The more time young and old people spend together, the more both parties benefit. Children have a warm and infectious energy, which can help to bring so much joy to the elderly. In fact, research shows that connecting youths with seniors can help to boost confidence, increase communication and improve memory.
Elders desire a life with good health, dignity, economic independence and finally a peaceful death. Understanding their needs and concerns, will ensure their good health. Lending an emotional support to the elders keep them jovial, which is inevitably the ideal way to live a healthy life.
Studies now suggest that bringing older and younger generations together can nurture understanding and mutual respect that benefit the individual as well as the community. Both age groups can be a resource for the other, sharing talents and insights.
Advantages to society of older persons include their lower criminal activity, greater political participation, increasing voluntary organization participation, work abilities, and visual perception abilities.
They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.” The fact that people live longer than ever before, and that we have an ageing population, should be something to celebrate. After all, the alternative to living longer is not great.
First, time with the elderly helps the elderly: Improved mental and physical health for the elderly. Research indicates that they benefit from interaction with younger people, mentally and physically. Being around the young often takes them back to their youth.
An important habit to learn from seniors is to be kind and humble. The elderly will always remind you that you don’t know what others are going through. Just observing some older people in our lives can help us empathize with others in various situations.
How can you help?
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Volunteer at a soup kitchen or shelter. Volunteer a day or so per week at your local soup kitchen, animal shelter or homeless shelter. These organizations have ongoing needs that must be met in order for them to serve the community. Your helping hands will be much appreciated and will definitely benefit others.
Here are just five ways that you can give back to your elders and enrich your own life as well.
Here’s what senior citizens want most when they get older.
Some of the many benefits of caring for the elderly at home are: