Everyone wants to feel valuable at any age!
Dick and Charline Watts have the simple answer for anyone who wants to feel valuable at any age. They say everyone needs to use their individual talents to give back to this amazing world. Dick and Charline have spent their lives selflessly giving and are both humbly determined to never stop as long as they are breathing.
Dick says, “We never outgrow the need or capacity to be useful.”
Sadly, some elderly people don’t agree. In fact, one older woman who is losing her vision recently told me she wasn’t sure if she still had much “value.” It was a shock to me because I look forward to her weekly presence in one of the senior fitness classes that I teach. She has a bright smile, contagious cheerful attitude, and is truly loved and appreciated by many.
What is YOUR reason for getting out of bed in the morning?
Dick says, “At our age, you need a reason to get up in the morning.”
Some older adults say that a good cup of coffee is all they need for a reason to get out of bed, while others are struggling with their long existence and wondering why they woke up one more time.
Certainly everyone needs a reason to feel important and to get out of bed knowing they have meaningful things to do. Everyone does better knowing there are events on the calendar to look forward to!
Dick and Charline know of a group of older people who volunteer to write letters. There are buddy programs, too, where younger and older volunteers make phone calls to homebound older adults and become their phone pals.
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This post has been updated from September 7, 2018