Making the Most of Retirement offers volunteer opportunity at April 20 session

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / April 15, 2016) –– On Wednesday, April 20, at 1:30 p.m., Cynthia Lincoln with the COEDD-Area Agency on Aging will discuss volunteer opportunities for retirees at this month’s “Making the Most of Retirement” program. The OSU Emeriti Association’s monthly program meets at the Stillwater Public Library.

Lincoln is the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Supervisor of the agency’s Ombudsman service, which is an advocacy program for residents of nursing homes, residential care and assisted living centers. The program serves seven counties, including Payne County.

As the ombudsman, Lincoln makes routine visits to all facilities in those seven counties and visits with any resident that wishes to do so.  She also responds to complaints, beginning those investigations within a week of receiving them, and offers in-service training for staff in the areas of residents’ rights and abuse prevention. 

As a volunteer, interested persons would visit local facilities and meet with residents. The trained volunteers are called upon to begin preliminary investigations when Lincoln’s office receives a complaint.

“Our volunteers are the ones who know the facilities in their service areas the best,” said Lincoln. “They spend time getting to know the facilities, the residents and the situations that take place there.”

According to Lincoln, the agency currently has four volunteers in Stillwater. Each volunteer has a weekly time commitment of about two hours per week. Lincoln is hoping that her visit to “Making the Most of Retirement” will inspire more people to sign up as volunteers.

“Volunteering through the Area Agency on Aging’s Ombudsman program is a rewarding opportunity for retirees,” said Lincoln. “It gives volunteers a chance to support people in their community and to reconnect with old friends and neighbors who may now be in long-term care facilities.”

Lincoln is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and has been with the Ombudsman program since 1986.

For more information “Making the Most of Retirement,” visit http://retiredinstillwater.wordpress.com or contact the library at 405-372-3633 x106 or askalibrarian@stillwater.org.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).  Visit the library online at http://library.stillwater.org.