Many seniors fall into a comfortable retirement living routine but after the death of a spouse or close friend, some seniors might feel lonely or isolated from their neighbors.
Though many programs ask citizens to reach out to elderly members of
their community, a new campaign does the opposite and asks seniors to use their wisdom and experience to enrich the lives of those around them.
Recently, Chicago Governor Pat Quinn launched a new initiative, declaring 2010 to be "The Year of the Engaged Older Adult."
The program is designed to encourage older adults to lend their expertise to others in order to strengthen the workforce and boost learning in the Chicago area.
"The initiative will help increase the number of seniors who participate in volunteer activities in Illinois, allowing them to contribute their talents and expertise to benefit their communities," the Governor said.
By promoting civic engagement, the program might also help seniors who are likely to benefit from an active living experience.
One doesn't need to be a senior to become involved in their town or city. And seniors who live in assisted living communities might benefit from regular visits from community-minded citizens.