Things to Do to Help Senior Citizen Neighbors

Introduction:Seniors may still live independently at home but may appreciate some help doing duties around the house that once were much easier when the elder was younger in age. Assistance is especially appreciated when weather is extremely warm or snow and ice make actions outdoors dangerous.

  • 01

    Shovel Snow & Remove Ice

    When you take care of your drive and walkway, spend some extra time and clear away snow and ice from a senior neighbor's drive and walk.

  • 02

    Pick Up Groceries & Carry In Bags

    Drop by your senior neighbor and offer to pick up some key food items, such as milk or bread, or collect a list and cash to do the weekly shopping during extreme weather.

  • 03

    Pick Up & Drop Off Library Books

    Reading provides a window to the world for many senior citizens but picking up books may pose a problem, especially for seniors unable to carry heavy weight. Offer to take the neighbor with you to the library or arrange a check-out system where you can pick up books to deliver to a neighbor shut-in or senior having difficulties getting out.

  • 04

    Pick Up Drugs & Prescriptions

    While transportation to the doctor or clinic may be provided by area senior care, picking up prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs may not be a free or easy local trip. Pick up your neighbor or collect a specific list of drugs you can collect for a senior near you.

  • 05

    Help Out With Pet Care

    Pets offer senior citizens a comfort and a home companion, but they also demand care that may be more than the weekly commitment for some elderly owners. Offer to take a neighbor's dog for a walk once or twice a week to help out on pet exercise. Consider picking up hefty pet food bags at the grocery or assisting your neighbor in getting the bags from the car into the house.




Final Thoughts

Volunteering to help others is also a good way to model behavior you hope your children will learn in life.




Comments

  • IzzyDuncan 12/18/2010 Flag This Comment

    Thanks so much!

  • ListMaker 12/18/2010 Flag This Comment

    Ok, Izzy; I link you into my blog as an article of interest! Hope it drives a bit of traffic your way: http://gertiesgalavants.blogspot.com/

  • bossypants 12/17/2010 Flag This Comment

    What a thoughtfully written and generous list! Well deserved spot on the front page!

  • IzzyDuncan 12/17/2010 Flag This Comment

    Thanks so much! I appreciate the comments and your spreading the word.

  • ListMaker 12/17/2010 Flag This Comment

    I am SO glad to see this list of helpful ideas for our senior citizen friends on the front page. THIS so deserves the credit. I'm going to link you over to my blog about my elderly mom (probably get to that tomorrow). Great work!

  • LWCox 12/17/2010 Flag This Comment

    Great ideas to help out. We all need to learn to be more neighborly with families often living so far apart.

  • JoyceTeresaMann 12/16/2010 Flag This Comment

    So important to help those in need -- especially our elders. Thank you.

  • Vallain 12/16/2010 Flag This Comment

    Taking time to chat with them is important too if they aren't getting out much. Wonderful topic!

  • goodselfme 12/16/2010 Flag This Comment

    Thank you for this thoughtful and helpful list to assist seniors. Congratulatuons on front page spot.

  • caper 12/16/2010 Flag This Comment

    Very good suggestions--we live next to an elderly person and love to help out!!

  • BigD 12/16/2010 Flag This Comment

    Excellent suggestions! Sometimes things get so busy you forget how easy it is to help your neighbors.

  • penelope7 12/16/2010 Flag This Comment

    I grew up in a day and time when people were nice like that and didn't ask for anything in return. I am sure many communities still have these wonderful and thoughtful values. But some just don't. Thanks for the refreshing article on the subject!

  • BonnieDossKnight 12/16/2010 Flag This Comment

    Ditto what Nancy said, I'm available and willing to accept help as a senior and Fibromyalgia sufferer. Seriously, you've put together a caring list of how to help senior citizen neighbors.

  • jseven 12/16/2010 Flag This Comment

    If only more people had this giving heart towards our seniors, what a better world it would be! Great list and congrats!

  • tracysmith159 12/16/2010 Flag This Comment

    What wonderful ways to help seniors or even people with disabilities. It amazing how many little things can become hard to do from age or health. A little bit of help can mean a lot. Like my friend who stopped to finally double knot my shoe today so it wouldn't come untied again. My hands just didn't want to work for me.

  • ListingToTheLeft 12/16/2010 Flag This Comment

    Great list of ways to be helpful.

  • ChristinaFernando 12/16/2010 Flag This Comment

    These are really wonderful things to do for seniors. Thanks for writing this!

  • NancyHardin 12/15/2010 Flag This Comment

    I especially appreciate this list, since I am one of those senior citizens...thank you so much.

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