For this ePort post, I wanted to share some of the things I have learned while working with elderly people over the past two years.  As I have mentioned before, I work at a social center for elderly people with dementia and Alzheimer’s.  I truly love what I do and have realized that there is so much to learn about life from older people.  Over the past few months, I have been recording some advice from the people I work with and keeping it in the notes of my phone.  I have found it helpful and look through it quite often to remind myself of these important things.

  • “You gotta have a sense of humor or you won’t last very long.”

This is one of my favorites and sparked the idea to start taking notes so I always remember this advice.  I have always found humor very important and like to see the light in every situation.  It made me so happy hearing one of the guests at my work say this.  The woman who said this has Alzheimer’s disease and is not in the best condition, but she is still able to joke around and comes in every day with a smile on her face.

  • “Travel as much as you can, life is short.”

I have always loved traveling and am so blessed with all of the places I have explored around the world.  I am currently planning on traveling to Australia to visit one of my best friends.  This reminded me to keep working hard and saving for my trip, as I want to travel as much as I can, while I still can.

  • “If you don’t practice you can’t learn it.”

This goes without saying, but it was a nice reminder.  One of the guests said this to me after we had entertainment come in that afternoon.  The man who came in played the piano beautifully, and I made a comment to the guests about how I wish I could do that.  This was a nice reminder that if I want to, I can.  If you practice and work hard, you can learn and do anything.

I hope that whoever comes across this post can learn from what I have learned throughout my work.  The people I work with have been around for quite some time, so they know much more about life than we do.  I am blessed that I work with such special people who are able to make such a positive impact on my life and I look forward to continuing to learn from them.

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