We have a dear friend who has been a music teacher for most of her adult life, and for whom music has always been a huge part of her life. She is now 89, and is still the proud owner of not only a record player, but also a large number of beloved albums. In addition, she has a good collection of CDs and also enjoys listening to music on the radio. All of these channels for enjoying her lifelong passion for music are hooked up to a single music system in her home for easy, convenient listening.
Today we joined her for an early Christmas celebration, and her very first words out of her mouth were a request for me to figure out why she couldn’t listen to any music. She had been dog-sitting several days ago, and at one point the dog had been rummaging around her stereo system and got tangled in the cords. The next thing our friend knew was that she no longer had any music in her life. So she assumed the solution must be complicated and that she would have to do without. It took me all of 15 seconds to determine that the main power cord had been pulled out of the wall–nothing else, just that. As music once more flooded the room, I was struck once again by how often assistance for seniors does not have to be high tech and complex–often all that’s needed is someone able to see a bit better, bend a bit more easily at the joints, reach a bit further…keep your eyes and ears open for your opportunity to be that “someone”!