Excerpted from Every Monday Matters by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza
April 05, 2010
Our senior-citizen population is changing—and this group will grow by another 18 million people in the next 25 years. Today, seniors are living longer, are more full of life, have more expendable income, and have achieved higher levels of education. So, if you spend time with them, you might just find that a friendly game of gin rummy or bingo will teach you a thing or two...about life.
TAKE ACTION TODAY
Offer the elderly you see today simple gestures of courtesy and respect—smile and say "hello," let them have the right of way while driving, or give up your seat in a crowded area.
Contact a local independent living, assisted living, or continued care facility and ask if they need volunteers. You're likely to find a place to work with seniors closer than you think.
Ask the facility if children or pets are allowed.
Organize your family or a group of friends to go with you.
Be prepared. Volunteering at a senior or elderly care home can involve many types of activities—playing games or cards, reading, doing art and craft projects, singing songs, teaching a class, or just being friendly.
Ask the seniors questions about their life.
The fastest growing age group is 85 years and older.
Every 7.5 seconds a Baby Boomer turns 60.
1 out of 5 people, 72 million, will be 65 years or older by 2030.
Nearly 23% of people aged 75 and older live in nursing homes.
Due to the increase in the divorce rate, a decrease in the number of children, and with more families living farther away from one another, family support for the elderly is less available.
Printed from Oprah.com on Saturday, December 7, 2013