As people get older, some may start to feel like they are no longer needed in the lives of those around them. There are simple ways in which you can help elderly people feel needed and acknowledged. One way is to have a simple conversation with them and really listen to them as there are so many positive things that can be learned from someone who has lived a long and full life. Let them know that their life is interesting to you and that everything that they have been through is important and means something.
If you have an elderly neighbour or relative who is lonely, make it a point to visit him or at least call him over the phone. It might just brighten up his day.
Sometimes older people do not like asking others to take them places or do chores for them. It becomes quite hard for an elderly person who was once independent to have to rely on other people. You can do them a great favour by offering your help and services in doing their chores or taking them places.
If a person has trouble with daily activities like cooking, may be once in a while you can make a little extra food and take it to him.
You may also take them for shopping and to the doctor.
Volunteer at a nursing home or old age home and give a few hours of your time to those lonely patients who would be happy to have a visitor. It is a very rewarding experience.
Take out some time to write to your elderly loved ones a special letter letting them know how valuable they are to you. Elderly people should be offered a seat in trains and buses to make their journey comfortable. With age, sometimes people lose their logic and reasoning. Be patient with them and deal with them politely and sincerely.
Elderly people should be made to feel important in this world and an integral part in the lives of those around them. Taking the time out to help make elderly people feel needed could make a big difference not only in their life but in yours as well.