Some people make "bucket lists" of things that they want to accomplish in their lives. Others dream of all the places that they intend to travel. But in lives where travel is complicated and much has already been accomplished, people still have wish lists. What do senior adults have on their lists?
• Independence. Seniors want to do as much for themselves as possible, for as long as possible.
• Activity. Modern senior adults are not just sitting in rocking chairs watching the world go by. They want to stay active to the best of their abilities, physically and mentally. Having a variety of activities is even more stimulating.
• Relationships. Having lost friends and family members, and perhaps moving to a new residence, older adults still want community. Whether the friendships result from shared interests or from pursuing something new together, they want something deeper than a hello in the hallway.
• Respect. No one wants to be treated like a child. There are ways to give help and encouragement without being demeaning. Even those who need the most assistance, want to be treated as if they have value.
Throughout life, people have goals and desires. Though times change and circumstances vary, senior adults want just what everyone else wants: to feel cared for, useful, and appreciated.
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