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Sharon Ehlers named new coordinator of Elderly Peer Program

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sharon Ehlers
Patrick Schmitz, Executive Director of Plains Area Mental Health Center,recently announced that Sharon Ehlers has been hired as the Elderly Peer Program Coordinator for Cherokee and Ida Counties.

Ehlers is not new to the Elderly Peer Program, as she served as coordinator for this program several years ago. Her passion and dedication to the senior population in the Cherokee and Ida Grove area makes her a perfect fit for the Elderly Peer Program.

The elderly face many stressors, economic hardships, physical challenges, and numerous losses through death of loved ones and decreased independence. But the greatest stressor among the elderly is often loneliness.

Trained volunteers of the Plains Area Mental Health Center Elderly Peer Program fill that void for those who are isolated, lonely, or depressed. Who better to understand the stressors than someone who also has similar life experiences? These volunteers visit and phone their peer weekly, forming supportive relationships that can last years bringing joy and comfort to those in need and those providing the service.

The Elderly Peer program works because people care. If there is elderly person you know who could benefit from a committed visit one hour a week plus a phone call; or if you would like to become a volunteer please contact Sharon Ehlers at 712-225-2575.

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