Instead of Chocolates, Reach out to Elders

Spend time with seniors on Valentine's Day and every day!

On Valentine’s Day, maybe because I’ve been spending a fair amount of time around folks in their 80’s and 90’s, it’s become very clear to me that many of our seniors are grossly neglected by their families. Truly a sad  manisfestation of the “me generation.” So this Valentine’s Day, instead of complaining about the crowded restaurants, overpriced flowers and chocolates and the gifts that you did or didn’t receive, reach out to a senior who may be spending the day alone and brighten their day. You don’t have to buy anything (although no one I know ever turns down a nice box of chocolates), just give the gift of your time and your ear.  If you take the time to sit and chat, you’ll probably find out what they did during the Depression or during World War II. These folks have stories to tell and they won’t be here forever! My daughters truly enjoy and benefit from the time they spend with their grandmother and her senior friends, dealing cards or playing Scrabble, and the seniors are so grateful.  I highly encourage you and yours to get to know and appreciate this amazing generation of people. Maybe you are lucky enough to have a senior that you appreciate on a daily basis, but if you don’t, there are plenty of them out there that you can temporarily “adopt”. I promise you, it will make your day.

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