The Kim Foundation Blog

Insights, news and resources on mental health and suicide prevention.

Seeking Solutions

As part of our program, A Voice for Hope and Healing, I spoke to a group of dozens of Senior Companions that participate in a program where they go into the home of an older adult and do activities with them. This companion program has been going on for nearly 50 years and occurs throughout the country. The idea of simply being a companion to someone in their home – washing dishes, reading, playing cards, doing laundry, changing linens, etc – is a simple one, but it is also a very successful one. The individuals they serve are able to live independently longer, in part because of this companionship program. There was one woman celebrating her 97th birthday, and has had the same companion for more than 20 years!

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The Olympic Creed

I’ve enjoyed watching the Winter Olympics over the last couple weeks. All of the hard work, training and dedication have paid off, the medals have been counted, and athletes who proudly represented their countries have returned home. There were moments of heartache and celebration as athletes reached their personal best, and some were eliminated long before expected. But one thing I came across preparing for this article that I didn’t hear much about throughout the Olympics, was the Olympic Creed. It reads, “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.”

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More than Loving Others

With February, comes imaging of hearts, cupid, and love all around. February 14th is Valentine’s Day and is often a day known for letting your loved ones know how much they mean to you. As you write cards, shop for chocolates, or pick out the perfect flowers, don’t forget to show yourself a little love this holiday as well.

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