As people get older, some may start to feel like they are no longer needed in the lives of those around them. The elderly may be more prone to feeling this way, especially if they live away from their families. There are simple ways that you can help elderly people feel needed and acknowledged on a day to day basis.
Some elderly people may feel that no one wants to listen to them because of their age, but there are so many positive things that can be learned from someone that has lived a long and full life. One way to make elderly people feel needed is to have a simple conversation with them and really listen to what they say about what their life has been like. This can be an easy way to let them know that their life is interesting to you and that everything that they’ve been through is important and means something.
Another way to make elderly people feel needed is to ask them for recipes and cooking advice. Recipes and cooking techniques change over time and in some cases, the dishes from years ago taste even better then they do today. Consider asking an elderly person to go into the kitchen with you and show you how to make special dishes that they’ve learned to cook over the course of their life. Not only can you help make them feel needed, but you get the opportunity to spend quality time with good company and possibly improve your cooking skills as well.
You may want to consider taking the time to write a special letter letting your elderly loved one know how valuable they are to you. Few people take the opportunity to truly tell someone how significant they are in their life and not many people have the blessing of hearing it. A simple note of gratitude can go a long way in helping to make an elderly person that you love feel needed.
No one should have to feel like they aren’t needed, especially those in our society that should be revered for everything that they’ve been through and accomplished. Elderly people should feel like they are important in this world and an integral part in the lives of those around them. Taking the time to help make elderly people feel needed could make a big difference not only in their life but in yours as well.