House Cleaning or Maintenance Jobs
Read/Watch Movies Together
Offering to read a book or magazine article aloud creates moments to share additional conversation. For those who struggle to see well, this type of interaction can be especially beneficial and welcomed.
The above suggestions are ways in which we can offer our time and presence to be supportive to our senior friends, neighbors and family members. Most of the suggestions require little, if any, monetary involvement and yet a lot of them help to relieve the financial burden by providing services and materials for which the elderly would need to spend their limited income. In addition to these ways to physically help alleviate stress and offer companionship, a timely gift card to their favorite restaurant, beauty parlor or barber shop, local grocery store or department store would be considered appropriate in most situations if individuals feel the need for tactful, financial assistance. When families, friends and communities work together to provide, our seniors receive much better care than when someone tries to do it alone. Working together requires patience, communication and understanding for the many complex issues that can arise and care must be given to always allow the senior and their family priority while respecting their feelings and allowing them to maintain their pride and integrity. We have heard the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child” and I would like to offer that it takes a village to give our seniors the care they deserve. The suggestions in this article are hopefully a starting point, and there is much for all of us to do.