For someone who wants to be involved in serving their community, helping the elderly is a great place to start. Whether you just want to help others or you need to find a community service project for a church group or school project, there are plenty of opportunities to help end senior isolation, hunger, or depression by providing services such as grocery delivery, yard work, starting a handiwork club, teaching computer skills, or simply making a friend. Connect with a like-minded organization that specializes in matching volunteers with particular types of service opportunities, or lead your own initiative with family or friends. Whatever your age, you can make a difference in the lives of others.
Chores like washing the car can be a lot for an elderly person to handle, but they’ll certainly feel happy to have a sparkling-clean car again.
Offer to mow the lawn or take care of yard work such as raking, weeding, watering, clearing gutters, or shoveling during winter months.
Shopping can be a hassle even with plenty of energy and agility. One way to be a big help to a senior is to offer to bring their groceries right to their door.
If you’re tech-savvy, share your skills with an elderly friend to help them connect with others online.
Join or begin an intergenerational book club in your community and you can all get fresh perspectives on well-loved classics.
Help out with window-washing, dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping floors, or laundry: These are all things that can be overwhelming to take care of alone for the elderly.
Become a volunteer driver and help those who can’t drive anymore run their errands.
Travel down memory lane with an elderly friend or family member by sorting their old photos and listening to the stories each snapshot holds.
Take time out of your day to deliver hot meals and help end senior hunger and isolation in your community.
Sign up for a reading program at your local nursing home and use your voice to make literature come alive for those with poor eyesight.
Build a long-term friendship with an elderly person in your community by adopting them as a grandparent.
Don’t have time to visit a nursing home regularly but still want to help the elderly? Become a pen pal.
Spend time recording and transcribing the stories of the previous generation and showing that each one is valuable and worth preserving.
Get in touch with your crafty side and sew these nifty walker caddies for an elderly friend!
Sometimes, when you look good, you feel good. Offer a manicure or pedicure to an elderly person you know, or treat them to a salon trip.
If you’re musically talented, ask to perform at a local nursing home and share your talents.
Memory, music, and mood are inextricably intertwined for many people. Give seniors access to the music they love through their own MP3 player.
Eager to hone your knitting skills and teach or learn new stitches? Start up a knitting club at a local nursing home.
Offer to lead art projects at your local nursing home and you’ll also enjoy expressing yourselves with paint or pencils.
Enjoy spending time in the kitchen together with local seniors.
Birdhouses can bring a bright splash of color to any window along with a sense of accomplishment when they are personally built and decorated.
Invite a senior friend to a museum with you and they’ll be able to take in the exhibits and get a little bit of exercise as they explore.
Create new memories while preserving old ones when you work with a senior to make a memory quilt.
Love to sing? Find an elderly friend who does, too, andstart an informal singing group.
Get a group of senior citizens together who are interested in learning and teaching crochet techniques and make baby blankets for donation.
Help a Senior to Garden
Brighten up a room with a living floral arrangement, herbs, or a vegetable assortment in a pot for an elderly person who enjoys gardening.