I will call my grandparents (or elderly relatives or neighbors) at least twice a week during self-quarantine.
Impact of the Promise
With grandparents representing about one-third of the population, it is important that we consider our relationships with them now more than ever. While we have all heard of the importance to practice good social-distancing with anyone over the age of 65 at this time, there are other ways we can improve their health and happiness. Unfortunately, loneliness is considered to be the major factor in decreased quality of life, and according to recent AARP Research, the greater emotional support grandparents and grandchildren receive from one another, the better their psychological and physiological health. While right now we must physically stay away from our grandparents, we can make sure that they do not feel isolated from us. Take the time to reach out and talk with your grandparents now.
- Schedule time on your calendar for calling. Even better, do it at the same time on the same days each week.
- Make a list of topics you can talk about before your calls. Some ideas:
- Read them a story that you wrote or a passage from a book you are reading.
- Learn a new skill together, watch a TedTalk and discuss it, be creative! Especially if you are able to video chat.
- Challenge your friends to do the same.
- Don’t visit them in person.
- Don’t focus only on COVID-19 news. Use your conversation time to step away from the news and find out how they are feeling or if they need help.
- Don’t do all the talking. Let them share their stories with you. Make sure they feel heard.
- Don’t forget to ask if they need supplies or things that you can pick up for them and drop off
Resources: “2018 GRANDPARENTS TODAY NATIONAL SURVEY”
Element of Honor
Through my actions, I seek to alleviate suffering, establish peace, and build happiness with others and in myself. I recognize that the world is in great need. Because of this need, I am needed. My belief in the importance of a promise is strong; however, I know that doing what is right will always be more important than keeping a promise. Commitment holds me accountable to my compassion; it does not blind me of it.
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