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Communities Supporting Seniors: Good News in the News

by Derrick

This post is directed at younger generations.

Unless you’re reading one of the very small, very local newspapers that focuses on things such as local students’ accomplishments, it’s hard to find good news in the news. I found one such encouraging, informative piece in a Maine paper yesterday, however: Lending a Hand by Lifting a Shovel. A woman from Portland, Maine has mobilized volunteers to clear snow for seniors with the help of a $3,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation.

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I’m not going to re-hash the article. You can go read it for yourself, but what I do want to focus on is the need, and growing need, for community involvement and support for our aging population. “Age in Place” is the goal of nearly everyone as they get older, and that goal will be far more likely to be realized by many if younger generations step in to support elders; whether that is helping shovel snow, delivering a warm meal, or simply checking in to say, “hello.”

I understand that the daily life has many demands, but unless we as a society step up to help others around us, we should not expect to receive needed help when we age. We, the younger generations, will not retain our youth forever. Days become weeks, weeks become months, months become years, and years become decades. Step up to help others and you’ll enrich your own life.

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