As the 76-million person baby boomer generation crosses the over-65 threshold, many of our aging loved ones may feel alone in the crowd. One of the primary reasons for this is that social contact tends to decrease as one ages for a variety of reasons, including retirement, the death of friends and family, or lack of mobility. Many may discover themselves searching for renewed purposes. Our Spiritual Directors or Chaplains work to nurture and develop the spiritual needs of our residents. It's our goal to provide compassionate care and relevant, life-enriching experiences.
Hutch Walch, Director of Spirituality at The Goodman Group, recalls one such experience with a resident. This particular resident had been living in one our managed communities for a few months, keeping mostly to herself. As one of our Spiritual Directors began to spend more time with her, it was discovered that she felt her life lacked meaning. She missed interacting with children from her 40 years as an educator. She also missed playing the piano.
The Spiritual Director introduced her to all five of the pianos within the community. She began playing regularly and now often plays for the residents residing in Memory Care.
To help increase her interaction with children, the Spiritual Director told her about The Goodman Group's Intergenerational Programs. The resident enjoyed spending time with the children so much that she actually became the first person waiting at the door as the children would arrive!
This particular resident has rediscovered her purpose.