Letter from the Founder
Thank you so much for stumbling across Seniors With Skills. My name is Jaya Manjunath and I am the founder of this nonprofit. For the past 8 years, I have volunteered at a number of different retirement residences both in the US and Canada. I have always been drawn to starting small initiatives in retirement residences; when I was 16 years old I started a pilot program called ‘Computers for Seniors’ where I canvassed local computer companies for donations. Surprisingly, I was able to retrieve computers and set it up at small retirement residences in North York. I helped some residents apply to part-time jobs and volunteer opportunities and some of them were successful which brought the biggest smile to my face. Now I am bringing my high school pilot project to life!
The main purpose of Seniors With Skills is to end social isolation of seniors on an international scale. Believe it or not, social isolation has the same effect on lifespan as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and it is directly correlated with dementia and falls. The simple act of volunteering at a retirement home and interacting with seniors helps end social isolation. Seniors With Skills has developed professional training videos as well as 2 programs (The Cards and Knitting Program and The Computer Training Program) to combat social isolation. After seeing the positive impact community engagement has had on seniors, I am determined to reach out to as many seniors as possible. If you share the same interest as me please check out the join us page; we could always use more volunteers!
Picture of me running the daily crossword puzzle at Lansing Retirement!