“I remembered how absolutely terrified I was at the beginning,” said Susan Jewett, 76, who first proposed the mentoring idea to Penn Memory after her husband’s death in 2020.
Her pitch: “Maybe I could be useful to someone who is earlier in the process.”
Mentoring can benefit both parties, said Justin McBride, a senior administrator at Duet: Partners in Health and Aging, which began a similar program in Phoenix in 2016. “We hear all the time that supporting another person in need gives mentors a sense of purpose,” he said. “It helps them make sense of their own journey.”
"Efforts to reduce the aging prison population are driven not solely by compassion but also by the tremendous cost of incarcerating older people....