Anna’s amazing story
Submitted by Anna Letau-Fresquez
I discovered that I had some fears of the unknown and the elderly. Once I understood the disease everything made sense. I was exposed to people with dementia and memory problem from my mom’s work.
I would visit facilities with her and see the elderly. When I would go to facilities with my mom I notice how sad and lonely the elderly seemed and how they lit up when they saw me. I started thinking that this was an invisible population, that they were forgotten.
I connected with nursing homes where the elderly live. I notice how happy they were when I was there and how much attention they gave me. I started to notice that there were never any children there when I would visit.
When we were thinking about our project I thought about how we could bring in younger children to visit. My troop liked the idea so we started researching the problem. We learned that many young children are not exposed to elderly anymore and are not comfortable around them. We decided that educating younger kids and bring them to the facilities to interact with elderly with memory issues. That way the elderly would not be so lonely and we could maybe bridge a gap in our generation. We visited a few facilities and learned more about the limitation that this population of elderly faced. They had shorter attention spans and some even had limited ability to use their hands.
We had to down size our activities to meet their needs. I learned that scientist are trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. I also learn how exposure to this population takes away the scary feelings. We worked on activities that would be simple enough for the elderly to do and still be fun for children so they would wanted to visit. I am more patient now with both younger children and don’t shy away from elderly people who seem different or act different. I can advocated more for them. Our presents and interaction with the elderly at Sunrise made the elderly happy and brightened up their day. We made them smile and feel good. We honored and respected the people we worked with. For at least a few hours we made someone feel good and appreciated.
My Silver Award experience a great adventure
Submitted by Hannah Hopliss
My Silver Award experience has been a great adventure. I have learned a lot from our meetings and the activities we have done with the elders. At our meetings we did some research about the elders like some have hearing loss and some have a hard time doing things on their own.
We interacted with the residents of a memory loss at Sunrise. A lot of them are like little kids but in a good way. We played games, decorated cookies, and arts and crafts. The residents were so happy to see us each time I think we both had our favorite people to work with.
I think we made a great connection with the residents. We put together a wonderful toy box for the residents grandchildren to play with when they go to visit. And we can’t forget the cute little stories we heard over and over. I think they will miss us as much as we will miss them.
As we finished our Silver Award I realized they need us as much as we need them. All they want is for younger people to come play with them if it be bingo, decorating cookies, or just listening to the stories they have to tell. So please go visit a senior home and make a connection.
My Silver Award experience has been quite fun
Submitted by Claire Hankla
My Silver Award experience has been quite fun. My goal was to teach others how to respectfully interact with and include elders. I wanted to help them understand what people need when they get old. I found myself learning quite a bit myself. You need patience and care. The elders are very pleasant, and have very lovely personalities. I always have a nice time when I visit them, and I can tell that they like interaction with children. They are very giving and love doing crafts. I am glad I did this project, and I would do it again.
Helping seniors for my Silver Award
Submitted by Jessica Schuler
During my Silver Award I learned multiple things. One thing that I learned is that the people in Sunrise Senior Living Facility aren’t that different from us. I also learned people give them less credit than they’re actually due, and that they’re nicer than people would expect. While doing this project I had fun doing the crafts with the old people, as well as seeing how they interact with the younger people. I noticed that the elders really enjoyed talking and speaking to the younger people that came to our event. with the younger people, I think that the reason for that was because there still filled with energy and they’re energetic people. Therefore I think that this silver award was beneficial because I could learn about something I didn’t really know that much about, as well as help the community in a place that’s not very well known, or high priority.
Learning a lot from my Silver Award
Submitted by Emily Moore
I learned a lot from completing my troops Silver Award. I learned things like, many elderly people have to things differently than younger people or elderly people with no mind issues. I have learned so much from this experience.
In Girl Scout meetings we as a troop learned what kinds of activities these people do. The memory care help people at the retirement house gave us ideas of games like jacks, word searches, blocks and bouncy balls. When we went to visit the memory loss people I found that they have a hard time hearing people and that they really don’t care what’s happening as long as they have company, they also like little kids.
They seem very lonely and sad when we came but when we started talking to them they seemed to brighten up. At the event the elderly looked really happy and excited when the troop came and helped them make frames. I felt good about helping the elders do normal day things.
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