Visit a Senior Today!

Senior citizens are a valuable part of our society.  They protect our traditions and the history of our society. If you sit and chat with a senior, you will find a wealth of knowledge and information not found in textbooks.  Their stories are priceless. In fact, the way things were in the not-too-distant past is often hard to believe. 

If you are smart enough to befriend a seasoned person, here are a few things to remember when conversing:

Slow down. Everyone moves very quickly today, but seniors relish visitors and thinking about what is unfolding in the world today. They pride themselves on being experts at listening, asking great questions and visiting.

Dress appropriately. This generation grew up getting dressed for church, dinner and sometimes even ballgames.  When you are not dressed appropriately, it could be interpreted as disrespectful.  

Find a quiet place for a conversation.  They are not interested in distractions that will take away from your visit. 

Be early. To this special generation, on time is actually considered late. Seniors plan carefully so that no interruption or event will cause them to be late. They are ready for any occassion well in advance. 

Have conversation topics ready.  Current events taking place in your life like vacations, sports teams and clubs are great topics. Most seniors enjoy listening to what "younger" folks are up to. You may find that your adventures stir up beloved memories of their past activities. 

Ask some questions like what was it like when they were kids?  What has changed in your town, school, etc… What has been the biggest surprise of this generation?  What are kids doing today that wasn’t even on your radar when you were a kid?  Where did you go on your honeymoon? 

Leave your electronic devices at home.  No Ipads, I pods, Iphones or I anything.  This generation knows there is value in these devices but not when you’re visiting. Give them your full attention.

Thank you dear seniors for protecting traditions and sharing your experiences.  You are an important part of society and we appreciate you!

Colleen Harding

Hello my name is Colleen Harding.  I am the founder for the Cleveland School of Etiquette and Corporate Protocol. 

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 4:43 PM, 06.03.2016