Take time to visit the elderly
When was the last time you visited a nursing home or an assisted living facility, whether it was to go and see a loved one or just to simply visit and make someone’s day? When was the last time you went out of your way to visit your grandparents?
I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t go nearly as often as I should. Visiting the elderly is something I’ve recently found myself forgetting to do, and I fear that they will begin (if they haven’t already) to think that we’ve forgotten about them amongst the busy turbulence of our young, hectic, and technology-driven lives.
Your visits don’t even have to be to a facility, it can simply be popping by to visit your grandparents at their house when you’re in town for the day, something I make a point to do whenever I go home. I am one of fifteen grandchildren, and my grandparents have told me that I am their only grandchild that frequently goes out of her way to go and visit them when I’m in town.
That makes me sad, and it’s something I feel needs to change. I have found that I hear some wonderfully embarrassing stories about my parents when they were growing up, along with a home-cooked meal from grandma’s kitchen (we all know there’s nothing better than that), and a good game of cards when I go and visit them. Why isn’t that something that our generation takes more time to do?
There are several ways that both parties can benefit from us taking time out of our busy schedules to go and see them.
One way the elderly benefit from us going to visit them is it can cause them to live longer. Research has shown that laughter can relieve stress, therefore lengthen their lives.
The elderly aren’t the only ones who benefit from us visiting them. In ways, we can arguably benefit more than them. By listening to them and their stories, not only do we learn valuable life lessons it also gives us an opportunity to exercise our patience.
They’ve done so much for us already. They are some of our first teachers. We have a responsibility to learn from their wisdom. They are the history and heritage of our society and world, and we have so much to learn from them.
Patience is something our generation lacks in. Visiting the elderly helps us to slow down and take some time from our hectic and busy lives to relax. The elderly talk and move at a much slower rate than we do.
Technology, I believe, has caused us to be a very impatient generation because everything happens so quickly now-a-days, oftentimes with the touch of a button. We sometimes forget that the world has not always been this high-tech.
Will you want to be neglected and forgotten about when you’re old? When visiting my great-grandmother growing up, back when she was alive, some of the residents that lived near her hadn’t received a visitor in years! Whenever we visited my great-grandmother, we would always receive little gifts from her fellow residents because seeing us filled them with joy. They’re some of the people I’ll never forget.
At such a young age, I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around how I could make someone I didn’t know so happy, but it all makes sense now.
The idea that simply taking a couple hours out of my day to sit, relax, play some cards, and hear some stories from those who have a few years on me, could make their day, makes it a no-brainer. It’s something we should be doing more of.
The final reason you should visit your elders more often, they are nearing their end and their future is uncertain. I speak from personal experience, and had one of my sets of grandparents both pass away unexpectedly.
Since then, I have made a very conscious attempt to visit my other set of grandparents much more frequently. Save yourself from that regret, and pay your grandparents or your local nursing home a visit.