So many senior citizens residing in nursing homes spend each day isolated and alone. Although they once led “normal” and “active” lives, they are now cut off from the community. For various reasons, many residents have little or no interaction with their friends and family.Can you imagine how hard it must be to cope with the sense of loss and loneliness that they must feel, especially now as the holiday season approaches?The Thames Area Citizen Advocacy Program is looking for volunteers to become friends and advocates for residents of southeastern Connecticut nursing home and assisted living facilities. As a volunteer you can share your interests, such as reading, crafts, cards and board games, music or just sitting and chatting. Simply put, be yourself. By just giving an hour of yourself each week to be a friend of a nursing home resident you can brighten their entire week, and yours as well.If you are interested in learning more about this rewarding and needed volunteer opportunity, please call me at 860-823-3778 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Susan MortonNorwich The writer is the coordinator of the Thames Area Citizen Advocacy Program.