Spending Valentine's Day with the Elderly
Written by Myron Tsaalbi
On Valentine's Day, my class and I went to the Florence Elderly Home. We went to meet the elders to spend some time with them because most of them don't have family that visits them regularly. We did not want them to be alone on Valentine's Day so we brought them some treats like chocolate, candy, homemade cake and other Valentine's Day treats. We also brought a bouquet of roses to hand out to all the elders.
The elder I was walking with was in her eighties and I could see that she was enjoying the walk because she was smiling a lot and she really tried talking to me. We all got to meet the elders we were going to walk with, and we gathered all together to start our walk with the rest of the elders. We went through the Bosjes van Pex and through a football club. On the way back to the elderly home we stopped to look at some horses. The elders really liked the horses and they were amazed by the different kinds of horses.
Our Pathfinder Student Finn, spending time with one of the elders
Ms Brouwer, one of the trip supervisors said "It was a pleasure to chaperone the Pathfinder Trip to the Elderly Home. All the students were exemplary ambassadors, and they interacted really well with the elderly. The students showed remarkable patience as they pushed the wheelchairs, regardless of the OAP who kept putting the brake on and another who insisted on walking instead of sitting on the wheelchair. The gifts they had bought and prepared for the elderly were thoughtful. One of our students Myron, was very calm and mature when he interacted with the elders. He gave the elders his undivided attention".
I got a chance to talk to my elder throughout the walk. We talked about our favourite animals and how nice the weather was. Sadly, my elder was a bit deaf so when I was talking she couldn't always hear me and she also had difficulties talking. I really enjoyed talking and listening to her because she was a really nice woman with a lot of different interests. I really tried to stay focused on what they were saying and I tried my best to interact with the elders.
The Elders enjoying the beautiful weather
I thought this day was really interesting because the elders and the students learnt a lot by communicating with each other and spending the day together. We can learn so much more by spending time with people from a different community. Even though we are not part of their family, we still took good care of them.
I think we should do this more often so that the elders know that they are not alone. We are doing our Pathfinder Community Project to support the elderly so we encourage others to do the same.