand as volunteers. These three students had enjoyed their time as interns, but their schedules hadn’t allowed them to continue volunteering after their internships came to an end. Now that it’s a new semester and their... Continue Reading →

It takes a village

Two weeks ago, our new group of spring interns kicked off their internship with a day of orientation. Through this process, they learned the ins and outs of being companion. They discussed their perceptions of older adults, participated in a sensitivity training to simulate some of the physical impairments our clients experience, practiced using mobility... Continue Reading →

A very happy holiday

We thought Thanksgiving ended a month ago, but since we’ve came back to the office after the holiday break, we’ve been flooded with messages of gratitude. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” said Ms. H. Ms. L called to say, "Thank you for your Christmas gift. It just lifted me up. I was... Continue Reading →

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