Tamera Gordon Blog11
I think that community leaders could provide senior citizens with more activities in the community where they feel needed and appreciated. One focus area would be in volunteering in area where they can still utilize their skills after retirement. Retired teachers can help students that have a hard time reading and doing math, which in return aids them in knowing that they still made a difference in someone's life. Figuring out what is best for you and what you enjoy doing can make a huge difference in your life when you retire. It helps to keep you active as well.
Nursing homes are a place where elderly people go to live, and I think it is a good idea to help the elderly fell more sociable. In places like this they can go and communicate with others around their age. I recall a time when my friend's aunt looked forward to the daily activity schedule that was posted. It gave her different activities that she could choose from throughout the day to make her feel like she still had some control over certain aspects of her life. Friendship village has a very good program from what I could see, they provide exercise, and quilting, mountain climbing, independent living, and memory walk for Alzheimer's. I would feel more comfortable with my parents living in a place like this. I could imagine them feeling a sense of security. With our life expectancy increasing I feel like the frail and vulnerable should have a place where they feel safe and secure as well.
At some points in my career I have had the opportunity of working with the elderly. What I have come to realize is that you have to treat them like they are adults. Many people make the mistake of treating them like babies which can have a negative effect on them. I have saw many of the clients revert back to being a baby some of the things I've experienced were client's crying, bedwetting, and not being able to make a decision for themselves. Instead of breaking them down lets empower them Oprah had a great idea when she started a book club this is something that the elderly might find enjoyment in. Social networking is also a good way to get the elderly involved. I read in some of my psychology books that the bigger your network is the healthier the person is.