We’ve arrived at the time of year when folks are once again engaged in the activities of holiday planning. We have triple holidays forthcoming that are close to one another, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Lots of people consider this season a favorite. Yes, planning; church programs; traveling; shopping; decorating; cooking; diet busting eating; social gatherings; sports engagements; and time off from jobs and school. How many people, though, are mindful that folks had loved ones who transitioned during holiday seasons? Some have loved ones who passed away on Christmas Day last year. How challenging will it be for them this Christmas? How will they cope with the grief and the memories? What are ways that we can ease their holiday sorrows? Scores of elderly people are often lonely. It’s enhanced during this time of year. There are folks in nursing homes that rarely, if ever, get visitors. Gratitude extends to people who are considerate to include elderly folks in their holiday events. It’s good that nursing homes haveContinue reading »

Sorrow came to visit, and grief sought to consume him – It was challenging to escape the inner turmoil – Remedy? He helped his neighbor – Reaching out to help eased his sorrow Widowed and lonely What did she do? She wallowed awhile then unselfishly, she “kissed” her self-pity goodbye – In she went to soothe neglected elderly folks who welcomed her in earnest – She adds the Lord’s light whenever she visits the assisted living home – Truly, helping others helps her Retired and bored – Bingo and golf aren’t enough to fulfill – Seeking, seeking more to complete his mundane life – Ah ha! He found more to satisfy – How so? He’s now a volunteer for the church bus ministry Yes, giving transpo drives folks and fuels his inner “engine” Yes, indeed, helping others gives plenty joyous gains. Certainly, helping others helps us.

Recently, I read about a 90-year-old registered nurse, Florence Rigney, our nation’s oldest working nurse. She continues on her job of caring for others. A video was posted honoring her and her long term service. Ms. Rigney was crowned, given a bouquet of flowers and had a letter read to her sent, in her honor, from the governor of the state of Washington. Wow! What an inspiration. Also, I read headlines about 103-year-old, Loren Wade, who waters plants at a Kansas Walmart. Stanislaw Kowalski, at 104 years old, ran a 100 meter race! Seniors are such treasures and often don’t receive sufficient love, honor and respect. Salutes and cheers extend to the elderly and how they inspire. Psalm 92:14 – KJV They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

I wonder how many folks realize the enormous toll that occurs in the lives of those who are care tenders for those who can no longer independently care for themselves. Emotionally, it can be draining. Physically, it can be taxing, as well. Yes, typically, people do love those whom they care for but that doesn’t eliminate the issues that affect the care tenders. There are folks who have outside jobs and careers with the added responsibilities of tending to dependent loved ones. Many care tenders have little or no additional help thus they have to do social engagements with their dependent loved ones, laundry, grocery shopping, medical appointments, business duties, cook, clean, monitor, and other assorted tasks. Also, the social lives of care tenders are considerably altered, which can be depressing. Yes, care tending can be grueling indeed. Love is certainly often in motion, but exhaustion on spiritual, mental and physical levels still exists. Whew. My heart goes out to those folks who are in such circumstances. Support groups sureContinue reading »

This week I read two heart stirring reports. The first one was about an elderly, critically ill (cancer) veteran, Clarence Blackmon, who called 911 because he was hungry. He didn’t have any food in his place and wasn’t able to get his frail frame out to obtain any. The 911 dispatcher personally answered his need and others responded, as well. It was a relief to learn that now Blackmon will have a nurse to visit him twice a week to do checks on his well being. I wonder the percentage of folks who check on their elderly, and infirm family members and neighbors. In our fast paced society, so many folks use the excuse about how busy they are while others are in selfish mode on the regular . . . It saddens me to know of the “busy” folks who neglect their family members. The neglected hear that their loved ones are so busy. People shouldn’t be otherwise engaged to points of failing to show love and quality attentionContinue reading »

Precious senior citizens are certainly assets. They add such richness to families, communities, workplaces and elsewhere. Theirs is a vast wealth of wisdom and knowledge plentifully loaded with benefits. Stories weaved by senior level beauties are genuine gems that attach themselves to the corridors of our hearts. Doses of experience and humor pour from the traveled chambers of the elderly and mature. Captive audiences lean in to breathe in the lessons generously deposited into our eager ears. Wow, the history that they weave and spin throughout the atmosphere. Triumphs and tragedies — dips and rises — so interesting — we’re captivated. Oh, we so value the contributions of seniors. Golden touches from them teach, encourage, discipline and remind that hope is indeed a certain reality. They bring to “tables” the gainful attributes of maturity, awareness and patience. Truly, our planet is better because of the placement of seniors. Quality living is here for us to observe and to use as positive examples. I cannot imagine thriving without the presence ofContinue reading »