Aid the Elderly
What’s the story?
We understand that being with folks you don’t know who are considerably older than you can sometimes feel intimidating. The thing is, elderly people are just like you, only older. They’re like your grandparents or the friendly older neighbor down the street. They have a lot of life experience: cool stories to share, ideas for games you’ve never even heard of, recipes for food you can’t buy in a store. But as people get older, their families grow up and sometimes move away. They may begin to have physical problems that make it hard to get around or do certain tasks. Because of this, sometimes they could use a little help, or a friend to talk to. They love kids and sometimes just showing you care can make a huge difference in their world.
What Can I Do?
Give of Your Time
One of the best – and easiest – ways to help is simply by spending time with seniors. Your presence is a true gift to someone who may have fewer social connections than they did when they were younger, or who is limited in his or her ability to get about town.
There are groups that help older people enjoy their later years and provide the assistance they may need to do daily chores. You might be able to help by raking leaves, shoveling driveways, grocery shopping, and just simply having fun with seniors near you. Need inspiration? Look no further.
Check out the nonprofits on our site to find something that might sound fun and work well for your schedule. Whether you do something for one of the nonprofit partners seen here, or come up with your own idea, track your hours spent bringing smiles to seniors using our YouthGive app.
Did you know…
Nearly 1 out of every 8 Americans is over the age of 65.
Here in America, we have an aging population. The Baby Boomers are growing older and that means there are going to be a lot of seniors looking to the younger generations to help them stay active and have fun.
Want to Learn More?
Here are some of our favorites about what a special gift it can be to have older people in our lives.
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Mr. George Baker by Amy Hest
Sunshine Home by Eve Bunting
The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant
Can You Do This Old Badger? by Eve Bunting
Lemon Sisters by Andrea Cheng
Say Hello, Lily by Deborah Lakritz