I learned a long time ago, when any family member had to go to hospital for anything, to make a goody bag for the nurses. So having my dad in the hospital last week, I went and got some healthy snacks and some unhealthy snacks for both the night shift and day shift.  read more →

My son’s 19-year-old girlfriend Tahlia was expected but rang to say she was delayed. read more →

My day started out great, everything planned in advance – but it quickly went downhill.

I dropped off two dogs to get spayed at 7:30, I planned to go to college to drop off my daughter’s paperwork, sign my lease agreement on new home, get my new license plate for my truck, go into the office for a couple of hours, and pick up my dogs at 3:00 pm. Everything went well until about 9:00. read more →

Smile Magnet.
There is so much in the news about the bad kids and not enough about the good kids.

I want to tell you what happened to my grandsons due to their kindness to elderly people.

During “Children’s Moment” at church on Sunday, our Children’s Minister told the kids that when he was in the grocery store one day, he saw an elderly woman standing alone. She was waiting for the sales clerk to notice her. The minister walked up to her and said, “Hello, I hope you have a nice day.” Then the lady ran after him and said, “Young man! Thank you for speaking to me. No one ever speaks to me. I am old and people just don’t notice me.” read more →

Jacob Cramer is a compassionate teen who has always been inspired to help others. Concerned about the loneliness of many aging people, he recruited his eighth-grade classmates at Ballard Brady Middle School to write personal letters which he delivered to the elderly.

After an enthusiastic response, he started an organization in 2013 called Love for the Elderly, a card and letter collection service where people are able to send notes of love to someone who needs to know they are not forgotten and that people care. read more →

Enjoy the company of elderly people.
Meals on Wheels is an organization run here in Australia by administrators and volunteers. Volunteers cook the food and deliver it and I am one of the volunteers who deliver the food, either by using my car or taking the meal inside to the people.

It is like stepping back in time, when you go inside their homes. It is as if the world wide web and society is passing right on by, outside their door. One particular incident has stuck with me ever since I started. read more →

Possessions.
My friend is in a nursing home I visit and I talk lots of the residents. There used one lady named Mary. She loved dolls and would go to yard sales to get her a doll.

Well every one wanted a doll after that, even a man wanted a bear. I got dolls and teddy bears and since then, every time I go with. Sometimes I have taken crosses I made and they loved them. I would say, take one and they would take two but I couldn’t tell them no. I don’t want any credit for this, I love doing it and it is more of a blessing for me than some in there. They never have anyone to come see them. – Barbara

The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coiffed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.” read more →

At the supermarket there was an elderly lady trying to reach an item from up high so I offered to get it for her. She explained she just wanted to read the ingredients, her husband has cancer and he is on a new diet to help him kick it she told me. We got into a discussion about food and health and cancer. It only took about 5 mins but I could tell she really appreciated the little chat, we even swapped some recipes.

I will be on the lookout for her next time I am at the supermarket – Amanda 🙂

My Mom is in a nursing home for rehabilitation. The nurse told me that residents go to the beauty shop and no body comes to see how beautiful they are. If one can volunteer in a nursing home or hospice, or an elderly homebound adult and tell them they are loved and never give up on hope. One fall, one accident, or an illness can change your life forever. Find an organization or a nursing home and volunteer to do an art project, read to an elderly person or a person with a disease, and give lots of love. I try to visit my Mom several times a week and give lots of support to my dad and my family. Love Janet 🙂

About a month ago I was waiting for a bus that was taking quite a while. The place where I was waiting is a terminal for many buses and also a train that facilitates the access to the buses.

As I was waiting I saw a car pull up far from the train entrance. What I saw was not at all nice. read more →

It’s been raining here in Brisbane for a couple of days, and on my way home from the shops I saw an elderly woman walking with an umbrella. I quickly did a u-turn and drove along asking if she had far to go and if she would like a lift. Her smile was broad as she chuckled and said she was just out for some fresh air and was only one house away from home 🙂 she thanked me and told me I was very kind.

I didn’t get to do an act of kindness but it still felt good to try! 🙂 – Amanda 🙂