I know I’m getting up there in age, but other than some aches and pains, I keep pretty busy with all the things going on in my life, and I try not to dwell on it.
For the last two years I’ve been homeschooling my three grand daughters. Yes, it’s a choice made before Covid. Our first year was a huge adjustment, but the second year eased up a bit.
Somewhere around the first of 2020 I thought it’d be a great thing to add in some community service to our homeschooling plans, just an hour or two a week. One of my first thoughts was the elderly.
I decided I wanted to check into volunteering in the activities department of a local senior facility. (I’ve actually thought of pursuing this occupation a couple times in my past, but never pursued it.)
Anyway, before I ever had a chance to find out if any local centers allowed children volunteers, Covid hit.
Of course as we all know that threw a monkey wrench in ALL the works! Everything shut down, and no volunteers of any age were allowed in.
Since I had been following several Activities for Seniors type groups on Facebook for a couple months to get a feel for what might be expected in the activities department, I realized there was a need for more activities.
Out of the blue, I started my own Facebook group to help in the only way I could at the moment. I thought with the variety of education and experiences I’ve had, combined with my ‘creative bone’ and ability to find resources, it’d be a great fit to help those working with older adults.
Plus, this is an area I excel. I get charged up by creating, hunting for and/or sharing fun activities and resources with others.
It’s my mission to help make your job just a bit easier, especially during these chaotic times. 😊
And as far as the kid’s involvement is concerned, it’s not what I wished it had been, but don’t worry because I have been tossing around some ideas in my head. I actually have involved them behind the scenes to help develop a craft that we only had a picture of and no directions to make it. They had to look at the picture and develop their own homemade version of what they saw in the image. It was pretty fun, and I will share more about it with you soon.
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P.S. Find our Activities for Seniors Facebook Group Here.