One of my favorite couples in this world, Dick and Charline Watts, told me that everyone needs to use their individual talents to give back to this beautiful and 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.
My interview with Dick and Charline made me ponder what my own contributions to this world might still be. And… what value will I have to offer if I am fortunate enough to live to be 80, 90, or 100?
Dick told me, “We never outgrow the need or capacity to be useful.”
This is one of my favorite quotes now, and I’ve used it in several online articles written for home assistance companies in my freelance work.
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.
But, is feeling loved enough for some people to feel valuable?
Dick also said, “At our age, you need a reason to get up in the morning.”
Truthfully, I’ve interviewed some seniors who’ve told me 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.
Dick and Charline know of a group of older people who volunteer to write letters. I’ve also heard about buddy programs, where younger and older volunteers make phone calls to homebound seniors and become their phone pals.
Can you help with some ideas?
Can you think of a way to help older adults feel more valued or useful?
Please watch this inspiring interview with Dick and Charline and leave a comment below: