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Best Ways to Help the Elderly

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Rated 24 points - posted 5 years ago by JARM1 in category People.
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Stop and Visit Report Abuse
The elderly get lonely including those living in nursing homes and assisted living. Stop by and visit even if only for a few minutes you will be surprised at what a difference it will make in their day.
128 points - added 5 years ago by JARM1 - 2 comments
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take some time for them and enjoy with them
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good idea.
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Play an Old Board Game or Card Game Report Abuse
Playing old games with them may give them a sense of old memories. This may allow them to feel younger again, which is always a good felling to have.
76 points - added 3 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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awesome idea.
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Read Report Abuse
Many time he or she may not be able to see to read anymore ask if they would like you to read them the paper and/or bring them a book on tape.
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Cook for Them Report Abuse
Often it is hard to cook for one and the elderly will just eat a sandwich or cold cereal instead. You could cook them something special or cook a little extra when you cook and take it to them.
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Listen To Them Report Abuse
A basic need people have is just for someone to listen to them - really listen. From this, you can find some of the most important things they need or want.
59 points - added 3 years ago by guest - 5 comments
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Thats a great idea
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this help me out a lot on my project
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In response to "I think this is a fantastic idea," I say: You don't already listen?
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I think this is a fantastic idea
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awsome
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CHECK ON THEM WHEN THE WEATHER IS BAD Report Abuse
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Look At Old Pictures Report Abuse
52 points - added 5 years ago by JARM1 - 1 comment
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Remember the good memories so that you can have a great time. Hugging each other laughing about all the good things in the past. Heart beating, mouths laughing, and pages moving slowly.
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Do a Chore (Clean) Report Abuse
There are many chores that need done that people may not see yet the person living there can an example dust that gathers on higher places is dangerous for the elderly to clean.
51 points - added 5 years ago by JARM1 - 2 comments
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Sounds like a good idea.
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i think you should help elderly
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Adopt A Grandparent Report Abuse
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Pick up their medications for them Report Abuse
19 points - added 5 years ago by JARM1 - 1 comment
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people should help elderly people when there are sick or help them get lower things or higher things that is why you should help them i belive in them help them please
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Phone Report Abuse
Phone and talk a few minutes if you cannot stop by just to make sure their doing all right.
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Take her/him to a medical appointment Report Abuse
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Bring Your Pet to Visit Report Abuse
You will of course want to be sure that the person likes pets and is not allergic to them. Pets have been taken in nursing homes and they bring smiles to the elderly faces
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Help a blind man cross the road Report Abuse
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that is right but in our india some people can not help them
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Holiday baking and decorating Report Abuse
Offer to help with holiday baking and decorating. If possible, invite them to come stay at your house and have them help you with your baking and decorating. Plan to make some easy homemade decorations too. Play holiday music and allow them to tell you stories of years gone by.
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write a letter Report Abuse
Unsteady hands make writing illegible. Send elderly your return address labels to use as addressing letters to you, those ones sent to you from charities.
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Get Them Involved Report Abuse
See if they may have an intrest in playing local bingo or in going to the local senior center.
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Home Repairs Report Abuse
See if there are any small home repairs, you can do.
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Meals on Wheels Report Abuse
Mention meals on wheels in general conversation some people may not know about this program. This organization supplies hot lunches to qualifying elderly.
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Never Bring them to Home for the Aged Report Abuse
The best care for an old person can only be rendered by his own family members. Often we think that in home for the aged they would be guided more by the proffesionals, but we were wrong, cause no matter how good they are in treating the physical pain that the old person is going trough, they can never ease the emotional pain that they might be undergoing. Caring for the elderly is our own responsibility and not of the other people, home is the best place to go for a person who only have few days left in the world. Let us not deprived them the oppurtunity to have this precious thing in the last hours of their lives.
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I agree.
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When I was a child, there was a short time when my Mom and her siblings couldn't take care of my grandmother, and they put her in a home for the elderly for a couple of weeks. (My grandfather had already passed away, and she was on her own.) This was back in the 1970's, and she was a Polish immigrant that moved to this country around the turn of the century, lived in a Polish neighborhood with other people like her, and never really learned to speak English. During the time she was in that home, we visited her, and the effect it has on me was profound. The despair I saw in her eyes was palpable, and it engrained in me the strongest determination that no matter what, I would always assure my parents didn't have to go to a place like that. Now, with my own mother nearing the end of her life (she's 86, and a cancer patient for the past 4 years), I'm grateful for having had that experience all those years ago, as it taught me the importance of stepping up and dealing with our aging parents in a responsible and respectful manner.
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Beautifully said!
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Update Insurance Report Abuse
If a family member is not close by you can help make sure that their insurance information is up to date and that any Medicare premiums are paid and see if they are eligble for medicaid or other insurance programs.
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Smoke Detectors Report Abuse
Make sure they have smoke detectors in the home and maybe bring some fresh batteries.
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Shop Report Abuse
Offer to take them to do their shopping or to pick it up when you do yours. Many elderly people are on fixed incomes you could also clip coupons on items you know they use.
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Bake Them a Birthday ake Report Abuse
6 points - added 5 years ago by JARM1 - 4 comments
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I love me some ake
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The spelling of cake is not ake Plz note it!! :)
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Birthday Cake.
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CAKE maybe take a cake decorating class
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Make sure they have proper heat and air. Report Abuse
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Plant Flowers Report Abuse
Plant flowers that need little care or buy a houseplant.
5 points - added 5 years ago by JARM1 - 1 comment
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a shepherd's hook of different height makes it possible for the elderly to care and water plants while standing or in a wheel chair.
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PICNIC AT THE PARK Report Abuse
Pack favorite foods and munchies. Walk to see the animals and view the children playing. If by a river to listen to it flow. Breathe in the fresh air!
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Play some Board Games Report Abuse
Some elderly people can have fun too. Play some board games or just some games. Elderly people love to laugth. Especially they like to play with kids because the kids maybe remind them of there own kids!
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Talk to them Report Abuse
talking to them will show them you listen and care and listen to their problems
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Spend the night with your grandparents Report Abuse
Many grandparents get lonely when their grandkids don't visit them. Every now and then spend the weekend with them.
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take walk with them Report Abuse
It helps them to let of all there worry's and it refreshes them and they get a better feeling of life
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Make an emergency storm pack Report Abuse
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Give them Music Report Abuse
I am a singer who specializes in Singing for the elderly and it is a medicine of enormous proportions.
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Check Locks Report Abuse
Check door locks and make sure they are in good working condition.
0 points - added 5 years ago by JARM1 - 1 comment
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good idea
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