In an attempt to let no father be forgotten this Father’s Day, SYNERGY HomeCare of Beaverton, Oregon is launching its Adopt-a-Pop pilot program.
On June 19th, SYNERGY HomeCare will match local teenagers with older dads at Cascade Park Retirement in Woodburn. The kids, who are from the Woodburn Parks and Rec summer program, will “adopt” a pop (grandfather) for the day. The teens will fill out custom designed adoption certificates with their adopted pops to commemorate the special occasion.
The kids will also spend time getting to know their adopted pop by interviewing them and presenting what they learned with the group. The newly formed friends will also create unique key chains out of nuts and bolts and share a lunch of pizza and pop. The two hours of fun and friendship will take place between 11:30-1:30 pm.
SYNERGY HomeCare recognizes that isolation and loneliness are widespread among our elders. Many older parents don’t have family members who live close enough to visit - if they have any family at all.
“Friends pass away. Families move away. There are fewer opportunities for social engagement than in their younger days”, says Donna Cole, owner of SYNERGY HomeCare of Beaverton. “We are excited to take part in this pilot program to ensure the elder fathers in our community are not forgotten.”
Children who are given a chance to take an interest in their elders are much more inclined to help take care of them. Those who have developed close emotional bonds to grandparents or great-grandparents are more understanding and patient with people who have disabilities. This connection is important because according to statistics, the number of seniors in the U.S. is expected to double by the year 2020.
Cole is certain special bonds will be made this Friday as these two generations come together – both learning something from the other.