Friday, July 19, 2013

10 Ways to Help Your Aging Neighbor


  1. Introduce Yourself and Visit Often
    Share emergency contact information. Find out if your neighbor has local caregivers. If you notice that mail and newspapers aren't being picked up, check on them.
  2. Offer Help with Meals
    Go grocery shopping for a neighbor or share a family dinner. Malnutrition is a common problem and may result in confusion, disorientation, and apathy.
  3. Provide transportation to a doctor’s appointment
  4. Help with Lawn Care
    If grass looks overgrown, offer to mow. Refer your neighbor to local teens who may trim bushes or pull weeds at a lower cost than professional lawn services.
  5. Watch out for Scams
    Don’t let your neighbor get taken by a con artist. Report suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency.
  6. Home Maintenance Help
    Offer to change lightbulbs, install grab bars, or paint.
  7. Personal Care
    Take your elderly neighbor to get a haircut or, if they’re homebound, have a hair stylist come to their homes.
  8. Look for Pet Neglect
    As elderly neighbors lose mobility, pets may suffer. Walk their pets; help with grooming.
  9. Just Listen
    Loneliness and isolation are often associated with depression in the elderly. Invite your neighbor for a short walk around the block. Exercise relieves stress and opens the door for conversations.
  10. Find Community Services
    Consider if your neighbor needs additional help. Hope has programs that allow seniors to stay safely in their own homes. Call us at (800) 835-1673 or share our phone number with your neighbor