Give Encouragement to a Senior

According to a study from the UK, one in five seniors will have a conversation with no more than three people in a week.
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When we speak words of encouragement, it can make a world of difference in someone’s life. Seniors, more than any other group, suffer daily from isolation and loneliness. Many go days and some even weeks without hearing from another person.

No matter how busy we are, each of us can spare a few words of encouragement to a senior who really needs it.

Not sure what to say?

Try these simple prompts:

“I really admire you because ______”

“The way you handled ___ was really brave.”

“I really like the way you tell stories.”

“It’s always nice talking to you.”

“Your hair looks wonderful today!”

These are simple phrases, but they might just put a smile on a senior’s face that can last for days.

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Allison Drake
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We live in Hagerstown, Maryland longest time many years ago.

Mary
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I live in Michigan for quite a few years. I enjoy it.

Mary
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It is a sunny day here with birds chirping, bunnies hopping around, dogs barking, what a beautiful day!!

Kelly
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Spoke with a lady at the Dollar General store today she was waiting outside for her granddaughter to come back and pick her up. So I stood there talking with her until her granddaughter arrived. 😀

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I have a big garden and I have been sharing my produce with family,church, friends and neighbors. All in the name of LOVE.

Francine Marcotte
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Hi, I know what it is not to speak with a person for a day. I am 61 year’s old. I lost both parents and my daughter is in a foreign country but I could say a few words with a senior. It would be my pleasure. How do I get to them?

Stephanie
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Currently living with my 102 Aunt in New York.

Regina
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Was thinking about you so I am checking to see if you need any thing are you alright take care will check on you again

Pat
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I thank GOD for seeing 👀 another day I thank him for Life I thank you Jesus for going to the Cross an paying our sin debt in full💯 I don’t know how to thank you again an to show you my gratitude
I love you Lord because you first love me I trust an obey you Lord because you Said you will never leave us nor forsake us an I am so happy 😃that you still Care about this wicked👿 an sinful world in the bible it’s says that GOD so loved❤️ the world that he give his only begotten son 👑that who believe it on him shall not parish but have everlasting life John 3:16 GOD is good all the time an all the time GOD is good amen🙏🏽🙏🏽💖🎊🎉

Lili
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Complimented my moms 89 yo neighbor in hours well she gets around and even makes time for doing her hair

Yueh
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Take care of yourself is very impoulrtant

Annett
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Good morning my friends, You are beautiful. Caring, and a change maker… love who you are. 👋😷👍

Dara
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Good morning, my what a beautiful top you are wearing today? “Why thank you young lady”. It goes with your eyes and I love how it makes you look like you are ready for the beach. “I miss the fresh air and feeling the sea air.”
What would you like to talk about today? “May I tell you about my lovely grandchildren?” I would love to hear about your grandchildren ❤️.
“I really need to exercise my legs today but I don’t go to the duck pond here, because I don’t like being alone.”
May I join you for a walk around the duck pond? I would like to share a walk with you today.

Roma
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I have my sister’s ( who is in heaven) mother-in law who was schedule for surgery and is on Rehab floor in a nursing home . Well since the covid-19 virus came she is there still waiting surgery . It has been one year soon . I call her every week to encourage her !

Kathryn
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I told a friend how nice her haircut and then her hair color looked. I then helped her sister figure out a way to help her puppy feel better.

America
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Serving at the Vernon Multi-purpose Center Underground Railroad Museum in Kansas City, Kansas has been such an honor. Seeing the retired community connect with others through meals, hands on activities, cool TV shows, and through exercise is a blessing. Equally important, I love leading service learning projects at the Vernon Multi-purpose Center Underground Railroad Museum. The indoor mural service learning project is a troll to lead. It can’t wait to see how the mural will grow and evolve as diverse learners come to the museum to serve and learn about the history of Quindaro. May prayer is that all retired citizens will be treated with the upmost respect and care. Please know that you are honored and respected even though you are retired, the community and youth are behind you in service and love. May you latter days be better than your former. Sending you peace and hope from Kansas City, Kansas. Written graciously, America B. Patton

Julie
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I always go over to check on a lot of my senior friends and give them a call at least once or twice a month! We will chit chat about whatever is going on in each other’s lives and just catch up! I also will say how great they are sounding when I talk to them and that they seem to be doing well, which makes them smile through the phone… I know that just by remembering to call them to check on them let’s them know that they are always on my mind and that they are special to me! I love all of my senior friends so very much! ❤️🙏😘

Naomi
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I work at a assisted living facility, there’s about a little over 200 residents, at the start of my shift I enjoy knocking on random residents doors pop my head in and say Hello 👋 how’s your day going, if there’s anything I could do for you please don’t hesitate in giving me a ring. I’m here to help.

Erika
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My brother niece and I visit with our Aunty Shirley at her nursing home thru her window on the phone every weekend.

Charity
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I told a senior how smart and good looking she is and she was so excited and said I made her day. She also said that means a lot to her. I was glad for the opportunity to impact her positively by just talking to her.

Christy
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I have done several things for my elderly neighbors despite being immunocompromised. I wish there was a way we could directly contact seniors that are lonely. Both of my grandparents pretty much died by the time I was born and I find our elderly population in the US should be better respected and taken care of, I also see them as walking history books, I know that sounds weird.

Denise
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I have come to the realization that we need to treat others the way we want to be treated. You reap what you sow.

Kari
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Wow! I am so impressed with
How you were in PT today. I know how tired you were.

Gayle
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I start each morning by sending By text a cute Animal calendar page picture to at least 20 people. I always add a personal note Like enjoy the day or stay cool. I always get a response. I asked first if it was ok and everyone was happy to receive them. Has worked really well.

Terri
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I saw a senior neighbor walking by and waited until she came by to go into my house. I approached her and started a conversation with her. As we finished I told her that I always enjoy speaking with her! We both went on our way with smiles on our faces!

Atinuke
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I enjoyed the game we played yesterday .You’re very beautiful today

Marilyn
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I’m going to make it a point to contact a couple of Seniors each day to let them know I’m thinking about them and praying for them. I often speak with at least 2 every week.

Monica
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I’d love to chat with Seniors.
Hear their stories,try to have a good time with them.
Please,how can I do that?
Thank you very much.
Monica

ANGELA. WARREN. Abdullah
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Ready. to. Start

ANGELA. WARREN. Abdullah
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Ready. to. Start. Can someone. call. Me

ANGELA. WARREN. Abdullah
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Want. to. Get. Started

Kelly
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I walk, run or bike a local trail. I see many seniors there on a regular basis. I always say good morning as I past. I always get a Good morning in return as well as a smile back.
I live in a 45+ community so see several seniors regularly, and alway have a few pleasant words with each one of them.

Melba
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I am a 68 year old senior, and I live in a senior complex. I speak to other people who are older than I am and some of us encourage each other daily, so, you are correct, these things really do help.

Melba
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I am a 68 year old senior, and I live in a senior complex. I speak to other people who are older than I am and some of us encourage each other daily, so, you are correct, these things really do help. There are people here who stay in there apartment and rarely ever come out. I either knock at their door, or ask others about them. I call it a wellbeing check. Melba

Sandra
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I went to the dump today and I told 2 Senior gentlemen hello,and they said hello back, smiled and told me to have a blessed day. I told them to have a blessed day too.

Janet
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I just want to tell all you seniors out there to hang there. Praying for you to stay well. We need a good old revival. Grab your trumpets, trombones, drums and tambourines. Shout from the roof tops and bang the drums. We need to stir people up the good way.
Love and blessings to all.
Janet R R

Darlene
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I helped a senior with groceries last week, said hello to a number of people, and when I say folks how they were, I listened sincerely to their response. Hope it helped

Rebecca
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Hi my name is rebecca and I am a young 57 yrs old. I am currently a caregiver for autistic children. I love what I do but I work very long hours and our job is sometimes unappreciated. I would love to talk more and learn your history as well. Thank you for letting me share my experience. God bless.

Rebecca
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I love being a senior and would not change a thing. You know as seniors we get many benefits…discounts, we get yes ma’am, yes sir, certainly a nice appreciation for our retired military etc. Hope your doing well.

Rebecca
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I always ask someone older than myself when I see someone struggling if I can help them out. Sometimes I get a response and sometimes l dont. But the ones that do respond certainly appreciate the help. I just hope when I need it someone will be there for me.

JENNY
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I live in Ottawa Ontario, Canada for 14years now!
We have lots of snow during winter!

Juliet
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I check in and Shop for seniors that can’t get out and don’t know how to instant cart. I always make sure I make them laugh or pump then up that everything is going to be better but it has to start with the way they see things. Positively is contagious. Happiness is to. Laughter is the catchiest big around.

Michele
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I send little love notes to the seniors in my family to remind them that they are thought of, loved and that life is still beautiful 🙂

Elisa
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Our aging veterans get active rehab everyday. I have 1 veteran that is a new injury due to a freak accident at home. He’s depressed and refuses rehab. I encourage him to participate in his care. If words of encouragement doesn’t work, I beg. When all else fails, I am not too proud to resort to bribery. Last week was the first week he participated in rehab on his own.