Talking About: Senior Citizens

You can use these differing ability talking points to discuss senior citizens with your children. Use your parental discretion when determining which topics are appropriate for your child. For additional support when you sign up for A Magic Penny event, we will provide you with talking points about the specific organization we are partnering with.

Seniors

  • When people get very old, like grandparents and great-grandparents, there bodies may not work as well as they used to…
  • Seniors may not hear or see as well as they used to…
  • Seniors may not be able to walk or do other activities as well as you…
  • Sometimes a senior’s memory doesn’t work as well as it used to…

Nursing Homes and Assisted Living

  • Sometimes a senior needs help from nurses or doctors…
  • It can be difficult or dangerous for a senior to live alone, so sometimes seniors move into a special home with other seniors and people there help them…
  • Nursing homes and senior centers provide care for seniors, and many of them live there…

What We Can Do

  • We can visit and fill a senior center with love, energy, and comfort
  • We can do an art project with seniors to lift their spirits…
  • We can help if they have trouble seeing, hearing, or using their hands…
  • We can hear their story or tell jokes together…
  • We can talk about our favorite colors, music, and art while we work…

What We Might See

  • A senior may look a little different but is a regular person on the inside just like you…
  • How do you think a senior may look different than you?…
  • A senior may wear a hearing aid or may sit in a wheelchair…
  • You may need to repeat something or speak loud and clear…
  • You may notice a senior’s hands shaking…

Created by Tracy Wiessbrod. © 2016 A Magic Penny. All rights reserved.