(NewsUSA) - The number of older adults in our society is growing rapidly. Today, for the first time in history, there are more people over age 60 than under age five.
As this population expands, so does the need for support, with some 40 percent of middle-class Americans at risk of poverty in retirement. Yet, today, only 1 percent of charitable dollars go to efforts that support seniors.
It's time for that to change. There are organizations in every community that provide services to meet basic needs for older adults. And while donations and volunteer hours are always appreciated, caring for older adults in the community can come in many forms. In fact, simple acts of caring can make a big difference in the lives of seniors.
Here are five simple ways to help older adults in your community:
1. Start with hello - Introduce yourself to a senior in your neighborhood or community. A simple conversation can spark a lifetime of friendship.
2. Get out and care - Join Ready to Care, an initiative by Home Instead Senior Care, and sign up to receive weekly care missions.
3. Give to senior-focused organizations - There are plenty of opportunities to give to a senior-focused non-profit. Find one that sparks your interest by visiting give65.org/25years.
4. Get educated - Learn about issues affecting older adults and caregivers at caregiverstress.com.
5. Share your story - Share how caring for a senior impacted your life with family and friends. Encouraging others to take action can create a world of change.
Join Home Instead Senior Care as it marks 25 years of caring for older adults. Why not give your time, learn how you can help, and begin serving seniors in your community today?