We’ve put more effort into helping folks reach old age than into helping them enjoy it. Frank Clark, author
Having the satisfaction of making a difference in the life of another is one way older people find joy in their bonus years. In the age of COVID-19, however, finding ways to reach out may become problematic for those who choose to stay-safe-at-home.
Here are a few ideas of how to make a difference from home:
—If you previously volunteered at a school, consider becoming a pen pal.
—If you know how to knit or crochet, consider making hats for new borns or other useful projects. Google “Ten charities that need homemade items” for ideas.
—If you want to help healthcare workers taking care of COVID patients, send gift cards from local restaurants to hospitals for distribution.
—If you loved singing in the choir, ask your pastor how you might record a song to be used in a virtual service.
—If you are a political activist and your marching shoes are in storage, consider writing post cards to your representatives about what’s important to you or calling people to remind them to vote.
Affirmation: There are many ways I can make a difference.
Coaching question: If making a difference is important to you, how can you adapt your past activities to the current environment?