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Family at Dinner Table
By: Cristin Coffey, Mon Ami companion
December 11, 2019
Gabby is Dorothy’s companion and has been visiting Dorothy for a few months. Wanting to do something exciting for Dorothy, Gabby remembered Dorothy telling her that she had a “World Famous” pumpkin pie recipe, and wanted to bake that pie together! Gabby asked Dorothy’s daughter for the recipe and got the ingredients together. Gabby takes us through the whole recipe, which consisted of pumpkin, spices, sugar, and the secret ingredients oranges!...
house covered in snow
By: Cristin Coffey, Mon Ami companion
December 11, 2019
Hi, my name is Cristin and I am a college senior at San Jose State University. My family and I are from Southern California, so I only get to see them during the holidays. The family that comes together includes: me, my brothers, our partners, my parents, and my grandma. My grandma has been the only active grandparent in my life and she tries her hardest to make the holidays special. Come along with me through memory lane of four of my favorite holiday moments with her....
Mon Ami Companion and Client
By: Cristin Coffey, Mon Ami companion
October 24, 2019
Mon Ami is a diverse network of students, young people, and others who enjoy sharing their time with older adults.  They come to Mon Ami with unique backgrounds and perspectives to share, which we are excited to profile here....
Scenic picture of Akua
By: Cristin Coffey, Mon Ami companion
October 17, 2019
Mon Ami is a diverse network of students, young people, and others who enjoy sharing their time with older adults.  They come to Mon Ami with unique backgrounds and perspectives to share, which we are excited to profile here....
Dolores and Kyle
By: Mon Ami
July 5, 2019
Kyle Engelmann, a recent Stanford graduate, details his first Mon Ami visit experience....
Daughter and elderly mother looking at phone
By: Mon Ami
July 5, 2019
Denise cares for her mother, Dolores, on her own, visiting Mom in an assisted care facility as often as she can. Denise has still been feeling that she’s not doing enough, and worried that Mom wasn’t getting enough interaction in her home. Denise feels that finding Mon Ami enables Mom to engage with the world around her like she used to....
Natalie and her mother Astrid
By: Mon Ami
July 5, 2019
At 97, Natalie’s mother Astrid is still a firecracker; she has a dry wit and an incredible sense for storytelling. But she’s not as mobile as she used to be, and many of her days would center on watching TV news for hours. When Natalie heard about Mon Ami, she was skeptical that a few visits could change their lives, but she was willing to try it out; little did she know how meaningful the time could be....
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By: Mon Ami
May 30, 2019
Lorraine and I met just a couple months ago, but I feel like I’ve known her my whole life. The two of us quickly hit it off, chatting about everything from astrology to boys to what life is all about. She even let me borrow one of her astrology books, so I can learn more about the subject....
Ralph and Claudie
By: Mon Ami
May 30, 2019
Claudie cares for her husband, Ralph, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s three years ago. Ralph and Claudie have lived full, beautiful lives, and Ralph wanted to capture their experiences in a memoir. Claudie wanted someone who could help him and entertain Ralph at the same time. When they found Madeline, Ralph’s Activity Companion, they found the answer to both of their desires....
Golf ball on tee
By: Mon Ami
May 30, 2019
Last Friday afternoon I hung out with Jim for the 3rd time in 8 weeks. On our first two get-togethers, we split a hundred golf balls at the driving range and perfected every shot from our pitching wedge to our driver. After two practice sessions at the range, we decided to up the stakes and go play 9 holes at the local golf course....
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