KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Knoxville's Community Action Committee is giving older adults the chance to work with children through a new program that partners adults with school-aged children.
The Foster Grandparent Program gives adults over the age of 55 a chance to help children with homework and serve as a mentor, while still keeping a flexible schedule. The program allows adults to make a difference in their free time.
"It's such a rewarding experience. Just to know that you've helped a child do something that's made them happy and made them have a lot of self-worth that day," said Emma Williams, a participant in the program.
In addition to helping children in the community, psychologists show these connections can be great for older adults, giving them extra energy and reducing the chances of depression.