When Brenda Gibbons worked as a hairdresser, she saw herself as someone who served her community. Her work gave her a sense of purpose.
After retirement, she moved into The Hidenwood, a Retirement Unlimited community in Newport News, Va. There, she became a member of the Pink Ladies Club, a group of residents who help new residents get settled in.
“It allows me the opportunity to serve again and to give back,” Gibbons says. “I enjoy assisting with tasks and helping new residents to get around the community.”
Residents in senior living communities can be a valuable resource for helping their peers through new adjustments and tough times. Some senior living communities team with their residents to develop programs that give residents the opportunity to serve their peers in creative ways, providing both support for others and purpose for themselves.