In 2011-2012, volunteers wrote down the life stories of the elders living in nursing homes, to record their memories. To have someone listen to their stories, older persons gained perspectives in their lives and a sense of inner peace. Young(er) volunteers, in turn, gained deeper understanding and appreciation of what it is to age.
Since 2002, New Path Foundation has offered services to the elders living in nursing homes. In 2004, this programme was officially named as “friendship in sunset". It consists of a long-term one-on-one regular visits by a volunteer to an elder in the nursing home every two weeks.
Senior residents (65 years old and above) of Yokohama City may register as volunteers to help at elderly nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, day care centers, hospitals, clinics, etc. When they volunteer, they earn points, which they can accumulate and convert to cash at the end of the year. There are over 9,000 volunteers registered.
This is a two-year, time-bound project (July 2011 - June 2013). It aims to support elderly living in the community by training neighbours to offer volunteer home-based care to the nearby elderly and to build human capital to serve the community. The trained volunteers would provide home support service to the matched elders, including meal delivery or preparation, house cleaning, escort, purchase and delivery of daily necessities and house sitting.
Traffic Branch Headquarters (TBHQ) of the Hong Kong Police Force promotes road safety. With the help of elderly volunteers and the slogan "Love Yourself, Love Your Family, Be a Smart Pedestrian", the campaign reminds general public, especially senior citizens, to use road-crossing facilities and follow traffic rules.
Founded in 2004, Macau Red Cross Medical Volunteer Service is composed of medical doctors, nurses, and nursing and medical school students. Their primary role, as part of the “Elderly Care Health Service”, is to provide blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and fat measuring service for the elderly in different parks across Macao under various schedules.
Macau Red Cross promotes community service among Macao residents, to help vulnerable groups including older persons. Volunteers can receive training before volunteering, and get a recognition (badge) after certain hours of volunteering.
"Angel Action" is held every year to train volunteers, including former carers, professional nurses and retired persons, to provide trainings and support to dementia patients. The Action has trained over 200 volunteers and the longest service term of volunteer has exceeded 5 years.
Volunteers provide complimentary repair service of electrical applicances, furniture, simple renovations of home facilities and assistive devices for disabilities, etc. Users must be referred by social workers or medical personnel. The service is free of charge.
In this digital world where traditional photography shops are becoming less common, it is often difficult for older persons and persons with disabilities to get a proper photo of themselves. This project aims to take formal as well as daily pictures for the elderly free of charge. Volunteer photographers, including professional, retired, and amateur photographers, provide this service. Any social organizations could apply for this service on behalf of the older person.