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Meaningful Ways to Give to Seniors for International Day of Older Persons


When was the last time you spent a moment with a senior? Older persons are a wealth of information, have insight and offer different perspectives that help us navigate our daily lives. We look at giving back to less fortunate communities all the time, but our elders can benefit from a daily give, more than any of us realize. It’s easy to give back to those in our community who have spent many of their years giving to the younger generations.

Celebrate and Honor International Day of Older Persons (October 1st) by making older friends, family, or neighbors the focus of your daily 365give! These suggested actions may require a bit of planning ahead and commitment. But your thoughtful consideration makes these 365gives extra meaningful. Consider making these gives a routine on a weekly or monthly basis, depending on your ability to commit.

Giving Energy – Physical Chores

Many seniors in your community often need assistance with tasks that may be physically difficult for them but easier for an able, younger person. Think about the household tasks that you do that require physical ability – yard work, taking out the garbage, gardening, walking the dog.  Check with older neighbors to see if you’re able to shovel their driveways in the winter or mow their lawns in the summer! Often there are people that live close to you that may need an extra helping hand to keep their household running and stay independent.

Giving Knowledge – Technology Know-how

Ask your grandparents or other seniors close to you if they need help with their cell phone or other devices. Often a few quick lessons are all that they need to feel comfortable and familiar with using new technology. Being proficient at a basic level with their devices can help them keep in touch with friends, share photos with family, watch TV shows, or pass the time with a silly game. Be patient when explaining the different features of a device – what seems straightforward to younger generations is often confusing and complicated for those who are unfamiliar with technology.

Giving Freedom – Driving, Drop Offs, and Pick Ups.

If a senior doesn’t drive, getting around in bad weather can be either dangerous or expensive. Being unable to get places whenever they want can often feel like a frustrating restriction on their freedom. If you have the time and a vehicle, simply driving people to their appointments or errands can be an incredibly thoughtful way to give. Call a local retirement community and see if you are able to give your time to an older person by driving them to an event or appointment or chauffeuring a group for a weekly grocery store run.

For more ideas on how to help seniors, check out other blog posts  5 Gives for your Grandparents and A Super Special Give for Our Older Adults. Want more ideas on how you can give every day? Sign up for our daily giving inspiration. 

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)