Life is full of reasons to celebrate – and this weekend marks a fun one: Earth Day! While many community events are focused on ensuring children give back and enjoy this occasion ~ who says the fun has to stop there?! This week’s Senior Spotlight features 3 ways YOU can help the earth and a senior at the same time – and 3 ways seniors can help the earth independently.
3 Ways We ALL Can Help A Senior Celebrate Earth Day
#1: Head To A Farmer’s Market. Not only is this a great way to get us all out and about, but it’s a way to thank the local farmers! Many use environmentally-friendly practices, plus reduce fuel costs since the produce is grown and sold locally. In addition, local crops add oxygen to the air – so breathe deep and shop fresh.
#2: Fix A Leak. Ask an aging loved one or senior neighbor if they have a leaky faucet or hose and offer to fix it! It saves water, saves on the utility bill and hey… what the world needs more is for us to care for one another, right?
#3: Spread Color & Cheer. Contact a local senior living facility and ask if you can bring in some blooms! Consider purchasing local blooms from an independent florist or ask a large garden center to donate potted plants for the community. Small acts of kindness remind older adults that they are part of something bigger (like our earth!), and that they are remembered (by you!).
3 Ways A Senior Can Independently Celebrate Earth Day
#1: Recycling Reminders. You know how city and county guidelines are always changing for recycling? We all wonder what, how and when stuff should be recycled today… so lead a community update on your street. Call your waste service provider and get copies of the most current guidelines, drop them on your neighbors doorsteps or better yet – set-up a table with lemonade and hand them out in person.
(This can be modified for a senior living community by working with management to distribute a list of what is currently being done to help your community stay green – inside & out!)
#2: Plant Seeds. Pass out seeds to friends, family & neighbors. Include instructions for how to grow ~ and add a little pot if yard space is a premium (such as in apartment living). The bees will thank you too! 😉
#3: Take A Nature Walk. How many of us literally get out with the purpose to stop and smell the roses. Go for a walk with no other purpose than to enjoy the natural beauty around you. Seniors often feel pressured to walk to lower blood pressure, maintain balance and stay active – but some days it’s okay to walk just to enjoy this amazing earth.
Bobbi Decker, SRES®, CIPS®, Certified Real Estate Instructor, Broker Associate, Today Sotheby’s International Realty
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