Pennock Center Announces new Program for Seniors

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BRIGHTON — Pennock Center for Counseling recently announced the launching of their new Senior Peer Counseling Program.

This volunteer outreach program utilizes screened, trained and supervised seniors, ages 55 and older, to help address the counseling needs of seniors in the Brighton area. Many seniors face challenges with adjustment to retirement, adjustment to physical limitations, grief, loss of loved ones, loss of independence and declining health. Depression, anxiety and loneliness are common in seniors, yet do not have to be a part of the aging process.

Pennock Center’s peer counselors will meet weekly with seniors at their homes, skilled nursing facilities or assisted living centers. Peer counselors need no specific educational background, but use their life experience, compassion and listening skills to help senior clients navigate these challenges.

Pennock Center is currently seeking caring individuals, ages 55 or older, who are interested in making a difference in the lives of others. Volunteers have the opportunity to work with other peer counselors, learn new skills and make a positive impact on the community. Peer counselors commit to a training program and get regular consultation and support while working with their senior client. Volunteer training includes information on the aging process, grief and loss, adjustment problems, depression, anxiety, basic counseling skills and community resources.  Peer counseling is not home health care or personal care, but is geared for seniors in need who would benefit from a supportive, caring peer counseling relationship.

In the next few months, the center will be accepting referrals of seniors in need of peer counseling services. Seniors referred will be screened to ensure that they are appropriate for the program.

Please contact Jody Pierce at 303-655-9065, ext. 9, for additional information or application for volunteering. Also find out more about Pennock Center for Counseling at www.pennockcounseling.org