The Iranian-American community has many residents in rehab centers or hospitals who do not speak English. Although they are receiving great care, as a community, we could coordinate to have Iranian speakers visit them for companionship and to help improve their experience while being at these center. In addition to brightening the days of these seniors, volunteers can also help nurses with translation and communication.
Guidelines in English Guidelines in Farsi
I am writing to share my vision for an initiative I would like to begin at local hospitals and senior centers to help our senior citizens. I recently visited a few elderly Iranian citizens (former clients and friends) at two local hospitals and rehabilitation centers in the valley. I noticed that many of senior citizens appeared lonely. They are always so happy to have visitors come and talk to them because they don’t receive a lot of interaction, particularly because there aren’t a lot of Farsi-speaking staff members.
We can bring so much energy and positive interactions to these seniors’ lives if we come together. After my initial letter Miss Poopak Mozaffari from Radio Iran 670AM took action and set up an interview on the Radio which resulted in many calls from people who wanted to volunteer their time and services. Aside from volunteer visitors, we need several volunteer liaisons to coordinate between the facilities and the volunteers so we can have an organized effort.
We can make such a big difference and I look forward to collaborating on this initiative.
Shirin Nooravi, Psy.D.
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