Senior Citizens

  • Be a Friend.  Be kind to elderly people, sometimes called senior citizens.
  • Shovel Snow.  Some things are hard for elderly people to do, such as shoveling snow, raking leaves, mowing lawns, and even vacuuming.  With your parents’ permission, call some of the elderly people you know (grandparents or neighbors), and ask if there is anything you can do to help them.  
  • Be helpful.  Offer to help an elderly person run errands, or run errands for them.

  • Nursing Homes.  Visit a local nursing home or assisted living home.  Be sure to call them in advance to make arrangements for how your family can help the elderly people who live there.  Have lunch with or read a book to a senior.  If you have a well-behaved pet, ask if they will allow you to take your pet into the rooms as you visit with the residents.  Ask the volunteer coordinator to match you with a senior, then visit regularly.  Studies show that 60% never get visitors during their stay.
  • Computer Instruction.  Offer to teach your elderly friends how to use a computer or the Internet.  
  • Deliver the Newspaper.  Pick up the morning newspaper for an elderly neighbor on your way to school, and take it to their front door.  
  • Paint an elderly neighbor’s house.  
  • Adopt a grandparent.  Keep an eye on the elderly on your street, especially those who are ill, and visit or call them often.

  • More Ideas.  Find more ideas for giving service to the Elderly, on this site.