Little Brothers of the Elderly

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly’s mission, according to Simone Mitchell Peterson, its executive director, is to work with the elderly to minimize the impact of social isolation and alleviate loneliness.   It seeks to build community for older people through love, dignity, and beauty as evidenced by the idea of 'flowers before bread.'  In Chicago, the profile of the elderly population is 80% female, 20 % male, with an average age of 82, with 2 out of 5 being dependent on a walker or a wheel chair. 

The programs are run by volunteers who endeavor to build relationships that are accepting, enduring, and give voice to lives that have been lived. The activities include celebrations of life, intergenerational contact with young professionals at Rush and Loyola medical.nursing schools, food bag delivery, attention to nutritional needs of seniors, and celebrating major holidays.