For some people, getting older means having fewer and fewer friends. This is especially true for those in their golden years. A lot of the elderly in our society experience isolation and loneliness, and these can greatly affect the quality of their remaining years. But there’s something we can do about it.
Marleen Brooks of Missouri one day came home to see a heartbreaking note from her 90-year-old neighbor named Wanda. The old lady lived down the street from Brooks and was feeling extremely lonely.
In her note, Wanda asked Brooks if the two of them could be friends.
Wanda’s note read:
“Would you consider to become my friend. I’m 90 years old – live alone. All my friends have passed away. I am so lonesome and scared. Please I pray for someone.”
“Came home to this note from a lady that lives down the street from me. 😢 Makes my heart sad, but on the bright side it looks like I will be getting a new friend.”
Brooks, along with another friend, visited Wanda and even brought cupcakes.
Brooks described her neighbor as a “sweet lady” who was “over the moon” when she came over. She said:
“Wanda told me: ‘I hope you didn’t think I was stupid for writing you, but I had to do something. Thank you so much for coming over. I’ve lived here for 50 years and don’t know any of my neighbors.’
I also made sure that Wanda knew she can call us at anytime and that I’ll be back to spend time with her! I’m sure Wanda and I will have some great times.”
Brooks’ experience should be a reminder to all of us to better care for the elderly.
A lot of the elderly experience neglect, isolation, and loneliness, and these can seriously affect their health and well-being. A 2012 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that social isolation and loneliness are correlated with a higher risk of mortality in adults aged 52 and up.
What do you think of this story? Share it with your friends and remember to care for the elderly more!
7 Ways Children’s Lives Are Destroyed When Parents Cheat
Cheating is something one should think over a million times before doing.
These days, more and more kids are growing up without both parents living together. Families are more open to this scenario and many divorced couples can still manage to set their differences aside for the sake of their kids. Sometimes, marriages just can’t work despite fighting so hard to keep it. Although young children will soon understand why you and your spouse never lasted, it’s a different story if infidelity is involved.
Each bad decision you make that you know will destroy your relationship with your husband or wife will leave an even bigger hole in the hearts of the kids. Things will never be the same. Cheating means it's okay to destroy your children’s lives.
Here are 7 ways you’re hurting your kids when you decide to be unfaithful.
Touching Comic Strip About Growing Old Will Give You All The Feels
Reading this comic strip will give you a deeper appreciation of life.
“In family relationships,” religious leader Dieter F. Uchtdorf once said, “love is really spelled T-I-M-E.” This is absolutely correct because spending quality and quantity time with your loved ones is crucial in order to strengthen the bond with each other.
Besides, time flies extremely fast and so you want to make the most of your life with the most important people in your life. The goal really is to create as happy memories as you can along the way.
This sentiment is exactly why a now-viral comic strip has touched the hearts of many netizens across the globe. Dan Dougherty, an award-winning comic artist, recently created and released a wonderful and heart wrenching comic strip about growing old.
Chinese Man Buys 5,000 Bowls Of Noodles After Restaurant Finds His $45,000 Engagement Ring
A Chinese man treated thousands of residents with free noodles after the restaurant returned his expensive engagement ring.
A Guangzhou native in China got an odd sign that his love was right when he lost the engagement ring he was about to give his girlfriend but then found it again. The man only identified as Mr. Wang lost a luxurious diamond ring worth $45,000 in a restaurant but was later returned to him. To celebrate, he bought 5,000 bowls of spicy noodles from the restaurant which he gave away to the Chongqing residents.
Mr. Wang had been planning to do a surprise marriage proposal to his girlfriend on their first-year anniversary. To make sure that everything goes smooth, he had been doing plenty of preparations the day ahead the engagement. However, while he was having his lunch on Sunday, he moved away from his seat where his bag and the engagement ring were to take a call from his girlfriend.
A Chinese man shared his gratitude to Chongqing residents after his lost three-carat diamond ring was found.
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