Penn State Shenango grads create subscription box service for seniors

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There’s now a monthly subscription box that you can order for your loved one who may be living in a nursing home. It’s called Purpose and as two Penn State Shenango grads will tell you, it’s just the beginning.

Ali Izzo and Holly Masters work as occupational therapists for senior citizens. What began as a class project less than a year ago is now their own business.

“We saw in the nursing home loneliness, sadness in older adults,” Izzo said.

She and Masters took their desire to help and created Purpose. The therapeutic subscription box is filled with dozens of things like puzzle books to help with memory, jewelry and trinkets.

Family members can even send photos and messages to their loved ones within the box.

“There’s definitely a need,” Masters said. “We’re always welcoming new people in the area.”

By the year 2050, around one in four Ohio residents will be over the age of 65. But here in the Valley, we’re already there.

People 60 years or older make up around a quarter of the population in the tri-county area. That number is expected to be 35 percent by 2030.

“What we want to send people is things that are going to help them stay independent,” Izzo said.

The last few months have been a challenge for the pair. Neither have a business background but they say they want to keep this going.

The first boxes are set to ship out in August. To subscribe to the service, visit Purpose’s website. Quarterly boxes will be sent out every three months.

You can also send one-time birthday or thinking of you boxes.

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