Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Visit with US Elderly

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Visit with US Elderly

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TODAY is a special day at the Council of Elders in the Roxbury section ofBoston. Charles Hutchinson, from Ghana, and Estera Boszormenyiova, fromCzechoslovakia, are visiting. As part of the Foreign VIP "reverse" Peace Corpsprogram, they offer these adults friendship and activity - from doing thehokey-pokey to a serious discussion of life in their homelands.

Each day up to 45 senior citizens drop in at the Council of Elders (COE) forlunch, arts and crafts, games, and other activities.

The volunteers "are a lot of help," says Carmela Schemendia, programcoordinator at COE. "They work one-to-one. The clients - they really enjoy it.... It's good for them to see different people in here."

Ms. Schemendia tells how one woman's life was touched: "Sophia was veryquiet and nobody knew her language," she says. Sophia speaks Russian. "Butwhen Estera came, she had a happy moment!" says Schemendia. Sophia started todress up when she knew Estera was coming, she adds.

"When she knew I was speaking Russian, she was so happy," Ms. …

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