One of the biggest difficulties for elderly people is staying social. Loneliness among the elderly is partly about numbers of people in a person’s life, but it’s also about whether or not you feel connected to people. When you do volunteer work for elderly, most important are the small gestures. Having a cup of coffee or a walk in the park, and to be friendly and show interest. Talk about subjects that interest you. Even if you get the feeling that the elderly person doesn’t feel involved, your presence is valuable. Sharing stories and anecdotes is an easy way to get to know each other. You will make an incredible difference for older people.
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Loneliness is a big problem that increases with age. Almost two-thirds of people over 85 feel lonely. More and more is known about the negative consequences of loneliness for the individual and society as a whole. Poor health and less participation make loneliness an urgent problem.
Due to major cuts in healthcare and the high workload among staff, older people are increasingly staying in their rooms all day. Taking a breath of fresh air or joining a fun activity is no longer evident. Because of this elderly people often see their social contacts decline. NL Cares aims to change that and you can help us by volunteering.
Having a variety of social connections protects people against loneliness. As a volunteer you contribute a lot more than you might think. You chat, play a game or go for a walk. This may not seem like much, but for the elderly you visit these social interactions are of great value. By volunteering with the elderly you really contribute to the well-being of people in your city.
Volunteering with the elderly is interesting and rewarding. Your most important task is giving people a little personal attention. The people you meet benefit greatly from this. We do not ask you to perform care tasks. A healthcare professional is always present during volunteer activities.
Be prepared that some elderly people may do things in a different pace than you are used to.
Many elderly people are in a wheelchair or use a walker. Sometimes you will assist them. There is always someone from the care center present to advise you on this if you have not done this before.
Some elderly people are no longer able to state exactly what they want or mean. If you are not sure how you can help an elderly person, there is always a staff member to turn to.