Sep 10 Care Mission

Help a Senior at the Grocery Store

Reach up, carry a bag, open a door – all at the grocery store. When you're shopping, complete your care mission by offering to give a senior an extra helping hand.

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The Facts: Mobility, arthritis, or crowded aisles can make grocery shopping a bit harder for some seniors. Reaching up or stooping low may be difficult for someone with limited mobility, while navigating a heavy cart in a crowded store can be challenging.

Even if you’re in a hurry, slow down and channel your inner empathy to help a senior who may need an extra hand. Here are five ways you can complete this care mission:

  1. Hold a door open for a senior carrying bags or pushing a cart.

  2. If you see someone struggling to reach an item placed high or low, offer to get it for them.

  3. In the parking lot, offer to take a senior’s empty grocery cart back to the return.

  4. Ask a senior if they need a hand with a heavy item, like a bag of cat food.

  5. Slow down, smile, and spread kindness. Pause for slower shoppers in the aisle. Be patient if someone is taking a long time at check out. Offer to help.

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Community Comments

  1. June

    1 Mission Completed


    Just try to always be aware of older people and a possible need of assistance when you are out and about town😊

  2. Lenore A Daw

    12 Missions Completed


    Acts of kindness no matter what age!

  3. Karol

    10 Missions Completed


    I helped a senior in the church parking lot, I held the door for her and I followed her to her seat.

    I helped a senior at an assisted living place to her room.

  4. Rita

    16 Missions Completed


    I helped a neighbor pick up fruit fallen from their tree.

  5. Nancy Cooksey

    18 Missions Completed


    I always help where I can! Seniors are my passion! They always appreciate the help and it brings a smile to both of us! 💞

  6. Donna

    8 Missions Completed


    I was patient and talked to a senior lady at Wal-Mart today.

  7. Loni

    9 Missions Completed


    Last winter, I noticed an elderly woman stuggling to push her shopping cart full of groceries through the snowy parking lot to her car. I went over and pushed her cart for her to her car. I also put her groceries in the truck for her and pushed the cart back to the store for her.

  8. Christine Marcum

    14 Missions Completed


    I saw a Senior driving a handicap cart in grocery store and he was trying to reach a shelf but could’t. I ask him if I could help and he said yes I am trying to get some chicken noodle soup but couldn’t reach it. I got him several cans from a shelf to high for him.. He thanked me .

  9. Tracy

    18 Missions Completed


    During this week I took a senior out to the store. We went to 2 stores and had a wonderful time!!

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