May 023 Ways to Learn from Seniors in Your Community
This month, we celebrate Older Americans Month. The knowledge and wisdom that seniors offer future generations must be cherished. May is just one month, but what you learn from this special time can carry on throughout your life. The research is there, Mercy Housing sees it every day, and chances are you’ve experienced it first hand—doing something good for others improves everyone’s lives.
Connecting with seniors in your community is easier than you may think. Mercy Housing senior properties and many other communities throughout the country have opportunities to volunteer, learn, and simply hang out. Shared space is just one way that we try to facilitate that interaction naturally. At some senior communities, Mercy Housing has coffee shops and retail space in the same building where seniors can meet members of the neighborhood and connect.
Become friends with a senior in your neighborhood. Personal enrichment, education, and improved health can happen at any age, and keeping communities multi-generational is vital for that to take place. It’s important for seniors to have a stable, affordable home with access to healthcare, transportation, and a neighborhood that embraces them.
You’d be surprised how many activities you do every day that you could teach or share with a senior. Yes, even yoga! We have yoga for seniors classes amongst many others. Teaching a class or activity gives you a chance to meet seniors, but it also provides valuable time for seniors to meet other seniors as well.
Mercy Housing has many senior properties and currently partners with a variety of inspiring organizations that are connecting, creating, and contributing with seniors. To learn more or ask questions, reach out to our volunteer coordinators to explore opportunities for you to grow with seniors, in your community!
- LeadingAge is a great resource for all things related to seniors—we’ll all be there someday, so why not give back, contribute, and appreciate seniors now.
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