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Your Views: Older citizens can teach us if we listen

POSTED: April 25, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Our elder citizens are an untapped, or least undertapped, resource. Working at a local craft store, I was impressed by a young certified nursing assistant’s enthusiasm for her overnight shift. She was to be sitting with an elder lady in an assisted living facility. To help fill the hours for the two of them, the CNA had enlisted the lady to teach her to crochet.

She is learning a new craft and helping the lady stay mentally active and alert.

I began to wonder how many elder citizens would benefit from the actions of this young CNA. Yes, she had a job to do, but she was making it interesting and stimulating. The time-worn crafts need to be revitalized, and what a wonderful way to do so.

Susan Crowe

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