Pay It Forward - A Trip To The Assisted Living Center.
My wife's uncle (Uncle Jim) is 84 years old, a widower and lives alone in a home in Denver. His health isn't great and he has no outside interest to keep him busy.
For about the past year, he has been talking about getting at apartment at an assisted living facility in Aurora, Colorado.
I have offered on more than one occasion to drive him to the center to have a grand tour by their helpful staff. He always puts me off claiming he just doesn't feel like it.
Last Friday, they had a social - cocktail hour for the residents and any guest who would like to come and have a look around. I told him we were attending this - no excuses.
I picked him up and took him to the center where they had music (playing very loudly), cocktails and lots of conversation. At first, he felt very uncomfortable, but as soon as some of the residents engaged him in conversation, he felt right at home.
He is now thinking very seriously about moving there this Spring and putting his home on the market. Gee, I wonder who he will use for his real estate agent????
It was rewarding to see him out of the house and conversing with people his own age.