Remember The Forgotten Ones

Remember The Forgotten Ones

As we continue through the season of giving, I want to draw attention to a community that I have had the greatest pleasure serving through my work in healthcare…our elderly community.

This amazing group of people is one that is near and dear to my heart. Yet, I have witnessed some of the most heartbreaking moments in this role simply because these people are often left alone. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, 12 million Americans over the age of 65 live alone.  And, twelve percent of those living alone don’t have enough money to meet basic expenses (compared with 5 percent of those who live with others).

You probably know someone special that fits into this population. At some point, we will all witness a loved one living with life-altering situations, perhaps dementia, Alzheimer’s, or simply the process of aging. I have and I learned to consider this community when thinking of how to give back.

Here are 3 Ways to Help
  • 01
    Meals on Wheels

    This amazing organization is located in every state and they provide warm meals for the elderly community who might not be able to prepare meals for themselves or simply can’t afford to purchase groceries to eat. You can always donate money. Even better, how about volunteering your time and helping to bring these meals to those in need.

  • 02
    Adopt a Senior

    Most nursing homes or assisted living facilities have programs that allow you to “adopt a senior”. This is often promoted during the holiday seasons, but can certainly be a year-round way of giving. It simply involves planning meals together, purchasing a gift for birthdays or holidays, or simply spending quality time with them.

  • 03
    Clothing Collections

    Nursing homes and assisted living facilities also recommend clothing collections for seniors, as they often do not have the means to afford basic needs such as heating. Collecting jackets, blankets, socks, gloves, hats, robes, etc. help keep them warm during the colder months, or when their fragile bodies have a tougher time staying warm.

    This is a simple, yet affordable way to give back.

These are just a few suggestions. Go find a cause that is dear to you. There are plenty of local resources; reach out to find ways that you can support.

I hope that you will take a pause in life and think about the members of our community that are fighting health-related concerns, are in a fragile state, or are alone at this festive time of year. Remember that they want what we all want, to feel a part of something, to be recognized, and to be included in a family.

Blessing others with your time and love is the greatest gift of all!!

Tell us how you #GIVE and #SERVE this holiday season.