Aging and Lonely

Facing Our Challenges Head-On!

September 18, 2015

Dear Julie: I work in a retirement home and have made friends with one of the residents. She’s a lovely person who brightens my day with her zany sense of humor. However, I’ve noticed a growing agitation when it comes to her family. In all the months I’ve worked here, I rarely see any of her children or grandchildren come by for a visit. They lead busy lives and are very accomplished . . . and my friend is proud of them all. Still, it’s hard to watch this lovely woman gradually lose her confidence as those she adores appear to be forgetting her. What, if anything, should I do? I don’t want to cause problems for her or for me. –Struggling for an answer.


Dear Struggling: First, I commend you for providing the friendship this woman needs at this point in her life. Surely, a sense of abandonment is common among many residents who miss their families, and your supervisors will have addressed it before. Get their ideas. Most retirement homes offer a variety of activities that keep residents’ minds and bodies active, thus helping redirect their focus from the past to the present. If you and your friend are able to do so, pray together for a joy-filled future.


Remember, friends, as challenges come our way,
we can face them head-on
through Christ who strengthens us!

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