May 14 Care Mission

Call a Senior

The Facts: 11.3 million seniors live alone, according to the Institute on Aging. Of older adults living outside of nursing homes, nearly one third of them live alone. Who is most at risk? Women. They are twice as likely as older men to live by themselves. And as age increases, so does the likelihood of living alone. Helping is an easy call to make!

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Call a Senior

Texting is an easy way to keep in touch, but sometimes picking up the phone is the best way to get the job done. Call a senior parent, relative, or neighbor and be a caring voice on the other end of the line.

Is small talk a struggle for you? Here are some tips to get the conversation started:

  1. Ask them about their family, such as their grandchildren.

  2. Ask them about hobbies or recent activities.

  3. Ask them for advice. Older adults have a lot of life experience, and you could benefit from their wisdom.

Now you’re ready to dial in some care.

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Community Comments

  1. I call my sister-in-law 3 times a week to see how she is doing.

    10 Missions Completed
  2. I called my Aunt and Uncle in Florida just to say Hi and connect with them!

    2 Missions Completed
  3. Just got back from vacation so called to share some adventures with my senior Mom!

    3 Missions Completed
  4. I have not talked with my senior dad in a long time. I reached out to say hello and see how he has been.

    4 Missions Completed
  5. I left my senior dad a voice mail message.

    4 Missions Completed
  6. While out of town with my family, we ate lunch at a restaurant recommended by my 91 year old grandmother. I called her after the incredible meal to tell her how much we enjoyed it! We discussed what she usually orders when she has visited there in the past.

    9 Missions Completed
  7. Called an elderly friend I hadn’t talked to her in a few months. It was great to touch catch up again.

    3 Missions Completed
  8. I called a senior today and it felt so good talking to someone wise like my grandmother they are full of live and wisdom

    2 Missions Completed
  9. It had been a while since I spoke with this lady. She was friends with a lady whom I cared for, my client passed away. So I thought I would reach out to her 97 year old friend. She was tickled I phoned her up. She said she is lonely, and how nice it was to chat. She was very sweet, she said if you get another chance, please call again. Of course I hung up and burst into tears.

    27 Missions Completed
  10. I called 2 seniors and we had amazing conversations!!! It really made me feel good!!! We laughed and talked, I listened !!

    19 Missions Completed
  11. I was amazed when my grandma sent me messages through Facebook! and I tried
    too call her but seems like she’s still practicing using it so it took several times before she answered. she’s really an amazing millennial grandma.

    Christine Lee
    3 Missions Completed
  12. I have been trying to help a Senior Lady I met thur her Grandson. She has many issues! I am working thru the local Council on Aging to find her a place to stay that will give her the support she needs! It has been challenging yet very rewarding!! I will continue to work with her until her issues are resolved. I thank the Good Lord for the opportunity to serve !!

    1 Mission Completed

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*For every care mission completed on the Ready to Care website,, Home Instead, Inc. pledges to donate $1 to the GIVE65℠ program (up to $10,000) through July 31, 2019. GIVE65 is the first and only crowd-funding platform exclusively devoted to helping nonprofits create hope for seniors and enhance the lives of aging adults.