How these two elderly women are role models for us all, not just in their abilities to stay health, but on the positive attitude they take, toward growing older, and living, their lives, to the fullest…translated…
With the advancements of medicine, becoming an elderly person, is the future for us all, but, it’s a lesson, to learn how, to be, a cute elderly person.
There were two role models, of what elderly persons should be like. Grandma Wang, I’d met through the volunteer program at school, at age seventy-six, she’s, graceful, and, dressed in a way, that’s, visually, appeasing. After her move from her old home in Chiayi to Taipei, she’d gone to the local elementary school, to inquire if there’s a need for volunteer, and she’d started working, as a “story grandma”.
Some of the stories that Grandma Wang told the students are from the illustrated books, children’s books, and, some stories, were from her own travels, that she’d, changed the parts to. With the lessons, Grandma Wang would bring her own homemade props, for instance, on the story of the Pygmalion, she’d started, playing the role of the female lead, handed the flowers one by one to the children, with the rise and falls of her voice, it’d, captured the children’s, attention. Every time she’d walked down the streets, the children would greet her eagerly, “Grandma Wang!”
She also volunteers as the morning homework helper, four days a week, she’d, tutored two children who needed the extra help time. Other than volunteering, she’s also, actively involved in the community choir too, doing yoga at the gym, to train her muscles, she’d managed to keep her body fit.
staying active in the elderly years…
Another Grandma Lee, was an elder I’d met when I volunteered to the home visits, Grandma Lee was with a straight back, and you can’t see that she’s, already, ninety. Her son lives out of country, her daughter lives in Kaohsiung, and often comes up north to visit her. Grandma Lee had been volunteering at the hospital for thirty years on end, and recently, she’d, stepped down. She’d gone to the parks early in the morn every day for tai-chi, and had brunches with her fellow martial artists, and, once a week, she’d gone to volunteer at the local borough’s office, and would arrange her time once a year, to go to the hospitals or the nursing homes with the Tai-Chi instructor to teach everybody some simple moves the residents can do to keep up with their physical wellbeing.
And, these two beautiful elderly women had a couple of things in common: first, they’re very physically healthy, with the regular routines for their workouts. Secondly, both are involved in volunteer work, the embodiments of happy in helping others. Thirdly, they’re, actively, interactive with their external social environments, not fallen off the connections with society. I want to take after them, to become, a warm, an elder whom everybody wants to be close to.
And so, these two elderly women are, amazing role models indeed, they are very active, they kept up with their health, exercised regularly, and, found the time, to give back to the community, which is what probably helped them stay youthful, and they’re, role models for all of us indeed!