How to Reach Out and Help Seniors in Your Community
Guest post by Ed Carter from Able Futures
Most of us hope to rely on family when we need support in our senior years. But these support systems can be hard to come by for many seniors, especially those who live far away from loved ones, have become estranged from their family, or have lost a spouse. Thankfully, there’s a lot our church families can do to improve the lives of local seniors navigating the challenges of aging. Below, Central Presbyterian Church shares some tips and resources to help you make a difference.
Offer Assistance with Daily Challenges
Seniors have to navigate many daily obstacles. Try to help a local senior evaluate their care options so they can get assistance where and when they need it most.
Help seniors find assisted living or retirement communities in your area.
You can also help seniors calculate their home sale proceeds if they’re planning on moving into assisted living.
Set up housekeeping or in-home care assistance for seniors who need a hand at home.
Engage Local Seniors in Your Church
Visiting church offers many physical, mental, and social benefits for seniors. Help the seniors in your community attend worship and engage in church activities.
Organize transportation options for seniors who can no longer drive.
Point seniors towards online devotionals and virtual worship services.
Invite seniors to get involved in various church activities and volunteer roles.
Work with your church to make accessibility modifications to accommodate those with disabilities.
Connect Seniors with Helpful Organizations
Do some digging to find senior organizations—both local and national—that may be able to provide support for the seniors in your community.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help low-income seniors and people with disabilities afford healthy foods.
The Area Agency on Aging is a great resource for information, guidance, and local aging care service.
Contact your local parks and recreation department for programs designed specifically for older adults, including exercise programs and educational events.
Navigating one’s senior years alone can be a challenge. If you know a senior who doesn’t have family around to offer support, reach out and lend a hand! Your help can make a significant difference in the life of a senior who is on their own.
Are you looking for more ways to get involved in your community? Volunteers are always needed at Central Presbyterian Church! Fill out the contact form on our website so we can get in touch.