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Adopt a Grandparent
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Posted: March 01, 2024
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    Do you have an older friend? (Pixabay)
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    Many people in nursing homes appreciate visits. (AP/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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    Share your favorite book with a friend. (Pixabay)
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    Send a letter or craft project to someone far away. (AP/Bill Ross)
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    ElliQ can’t replace real people. (Intuition Robotics)
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Mr. Skuler believes the ElliQ robot his company makes provides a needed service. He says, “It’s about friendship, companionship, and empathy. That just did not exist elsewhere.”

Who else might offer these gifts to the elderly?

People could.

ElliQ is described as “The sidekick for happier aging.” But a single robot costs $600 per year. The charge to install an ElliQ is $250.

You can be a sidekick for free!

Jesus teaches us to treat others the way we would want to be treated. (Luke 6:31) What would you want if you were older and didn’t get to see people much?

Do you have grandparents or senior friends who live far away? Adults can help you phone or video call them. It’s always thoughtful to ask questions like, “How are you feeling? What are you thinking about today?” You also can mail them notes, drawings, bookmarks, crafts, and maybe even cookies. Yum!

Get a parent to help you ask around at church. Is there an older person who is housebound? Is there a person at a rest home who needs visitors?

You can brighten elderly people’s lives by spending time with them once per week or once per month. Making a connection on a regular schedule builds a strong relationship. It also gives everyone a visit to look forward to.

One of the best parts about adopting grandparents is listening to their stories. Ask them about their families. What are their most vivid memories?

Kind older people want to hear about you too. Tell them about your friends and pets. See if they want to read a favorite book with you.

When we make new friends, everybody enjoys the blessing of asking and answering, “How are you?”