Our daughters recently started visiting with an older lady in the community. She is a ninety-year-old lady who is able to do most things, but enjoys companionship and requires that everyone call her "Granny." She reminds me of many elderly people we have gotten to know over the years. It seems that as people become less able to do things, their family and friends slowly back away. Not because they don't want to be around, but often because they are afraid and uncertain about what's happening to their loved one. Our girls have learned to just be yourself and live life. Here are some of the things they have been doing with Granny and suggest that you do with an elderly person in your life:
Cook a meal using one of her favorite recipes. She can't cook, but she still knows the details.
Go for a walk and let her tell you about the neighborhood. Or her childhood. Or anything she wants to talk about.
Talk politics. She's been around to see a few elections!
Sew a quilt, knit a blanket or crochet a hat.
Clean. Granny can spot dirt a mile away, even if it's not really there.
Make a scrapbook of cards, photos or newspaper clippings. You'll learn a lot!
Most importantly, take some time each week to spend with someone who doesn't move as fast as they used to. You'll enjoy the pace.