Keywords: elderly, independence, spirits, kindness, thoughtfulness, giving,
Sometimes seniors can be fierce about maintaining their independence – some would say downright stubborn. But it is hard to give up taking care of oneself and give the reins over to someone else. It can diminish their spirits to depend on others to do tasks they used to do so easily.
How can you help without taking away their independence?
Following are five ideas from the e-book, “101 Ways to Change the World“. Use them to stir up your own ideas. Let’s keep our seniors involved in life – they are a valuable commodity!
1. If you have an old computer that still works, take it to an elderly person who isn’t computer literate. Teach him how to operate it to send and receive email so he can have a connection to the world. What a great way to keep him connected to his family and friends who are probably online too. The kids and grandkids will think he is so cool and will be so impressed that he mastered the computer! Become an E-mail Pen Pal with them yourself!
2. Help someone around the house who is elderly or sick. You could: Paint a wall, Garden, Mow the lawn, Shovel snow or Take out the trash. Just look around and you’ll discover something that needs to be done. If there is an extensive list of things to do, enlist the help of a couple other people – take a lunch along and make it a party! The senior will appreciate the help and the company.
3. Take daily walks with an elderly neighbor who doesn’t feel comfortable or safe going out on her own. Exercise will help keep her mobile and keep her spirits up, too. You may just learn tidbits of history and wisdom from her perspective.
4. Birds are always a delight to watch for those who are homebound. Take over a bird feeder and keep it filled with birdseed. Hummingbirds are fun to watch. Keep their feeder filled with fresh hummingbird nectar for hours of entertainment!
5. Help the elderly or homebound decorate for the holidays. They often miss out on the fun of holidays because they aren’t able to handle the traditions and decorations. Yet they usually have boxes of items that made their holidays special over the years. Make sure you return after the holiday to put away the decorations!
There you have it – five simple ways to make a difference in an elderly person’s life. All you have to do is make the decision to help and then do it. It’s just that simple!
For more suggestions, visit http://www.101WaysSeries.com and download the e-book “101 Ways to Change the World”. Use these tips to change your world, one kindness at a time.