- Have patience with them as it may take a while for them to adjust to the losses
- Explain to them that losing independence is a common part of aging
- Encourage family time so they can stay connected to those who are loving and caring
As the new year ends, we take this time to remember all of our seniors who are living at home, in a community, or with a loved one. We know that it is not easy for them to transition from independence to dependence after doing things on their own for so long. One way to help Aging Beauties deal with the changes in their life is to do the following:
Do you believe that a lack of companionship leads to poor health outcomes in older adults? When an older adult does not have companionship they often get depressed, lonely and feel isolated. Research shows that loneliness is linked to serious health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure and even memory loss. Just imagine for a second....sitting in a room, no one to talk to, staring at a blank wall and the only visitor you receive is the person that may come by to care for you. Imagine the thoughts in your head and how negative they may be of how no one cares for you or loves you. Can you start to feel the loneliness just in your imagination? What about the anxiety you must feel to experience being alone. No older adult should be placed in this situation. I encourage everyone to show love to an Aging Beauty as it can go a long way even to increase their quality of life as long as they shall live.
I was sitting on my couch today meditating and the phone rings. On the other end was a volunteer that participated in Senior Service Day. Remember the day that Governor Henry McMaster proclaimed for all of SC to show companionship to our Aging Beauties? This was the day that hundreds of volunteers all across South Carolina visited a senior and engaged in some form of activity with them. This volunteer is still visiting the same senior she saw on September 26, 2017 and she wanted me to know how that made her feel. While listening to her story and how she brought such a priceless smile to her Aging Beauty's face, I started crying as the vision given to me was still being carried out. The title of my blog is the beauty of time. I wanted to point out that time can do many things. Time heals broken hearts, time allows for difficult situations to pass, and most importantly giving the gift of time to someone that so greatly needs it and may not ever experience it, is something that can't be measured or replaced. Whenever you have the time to show a senior you love them and to spend time with them, please do so. They can be depressed as this senior shared with our volunteer or could be waiting to share important information that could be life changing and you could be the help for them. They have made a way for us, let's save a space for them through our time.
Senior Service Day has been given a Governor's Proclamation to be observed for the entire state of South Carolina. This is a day that everyone can join together to pay tribute to our Aging Beauties through companionship and social engagement. Please join us on September 26, 2017. Watch our video to get more insight. Click the link: https://youtu.be/37zGPOovLm0
To register to volunteer please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/senior-service-day-2017-tickets-35139367795
"Depression is not a normal reaction to aging, but the risk of depression increases as people age and become more debilitated." To sum up, it's common in seniors but not normal. We researched several articles that could be helpful in understanding what happens with depression in our senior population. Here are some:
National Nursing Assistant Week is June 15-22, 2017. We can't express enough gratitude for those that care for our Aging Beauties. We thank you so much for the hard work that you display on a daily basis to show them that they matter. We hope that others are celebrating you the way you deserve and notice what we do when we see how you make them smile, the gentle touch you provide and so much love you show with your kind acts. If no one else has said this to you today, we love you and thank you!!
Do you know why we celebrate Older Americans Month? It's simple. We want to honor and value seniors for their accomplishments and all that they have done to pave the way for younger generations. How do we do this? We treat them with respect and hold them in high esteem. I remember our past President Barack Obama stating, "One of the best measures of a country is how it treats its older citizens." I agree. What are your thoughts?
Kesha L. Hayes