Reyes and Varsha visits Jeane

By: cultureofcare

May 16 2011

Category: Volunteers experience

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Varsha:

It is definitely important to volunteer with the elderly because they still need to stay in touch with young people. Older and younger generations should keep communication flowing, which would allow young people to take in traditional values from the experiences of their elders.

Reyes:

Sometimes we forget that old people have a lot to give, a life lived that we could learn so much from, and that we should recognize how much they have done.

I visit Jeane often, I don’t know if she remembers me but… I used to visit her once a month but she doesn’t remember anybody. She always said “Oh you never come.” But anyway it’s so sweet; when you leave she always says “Thank you very much for coming” because she is very lonel,y so it’s great for her to have company.

I started volunteering with Ashwell house. At first I started singing for the elderly, because I sing in choir, so we went to sing carols at Christmas. That’s when I met her, and soon after I started visiting her.

There are a lot more people in the nursing home but not all of them are well enough to receive visitors. The ones with mental illnesses don’t always relate to people very well, so in this regard Jeane is one of the better suited for volunteering.

At the beginning, it sounds scary but I would say don’t be scared because once you break the barrier, crossing the threshold into their rooms, you actually feel like you can give so much and they can teach you so much too. And you feel really good because you’re doing something that isn’t just about yourself, but about somebody else. I would say overcome that fear, don’t be afraid – it’s a very good experience.

You learn their life stories, how much they have done in their lives, you learn to appreciate what you have, like your family, and to see how lucky we are to have people around us. Old people are very lonely and our visits really help them, it gives them something to look forward to.

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