How Church Members Can Contribute to Better Community-Wide Senior Care

From mobility limitations to social isolation, seniors face a variety of mental and physical changes that can threaten their independence and quality of life. Unfortunately, seniors don’t always have family around to provide support and assistance. Without the help of friends and relatives, age-related changes often force seniors to leave their communities to gain access to the care they need. However, churches and their members can be a valuable source of meaningful physical, emotional, and spiritual support to these seniors. Here are some excellent ways to get involved and give back to the seniors in your community.

Providing Spiritual Support

Spirituality and faith practices can help seniors cope with the challenges that come with aging.

Spiritual Care and Support for the Elderly
(https://www.focusonthefamily.com/family-qa/spiritual-care-and-support-for-the-elderly/)

Tips on Ministering to Senior Adults
(https://justbetweenus.org/ministry/leadership-advice/church-leadership-tips-on-ministering-to-senior-adults/)

3 Steps to Make Your Church’s Technology Accessible to Seniors
(https://blog.capterra.com/make-your-church-technology-accessible-to-seniors/)

Encouraging Health and Wellness

Exercising, eating well, and learning new things is important for keeping the mind and body healthy as we age.

Total Body Strength Workout for Seniors
(https://www.verywellfit.com/total-body-strength-workout-for-seniors-1230958)

How to Encourage Seniors to Stay Fit at Any Age
(https://blog.hurusa.com/how-to-encourage-seniors-to-stay-fit-at-any-age)

5 Safe and Fun Hobbies for Seniors
(https://www.umh.org/assisted-independent-living-blog/5-safe-and-fun-hobbies-for-seniors)

10 Healthy Make-Ahead Meals for Seniors and Caregivers
(https://www.sunriseseniorliving.com/blog/august-2018/10-healthy-make-ahead-meals-for-seniors-and-caregivers.aspx)

Fostering Emotional and Social Well-Being

Seniors have unique emotional and social needs that must be met to avoid mental health issues like isolation and depression.

Importance of Emotional and Social Support in Seniors
(https://www.senioroutlooktoday.com/importance-of-emotional-and-social-support-in-seniors/)

5 Tips on Boosting Emotional Wellbeing in Aging Adults
(https://www.homecareassistancevancouver.ca/boosting-emotional-wellbeing-in-seniors/)

6 Powerful Ways to Help Seniors Avoid Isolation
(https://www.bayalarmmedical.com/medical-alert-blog/6-powerful-ways-help-seniors-avoid-isolation/)

Senior Conversation Starters: Discussion Topics for Elderly Adults
(https://www.griswoldhomecare.com/blog/senior-conversation-starters-discussion-topics-for-elderly-adults/)

Creating Safer, More Accessible Homes

Certain home modifications and upgrades can help many seniors continue to live independently and enjoy a high quality of life.

The Most Common In-Home Injuries for Seniors and How to Prevent Them
(https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/senior-home-injuries-and-prevention/)

10 Ways to Make Your Home More Handicap Accessible
(https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/10-ways-to-make-your-home-more-handicap-accessible/)

6 Ways to Pay for Accessibility Upgrades
(https://www.bildnow.com/accessibility-upgrades-funding/)

‘Aging in Place’ Tech Helps Seniors Live in Their Home Longer
(https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/saltzman/2017/06/24/aging-place-tech-helps-seniors-live-their-home-longer/103113570/)

Navigating the senior years is tough, especially without relatives around to provide assistance with new and unfamiliar challenges. Fortunately, church members can play an incredibly valuable role in helping seniors meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs and age with grace in their own homes. Reach out to a senior in your community and show your gratitude!

Beverly Nelson
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