Elderly are so important to our families and communities; they have so much wisdom to share. Ever wonder what you can do to help our older generation? In this article, we cover how you can make a difference in the life of the elderly.
The senior community has shaped and formed the areas in which we live. They have dedicated decades to lay the very foundations we stand on today. They deserve nothing less than respect, recognition and dignity. Not only that, but we can learn so much from their wisdom and guidance if we put ourselves in the path of opportunity.
Here’s how we can make the connection to the older population in a way that will benefit and enrich both of our generations:
- As we age, it becomes more challenging to get out and about. The risk for isolation and lack of social interaction increases and negative outcomes result. Just visiting an older person—especially if they live alone or after extreme weather—regularly helps in tremendous ways. Just sitting and talking over dominos can not only benefit them, but in turn, benefit you! We can learn so much from stories and significant events in history they witnessed firsthand. It really is a win/win. *Note*If you don’t have an older person nearby or in your family, visit a senior home and ask to be connected with someone who doesn’t get visited.
- House or Yardwork. There may be a bulb in a high spot that needs replacing or minor maintenance that you can help with, and there is always yardwork to be done.
- Take them on an outing. A trolley tour is fun or maybe a trip to the art or history museum, public garden or to get some ice cream.
- Go with them to appointments or run errands. Driving can become a difficulty with age, so offering to drive or ride with them by bus while they go to an appointment is a way to spend quality time in the process. Also, offering to pick up a book of stamps or milk on your way in is helpful.
Any of these can apply to those who don’t personally have an elderly family member or neighbor nearby. Offer time, talents and help to a local senior center, home or housing community. For the retirement, supportive or assisted living center, they have event calendars and more than likely will welcome a new painting class or musical entertainment. Check it out!
For more ideas on how to connect with the wiser citizens in the area, visit ESWA. Have fun and show our elderly some love today!