Be Kind to a Senior

World Mental Health Day is this week, a perfect time to reflect on how this issue impacts older adults. This week, go out of your way to be kind.

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You may have heard the popular quote, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” It is estimated that 20% of people age 55 years or older experience some type of mental health concern, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Depression is the most common mental health problem in older adults, and it can complicate the treatment of other chronic conditions. Adults age 65 or older were more likely than adults age 50–64 to report that they “rarely” or “never” received the social and emotional support they needed, according to the CDC study.

This week, go out of your way to be kind, because you never know who may be struggling. These tips can help you reach out and be kind to someone who may need extra support.

  1. Call a senior who is living alone
  2. Bring flowers or food to a neighbor
  3. Take an older adult to lunch or shopping
  4. Visit an older adult

If you think a loved one needs help, you can call the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) National Helpline in the U.S. at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889. This is a confidential, free, information service for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

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Janice Barclay
4 Kind Acts Completed

I’ve loved older people all my life. They’re so nice.

Janice Barclay
4 Kind Acts Completed

I enjoyed this mission so much, I’m going to continue.

2 Kind Acts Completed

I shared a loaf of cheese bread with my 83 year old mother.

Nancy Cooksey
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Going to meet my “older” senior friend this afternoon at DQ for our favorite treat and a visit! We lean on one another a lot! ♥️

1 Kind Act Completed

I love to color so one time I colored a flower ? picture for a Senior friend and framed it and gave it to them for a gift

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I call each one of my Senior friends once a week and I get together with each one of them at least twice a month to make sure they know how much I love them!

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Kindness can also be simple courtesies like letting an older person ahead of you in the grocery line or ask (and then help if allowed) to put their groceries on the line. Or if you can get something off the shelf but remember to ask first it gives them the dignity to refuse if they prefer to do it. And if they do need the help it still gives them dignity.

9 Kind Acts Completed

Took my lady friend for a shopping trip and she had a blast and that made me happy ?

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I just spent a month and a half visiting my 87 year old Mom out of state everyday at her skilled nursing care facility. I met and helped a lot of seniors or others recovering while I was there. Learned their names and helped them when they needed it, as some of the CNAs seemed to care more than others. It was a win-win situation for me and them too.

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I took a. Kirby out to lunch as a complete surprise. We had a great time!

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I agreed to “adopt” an 11 year old dog from a lady who has to move and can’t take the dog with her. I promised to treat her dog exactly as she would and love her unconditionally. I hugged her as she cried and told her I would send text messages and pictures every month. She told me she felt really good about me and this will make it a little easier to say goodbye.

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Took two meals to widow

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I usually spend 3-4 hrs every couple of weeks at my local VA hospital. There were countless senior veterans who served in Korea & Vietnam, even a couple who saw action in WWII – “the greatest generation” – all with incredible stories to tell. While it’s always an enjoyable experience spending time with other veterans, I often find myself saddened for a few days afterwards. Its not unusual to meet men & women who are divorced or homeless, many suffering with PTSD, and the VA is all they have. We owe these folks so much… It’s just hard to see!

8 Kind Acts Completed

What sweet and thankful people!

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What sweet and thankful people I delivered to!

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Today at Walmart, I saw a senior using one of their motorized carts. She was trying to pick out some fall decor that was in a wire bin. I helped her get what she was wanting, and we had a real nice 5 or 6 minute conversation. She lifted my spirits and I think she appreciated the help

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Helped a senior at the grocery store find the items he needed but had no idea where to look. He smiled when we were done.

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Had lunch with seniors and shared stories! Blended benefits for us all!

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Visited my 87 year old mom, who
is in a nursing home. I bought her ice cream which is her favorite dessert. It made her happy and made me smile! ?