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senior sitting alone
By: Mon Ami
May 14, 2020
Loneliness is a serious problem for today’s seniors. Mon Ami takes stock of the epidemic of elderly loneliness, along with ways to ameliorate it....
a senior with a volunteer
By: Mon Ami
May 14, 2020
The nature of companion care and how it is different from typical caregiving....
a man sitting alone
By: Mon Ami
May 12, 2020
It’s far more common for students to feel lonely in college than many people think. Here are some tips on what to do about it....
Person using a cellphone
By: Mon Ami
May 12, 2020
Need help figuring out how to use the Mon Ami app? Please review the below FAQ for answers to common questions we receive from volunteers....
Woman on the Phone
By: Mon Ami
March 27, 2020
Thank you so much for signing up to be a volunteer caller! We want you and the people you are calling to get the most out of your conversations. Check out the below guide for all the details and tips you’ll need to remember before, during, and after your call. Refer back to it anytime you need a refresher!...
Woman grocery shopping
By: Mon Ami
March 27, 2020
Thank you for volunteering to deliver meals, groceries, and other essential needs! Your safety and the safety of the people you are assisting is our number one priority. When you are volunteering, please adhere to the following guidelines....
Senior Hands
By: Mon Ami
March 18, 2020
There are so many great organizations committed to supporting seniors nationwide. To encourage this spirit of service in our home base – the San Francisco Bay Area – we’ve created a list of organizations currently accepting volunteers to support seniors during COVID-19....
Seniors isolated in senior housing
By: Mon Ami
March 17, 2020
Grandma Ruth is turning 100 on April 7, which was to be the day my boyfriend’s family had planned a reunion of 100 people in her honor. In light of COVID-19, she will be alone in her senior living complex in Phoenix, AZ. The decision to cancel Grandma Ruth’s seminal celebration was obvious, but the toll that and thousands of other cancellations take on seniors is also very real....
Two People Holding Hands
By: Cristin Coffey, Mon Ami companion
December 11, 2019
Life is better with connection. I’m not talking about the connection of receiving a comment on a post, or receiving hundreds of views on your latest Tik Tok video. Instead, the connection of having a shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold during times of freight, a hug to mend lost time, and someone to share your memories with. Being on your phone, for those of all ages, creates a black hole that sucks you in and creates a wall around yourself. Setting your phone down, and talking with those who are around you is practicing gratitude....
Man on Computer
By: Cristin Coffey, Mon Ami companion
November 24, 2019
The fall season is rolling by quickly and before we know it Thanksgiving will be over and Black Friday will be here. In this new age of technology, there is another form of Black Friday that takes place on the Monday after Thanksgiving, called Cyber Monday. This is where online retailers have discounts on their products, just like in stores during Black Friday. Some seniors may feel intimidated by Cyber Monday because online shopping requires knowledge of how to search, buy, and save. However, to skip the stampede of shoppers, long lines, and early hours of Black Friday here is a list of tips for seniors to conquer Cyber Monday in the comfort of their own home....
Grandmother and daughter
By: Cristin Coffey, Mon Ami companion
November 21, 2019
The holidays may have become an intense race to the presents, but it doesn’t mean we have to forget the true meaning. What it so great about non materialistic gifts is that they can be paired with materials or substituted, they can be saved for the holidays or done every day! Nevertheless, here is an alternative gift list during this festive time of year....
Grandaughter and Grandmother
By: Mon Ami
October 18, 2019
Our friends from the Alzheimer’s Association led an information session for Mon Ami Companions focused on effective strategies for communicating with a person living with dementia. Below are the top tips and best practices from the session that you can implement when visiting someone with dementia....
Mon Ami Client and Companion
By: Mon Ami
October 6, 2019
Mon Ami companions help to reduce social isolation in later life while playing games, going on walks, singing, painting, reading, and — of course — conversing over coffee. Mon Ami pairs older adults with college students who provide companionship and conversation during regular visits. Social and meaningful, not clinical. And companions receive an abundance of benefits in return, playing an essential part in an affirming, intergenerational feedback loop. So, how have ​Mon Ami ​companions benefited from their experiences? Let’s hear it from them....
seniors socializing
By: Mon Ami
September 26, 2019
Socialization can play a powerful role in health and wellness for seniors. Learn how companionship and socialization can help mitigate ailments and reduce reliance on pharmaceuticals....
Two Seniors Holding Hands

By: Mon Ami
September 20, 2019
Even when they’re in a facility designed to provide a sense of community, social isolation and loneliness can be a big challenge for seniors. Staving off that loneliness and reaching out to all their residents is a key goal for many senior living communities, especially as isolation and loneliness can also become associated with impaired health and physical frailty. Those issues, in turn, make it harder for the people affected to get out of a downward health spiral....
seniors laughing
By: Cristin Coffey, Mon Ami companion
September 12, 2019
Whether you are a companion, caregiver, grandchild, or friendly neighbor, visiting with seniors is an intimate time. Sometimes, however, it can feel difficult to connect on a personal level. You may not know the senior well yet, or the senior you are visiting could have a cognitive impairment like dementia that makes connecting more challenging. I found that these five tips help bring back some intimacy to our visits and might help you feel like you’ve known someone for years....
College Student
By: Mon Ami
September 9, 2019
Mon Ami is a Bay Area social enterprise that matches older adults and their families with college students for companionship and intergenerational connection. The students visit over coffee, help with memoir projects, troubleshoot technology problems, even organize photos and memorabilia. They often develop meaningful connections with the older adults, changing their outlook on friendship, community, aging, even their careers.  But just who are they?...
Mon Ami Companion and Client knitting scarves
By: Cristin Coffey, Mon Ami companion
August 30, 2019
Grandparent’s Day is a day to come together as a family and appreciate all the things that grandparents do. Growing up I loved spending time with my grandma, and if there was one thing she loved more than her farm animals it was her grandchildren. I always want to make sure I get my grandma the perfect gift, so for those of you who are searching for some ideas for your grandparents, this is for you! Here are 5 gift ideas for Grandparent’s Day!...
Man using phone
By: Cristin Coffey, Mon Ami companion
August 23, 2019
As a college student companion, the first people I visited were Jim and Joan.  Teaching them new tips and tricks to use on their iPhones were among my favorite things to do with them. Seeing Joan’s smile and amazement at all the things her phone could do was such a joy for me to see. Joan loved learning all about her camera and the ways she can utilize it in her everyday life, with her grandchildren and on her vacations. These tips that I am about to go over are all questions she asked me. Like all of us remember our teachers saying, if one person is asking about it many others are probably thinking it....
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