Hawthorne Press Tribune
The Weekly Newspaper of Hawthorne
Herald Publications - El Segundo, Hawthorne, Lawndale & Inglewood Community Newspapers Since 1911 - (310) 322-1830 - Vol. 62, No. 45 - November 5, 2020
The Hawthorne Police Department Recognizes
Our Hard Working High School Students
Since the start of the new school year (Distance Learning), our SRO’s have partnered with Intervention Specialists of CVUHSD & Hawthorne High School to conduct home visits and meet with our students. For students struggling in school, they were offered several resources
ranging from tutoring, technical support, and restorative services (family counseling/youth development). On the flip side, we also rewarded a handful of students who have perfect attendance and good grades. Help us celebrate and continue to build the youth in our
community. Photo courtesy Hawthorne Police Department.
Ways To Make A Difference
In A Senior’s Life
(BPT) - Did you know that by 2040, 20%
of Americans will be 65 and older? As the
population of older adults increases, it’s crucial
to recognize and celebrate the rich depth of
experience, talents and unique perspectives
of such a large segment of the country. Yet,
all too often, older people are overlooked
Eve Gelb, senior vice president of member
and community health for SCAN Health Plan,
which provides Medicare Advantage coverage
to more than 200,000 older Americans,
describes ways to “shine a light” on older
people in a TEDx talk from February 2020.
Her advice for connecting meaningfully with
seniors is even more vital in the pandemic
landscape, when so many have become isolated
from friends and family.
Gelb stresses the importance of empathy
- the ability to imagine what someone else’s
experience is like. She says empathy is crucial
for understanding and shining a light on people
who might otherwise become withdrawn and
disconnected from their communities.
“When people aren’t actively engaged,
they decline, and they decline faster,” says
Gelb. “Human interaction has been shown
to slow the aging process.”
Gelb recommends what she calls “microvolunteering.”
Similar to other kinds of
volunteering, micro-volunteering offers the
opportunity to brighten someone else’s life
- and reap the rewards of feeling good by
knowing you made someone else feel good.
However, unlike regular volunteering,
micro-volunteering does not demand a huge
time commitment or a major change to your
lifestyle. It simply means finding small ways
throughout your daily life to shine a little
light on someone who could benefit from the
help, the empathy and the attention - even
for just a short time - to feel more included
in the world around them.
Make it a regular habit to call your older
friend, neighbor or family member each week,
so they have a friendly conversation to look
forward to. Ask them about their life, and
tell them stories about yours. Gelb says this
is an activity SCAN encourages by offering
employees paid time off to volunteer.
Offering to get some groceries or a prescription
for an older person can make their lives
a lot easier. Don’t wait to be asked for help,
as someone living alone may be reluctant to
reach out. Just call and say, “I’m heading out to
the store - can I pick something up for you?”
Make sure any vulnerable person you
know has face masks, hand sanitizer and the
ability to order or ask for what they need.
Mask up and offer to help them sanitize
their doorknobs and phone after you drop
by with a delivery. Help them use video
conferencing to communicate with family
members or friends.
Drop by with a care package containing
things they might like to do: a jigsaw puzzle,
a deck of cards, large print books or crosswords.
If you’re a good cook or have a green
thumb, bring them a sample of your latest
dish, offer to help with yard work, or bring
them a plant that’s easy to care for - and
that gives you a reason to stop by to check
on them next time.
Making a regular connection, especially
with someone who lives alone, can have a
huge impact on their overall well-being. To
explore more ways to help seniors live a
more fully engaged and connected life, visit
SCAN’s Volunteer Action for Aging page at
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