Seniors are the largest growing segment of society and one of the most valued; however, some Seniors Homes can be a sad and lonely experience for many as they enter this phase of their lives. Paul would like to explore ways to improve the overall quality of life for our Seniors by creating avenues for them to connect outside of their Residences.
Perhaps local schools could create programs where students can visit Seniors Homes that allows them to accumulate volunteer hours in return. Many seniors have wonderful stories to tell and just need a warm friendly voice to share them with – the connection could be a win-win, as students learn about life that happened in a different era!
Another way to improve the lives of our Seniors might be to expand the use of therapy dogs and cats. Perhaps funding could be set aside for local shelters that provides adequate training to allow a program like this to move forward.
Maybe more research is needed to see how these programs could be instituted, but we should all be focussed on making the final chapter of our Seniors’ lives as pleasant as possible.