Valentina Reni

The Current Impacts of COVID-19 on Senior Citizens

With March 2023 marking the third year since the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the United States, the effects of the virus are still being felt. In particular, the lives of senior citizens have been greatly impacted by restructured living communities, ongoing infections and long-term health complications caused by the COVID-19 virus. The Effects of COVID-19 …

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The Secondary Effects of Loneliness and Isolation

Loneliness and isolation have various secondary effects on long-term health. On their own, they are already challenging states to manage. This is most likely because, historically, humans have always been social beings, relying on communication and connections with others to further civilization. Loneliness and social isolation are not necessarily the same. As defined by the …

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Senior Spotlight: Sue

Conversations to Remember was founded with a clear mission: help fight cognitive decline in senior citizens by combating loneliness and social isolation. Since its establishment in 2020, the organization has enlisted the help of student volunteers nationwide to participate in virtual visits with seniors from all over the country. Thanks to the volunteers’ efforts and …

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C2R on College Campuses

Conversations to Remember’s college volunteers are establishing campus chapters where members can meet up in person to learn and engage in various activities together. This is the first time Conversations to Remember has helped host physical gatherings, and volunteers are reaching out to their college communities to expand the organization and further its mission.  Ilayda, …

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What is: Parkinson’s Disease Dementia?

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder in the central nervous system. The central nervous system (CNS) processes information and sends motor signals through the body in response. Thus, Parkinson’s disease often affects motor functions, resulting in involuntary movements, such as tremors and loss of balance.  Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD) is diagnosed when people living with or …

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Virtual Visits 2.0

Conversations to Remember has rolled out new software to support our virtual visits. This new chat system is being used already to identify new volunteers for our visits. Instead of asking everyone for their availability at the start of each semester and then relying on that information being accurate, we are now reaching out to …

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