We find that many of the students we work with haven’t had much contact with the elderly. At the homes for the elderly we visit they have the opportunity to mingle with the lonely residents. Since it is often their first such encounter, it’s not uncommon that most of the students are nervous at first, but they end up doing wonderfully. Soon, not only are the students at ease in the situation, but the residents are delighted with the attention, and on subsequent visits have dressed up in their finest clothes, to highlight the special event and visitors.
The team visiting originate a few games, sing a few songs, and bring along some snacks. But by far the best part of our visit is the personal time that each student spends talking with the elderly one on one. We can truly say that it s a life changing experience for the students and oldsters alike.