After just 12 months of working for a social activity group in Newcastle (2 hours north of Sydney) for those on other continents, I have the distinct pleasure of re-applying for my position as Care Coordinator. Now don't be alarmed, because we work on 12 monthly contracts that's just how it is. Anyhow, I say pleasure because for the past year I have been doing exactly what I wanted to do when I grew up. (Only took me 42 years to figure it out). I absolutely love what I do because I get to 'work' with people who really appreciate the simple fact that they can get out of the house for the day, because we are there for them. Most of the people I work with have a slight disability of some kind, be it mental or physical, so for them to be able to have some fun and get out into the world is a big deal. If not for the social interaction experienced by those who may be isolated for whatever reason, the decline in health is multiplied 7 fold. It has been studied extensively and is fact. Social health is just as important as emotional, physical and all the others you can think of. People who don't get out, mix with others are more likely to demise far quicker that those that 'don't let that rocking chair take over.'
So a message from a well meaning health worker for the aged, please if y0u know someone elderly or have an elderly neigbour, say g'day or if not in Australia, say Hi there!, gutan tag, namaste, ciao or just let them know you care.
Blessings one and all