This post is sponsored by Ready to Care.
Hi, friends! Today I’m back sharing more about the Ready to Care initiative and how we can all help our aging seniors. Aging adults are definitely on my radar since my parents are both still alive and well, as are Mark’s parents. We watch them get older, but it’s not always an easy process. They are all still living on their own, but we are there to assist them when needed.
Treating our elderly parents and relatives well is something that we should all be doing. Mom and dad have cared for all of us their entire lives and now it’s time for us to give back to them. Doing acts of kindness for the seniors in our lives should be something we all strive to do. Celebrating birthdays is one of those milestones that we look forward to with our parents. Each and every birthday is meant to be celebrated and not taken for granted, so we do make a big deal about birthdays.
Summer is flying on by and we just celebrated my Dad’s 92nd birthday.
Lauren and the girls were home for the weekend, so that worked out great. We love having them home and being a part of family celebrations. It’s not the same without them!
Parker and Iris really do adore their grand parents and it’s definitely mutual. Celebrating four generations is something to be proud of.
Mark and I hosted my family at our house for a celebration birthday dinner for dad and we all enjoyed being together. The weather didn’t cooperate so we ate inside, since it was rainy and wet outside.
We ordered in BBQ for everyone to enjoy and the older adults sat at the table, along with Lauren keeping them company. That’s Bruce’s mom on the left, she’s a year younger than mom and she just turned 90 this year. We enjoyed homemade ice cream with peaches for dessert.
Dad enjoyed being with the family and we were glad to have them over.
Dad opened his birthday cards and we really wanted him to feel special. I’m not sure he wants a big deal made about his birthday, but turning 92 is a big deal so we make sure he knows we are glad to have him.
On Father’s Day, Dad got a few presents that are tailor made for a senior adult. A new cane and his probiotics were presents of the day. This is what you get a older adult when you don’t know what to buy someone who has everything they need. At this age, it’s practical gifts!
Making dad feel special makes us feel like we are caring for them and helping them feel like they are still a big part of our family, which they are. Ready to Care helps inspire people to carry out weekly acts of kindness for seniors.
How can we all do special acts of kindness for the aging adults in our world?
There are several ways to help and Ready to Care assists us all in doing that. I’m happy to get the word out for them in caring for the seniors in our lives and those around us who we may not know.
How Does Ready to Care Work?
- Ready to Care challenges people to complete Care Missions, which guide members through various ways to give to causes that help seniors, learn about the aging crisis and issues impacting the elderly, and serve seniors through small actions or volunteering.
- Most Care Missions are simple acts of kindness, such as opening a door, learning about Alzheimer’s, or helping with a chore.
- Each week, a new Care Mission is delivered right to participants’ phones via text message.
While anyone can benefit from a kind gesture, older adults are at greater risk of experiencing things like limited mobility, chronic conditions, or feeling isolated. Those are the number one challenges that seniors face. Getting proper nutrition is important. Feeling lonely, especially women who are living alone more than men are. Outside of nursing homes, nearly 1/3 of elderly folk live alone. Most seniors who are living in their homes want to stay there and age in place. We would all wish for that too.
Ready to Care encourages people of all ages to reach out to seniors, even if you are an older adult yourself! I hope you’ll all check out the website and see what we can all do to help seniors in our area. Together, through awareness and action, we can make a difference in the lives of senior adults!