Show a Senior you are Ready to Care #ImReadyToCare

My parents recently came for a ten day visit. I had not seen them in over a year and with each visit I realize they are getting older and older. Our visits are less frequent now that we live on opposite sides of the country. I wish I could see them more but they have their friends and lives as do we. I say they, but to be honest my mom is the social one and my dad is home alone more often. My mom works and makes an effort to go out to bingo and to play cards. My dad is very different though. Talking to him during his visit made me realize how much he craves conversation. He would share stories of his youth with me and the kids over and over. He would ask questions about current events and chat our ears off for hours. At almost seventy, he is the youngest of nine and his siblings have started passing away. Most of his friends have passed as well. I realized that even though my parents are together, my dad is pretty lonely.  I am going to call him more often and check in with him more as I know he enjoys it.

In my mind my dad is the same person he was twenty even thirty years ago. But I know he is not. He has had some health issues and has experienced loss. He is not one to show emotion or to tell anyone if he needs something either. As his daughter I am going to make more of an effort to be available to him, even if only by the phone.

My parents live rural and in a seasonal community. So in the summer months there are more people around but in the winter months my dad really only talks to my mom. Even in the warmer weather, he only socializes if he goes outside and someone is walking by. It is hard for me seeing my parents age and go through this stage. It is even harder seeing it while I live so far away.

Recently I learned about Ready to Care, a free initiative established in 2018 by Home Instead, Inc. The Ready to Care movement is designed to inspire more people to become community caregivers by providing inspiration via weekly text messages that offer care tips and missions. Sometimes we just need a reminder to reach out to those people who could use some love and attention. If people around my parents did just a few of the daily missions I know it would make a difference in my parent’s lives.

I too live in a small rural community but across the country. The demographics here are young families and seniors. Many of the seniors are over 80 years old. I have noticed how much they enjoy their routines and will stick to them no matter what the weather. Many will walk around town stopping in the coffee shop, then the town store and post office. Along their travels they will see others in the  community and have a chat, share a story and a smile. I enjoy talking to them and hearing their stories. I love when they ask my youngest about her day and show an interest in what she is doing. We are fortunate here to have a senior center where people can go and socialize, play games, bake and meet new friends. However I know many who do not go to this facility. Sometimes it is fear, sometimes mobility issues, sometimes it is something else.

For these reasons I was happy to learn about Ready to Care. They target common aging issues, like nutrition, isolation, dementia, mobility, health and safety while creating an online community via comments and social media for individuals to share their experiences. Seniors are lonely and need your help! Join Ready to Care to learn how you can help them.

How it works

Simple but caring actions, like going out of your way to say hello, can make a big difference in a senior’s life. Join our tribe of caring people who are getting weekly inspiration from each other and helping seniors in the process.

  • Join! Enter your name and mobile number.
  • Get Inspired. Get weekly senior care missions, tips and inspiration delivered right to your phone.
  • Mission Complete. Complete simple care missions and share inspiration and tips with others.
  • Smile. You are making the world a better place for seniors today and your aging journey tomorrow.

A big part of my anxiety is about growing old alone. I know it seems silly to many as I have four children and hope they will be around. But I am a big believer in what you give comes back. So I am happy to show compassion and reach out to seniors around me. Ready to Care has daily missions with small, simple things you can do to brighten someone’s day. Visit them today to find opportunities to volunteer, donate and learn more about aging issues. Working together, we can help increase the world’s capacity to care for our aging global village.

Facts about the The Aging Crisis

  • The aging population is growing rapidly, while the population of professional and community caregivers is going down.
  • Before 2020, people aged 65 and older are predicted to outnumber children under age 5 for the first time in human history.
  • By 2050, the 65+ population is predicted to be more than double the world’s youngest citizens.
  • Those living beyond age 80 are expected to triple over the next 30 years.

Join the Ready to Care Movement:

  1. Visit Ready to Care to sign up. And be sure to connect with them on Instagram Ready to Care
  2. Enter your information: name, mobile phone, country.
  3. Receive weekly senior care missions, tips, and inspiration delivered right to your phone.
  4. Complete simple care missions, then share inspiration and tips with others.

With just a few small daily actions you can easily change a seniors life and your old. Check it out today and start making a difference!

 

Disclosure-This post is brought to you by Ready to Care and all opinions are my own. 

Comments

  1. Ready to Care sounds like a wonderful program to get involved with. My grandparents raised me and they are now in their mid-seventies. I talk to them every other day on the phone. I know it definitely cheers them up when I call them. Like your parents, they don’t get out often unless it is for appointments or to the store so their social life is mainly with each other. I definitely think Ready to Care would help cheer them up as well. I plan to get involved so I can make a difference in a seniors life. That age demographic is so very precious and we definitely need to check on them and make sure they are doing okay as well as be an encouragement to them.

  2. NormaJane Nowoselski says:

    This was a great post! I can relate to you and your parents as I too live rural and your right. Winters are long and lonely. I usually spend my days reading up with the bloggers I follow & connecting on social media (except FB as I am done with FB)
    I just signed up for Ready to Care. I am so happy to have found this. I look forward to the missions.
    Thank you so much!!

  3. I haven’t heard of Ready to Care before. The Population is aging, we need to take care of our seniors.

  4. This population so easily is overlooked. I have been around young adults who have spoken negatively about the elderly not realizing that they are still social being as well. This was an enlightening post.

  5. Elicit Folio says:

    I love this post! I sent this to my family for us to discuss together this week, and look for opportunities to give back with love!

  6. Bindu Thomas says:

    This sounds like a great event! I have try to call my parents daily. I know they are waiting to hear my call. And I frequently visit them when I get time. I am so happy to have found this. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Both my parents are “getting on” now bless them. My mother recently had a fall and broke both her arms. Just shows you how delicate they are as they grow older. We all chipped in to help obviously but planning days and weekends out around them now is becoming harder as you have to take more things into consideration. They do their best with their grandkids though.

    Well thought out post. Thanks for sharing.

  8. This is so great. I wish they had this around where we are now for people I know. It would be so benificial <3

  9. What a fantastic initiative!!! I love this! Thanks for sharing this info. I’ll share!!

  10. This looks like a great way to get involved! I like how they are looking to inspire people to get involved with seniors, I know I enjoy volunteering at my local senior center. I’m on board!!

  11. This is a great idea! The senior community is so full of amazing stories and wisdom and I love every opportunity I can get to to talk with them about their lives.

  12. Very interesting program. Thanks so much for sharing. Now that my grandparents are both nearing their 90s, this is definitely important to think about.

  13. I learned too much from this post, I haven’t heard of this program before and I think it’s a good idea to use it with my parents who are nearly 70

  14. Like this post so much. We have to give back to them because they did so much for us. I have and always will respect them and I also want to inspire more young people to do that too. I have always try to do my part to help them out on all kind of charities events and gatherings, etc… I wish you guys all the best!

  15. Elicitfolio says:

    This is such a lovely article! I loved how you mentioned going out of your way to say hello, and the sense of community that’s needed

  16. Hannah Marie says:

    This is a great movement and will bring a smile to our senior. It is not easy to grow old alone. I also fear that.

  17. This is a great initiative. You will never regret spending time with aging relatives in my opinion. But you may regret not taking the time to reach out. Seems like this would be helpful because it reminds you sometimes. Good use of technology too. There are so many positive ways we can impact lives by using technology and apps for things that truly impact people and improve quality of life.

  18. We are definitely a rapidly aging population. As a nurse, I know how vitally important it is for everyone, but especially for seniors, to have human contact. Without that connection, people very quickly become isolated and alone.

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