Prior to working in Assisted Living, I was of the mindset that most people in their golden years just sit around crocheting and rocking in chairs. While both of these activities are wonderful in their own right…I have come to find that this is not even close to the way that senior citizens pass the time. Quite the contrary, I have found that many members of our communities have yet to slow down. Their vigor and zest for life is inspiring to those around them.
Take for example one of our precious ladies that currently moved to our property from Florida. She has the sweetest smile and loves to sew. But she’s not just your typical lady that can thread a needle a run a stitch or two. No, this philanthropy driven woman makes blankets practically every day for the organization Project Linus. The organization’s mission is to “provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer blanketeers.” Such an amazing inspiration to see individuals using their talents for the greater good and not letting age be a barrier or an excuse.
This giving attitude is what set the tone for our communities as we decided how we wanted to celebrate National Assisted Living Week 2016. So many churches, clubs and individuals donate their time and energies to our residents throughout the year. So when asked what they wanted to do for National Assisted Living Week…many residents stated that they wanted to give back! So as you peruse our Facebook pages, checkout our residents reading to local school children or having lunches with our First Responders. Let their dynamic attitudes and giving spirits be an encouragement and inspiration for us all.
Check out www.projectlinus.org