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12 Wonderful Things People Can Do for The Elderly: Random Acts of Kindness

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Life can be tough on the elderly. With the pains and ailments that come with aging, completing basic tasks can be challenging for some. Some have dementia, while others experience a decline in physical abilities. In situations like these, quality of life can take a dive as activity and socializing decrease.

That's why random acts of kindness are so important for those who experience difficulties associated with aging. Through the actions of caring individuals, they can regain a bit of their youth and even live their retirement in greater comfort.

In this article, we've rounded up a few wonderful things people can do for the elderly. Hopefully, they will motivate you to do the same in your own neighborhood!

1. Free Soup

One of the best ways to make older adults feel better is to give them something warm to eat. Soup is classic comfort food that's easy to make and won't take too long to cook. Some older people lack the cooking skills to make their own soup. Fortunately, some are willing to step up and make soup for them!

2. Gift of Music

Music is a universal language. Everyone can enjoy it, and it's often the first thing we think of when we want to brighten up someone's day. If you run into an older adult who is feeling blue, why not give them a gift of music? It will absolutely put a smile on their face and won't cost anything!

If you want to do something extra special for an older person, consider helping them find their favorite song on YouTube or Spotify. You could also find out if they have any favorite artists and share them!

3. Write a Thoughtful Note

Writing a thoughtful note is one of the easiest ways to brighten someone's day.

Whether you're sending a card in the mail or writing on a post-it note, it's always lovely to receive a kind word from a stranger. It doesn't have to be fancy or expensive — just a few kind words will do!

Additionally, writing notes is a great way to encourage the elderly when they don't get out as much. Letter writing can be therapeutic in more ways than you might think!

4. Surprise Meals

Sometimes the elderly feel under the weather or need a day to relax, so they don't have time to prepare a meal. That's where surprise meals come in. Some ideas for surprise meals include:

 • A surprise pizza delivery

 • A home-cooked meal by a neighbor

 • A delivery of take-out food

 • A box of treats from your local grocery store

There are many ways to help out when you see someone in need. No matter what you do, from something as simple as cooking a meal, to something more involved, you can make an older adult's day!

5. Crossing the Road with a Senior

Many seniors struggle to walk, so it’s not surprising that crossing the street can be difficult. Sadly, some do not even have safe sidewalks in which to walk.

It's a huge relief for older people when someone else is willing to help them cross the road or even hold their hand. It can be especially beneficial when crossing busy streets or intersections without pedestrian crosswalks.

6. Offering to Run Errands for Them

While we all have busy lives, there's nothing more satisfying than being able to help someone who needs extra help. It's a wonderful way to show gratitude for someone else's situation and provide a little comfort by doing little things for them, whether it's dropping off their mail, picking up their groceries, or even checking in and ensuring they're okay.

7. Offer a Ride when They Need One

A ride is always helpful when you're getting older, especially if you live in a rural area or have mobility issues. However, asking for one can be difficult since the person in need might be embarrassed or feel to be an inconvenience.

This is why it's so awesome when people make an offer without being asked. It's incredibly thoughtful and kind and makes the older person feel appreciated.

8. Helping Out With Chores

A house's daily chores can seem overwhelming when you're living on your own. Sometimes, all it takes is for someone to notice that a senior is struggling and offer to lend a helping hand!

This help can be anything from clearing the table after a meal to loading the dishwasher, which every person needs. This is also a great way to bond with someone because you're getting to know them better and helping them out in the process!

9. Give a Good Conversation

Despite the busy pace of daily life, you can always find time for a little kindness. Sitting down and having a pleasant conversation with an older adult can make their day. They'll love being able to share their stories with someone who's listening. And if you aren't sure what to say, ask them about their life! It doesn't have to be much, but a sincere conversation shows you care.

10. Give Them a Hug

One way to show that you care is to offer them a hug! It doesn't matter how old or young you are — a simple hug can go a long way. In fact, it has been proven that hugs can reduce stress and even boost the immune system!

So, next time you see an older person who looks like they could use a hug, ask if you can give them one.

11. Give Them Flowers and Chocolates

Sometimes all it takes to brighten someone's day is a bunch of flowers and chocolates. The elderly are often forgotten, but they're still people with feelings who deserve to be treated with love and respect.

Giving flowers and chocolates can be a great way to show your appreciation for these amazing people who have helped shape our world into what it is today!

12. Letting an Elderly Cut the Line

In a world where we are often all hustle and bustle, it's nice to take a moment to think about how you can be kind to the elderly. While there's no need to treat them like fragile flowers, it's a nice gesture to let them cut the line at the grocery store or have their coffee first. It's a small act that will make their day — and yours!


Kindness is a beautiful feeling, and it's something that we should learn to practice more often in our lives. We live in a world that has become obsessed with what we have rather than who we are, but an act of kindness can help remind us of the importance of humanity.

Written By

Andrea Gibbs

Andrea Gibbs is the Content Manager at SpringHive Web Agency, a company that offers web design services, maintenance, and Internet marketing. She specializes in content marketing, social media, and SEO. She also serves as a blog contributor at Serenity Senior Care. She's an avid personal development enthusiast and an expert in the field of health and fitness. When she's not writing, she can be found running hills or hiking trails, rooting for her favorite team (the Pittsburgh Steelers), or watching a good Netflix series.

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