Progress, Visit old people's homes and offer to take them outside so they too can enjoy the onset of spring.
Maarten, posted On May 28, 2012
Preparing to dance with the elderly
Tomorrow I will give a dance class to 15 elderly people who are probably in wheelchairs, and this is what I prepared. I hope it's not to simple or to complicated! I don't have much experience with teaching dance to people who are older then me, except my parents, but they are exeptionally advanced dancers :-)
Maarten, posted On May 24, 2012
Working it out.
Remember this dance video I posted some time ago with elderly people dancing on Michael Jackson?? Well, I won't create an entire performance, but upcoming tuesday I will give a dance class to 15 elderly people! Some will be in wheelchairs, some maybe not, so I'll have to make something which is fun either way.
Thanks to the people at Sonneburgh, het Ouderenfonds and of course Sharon for making it possible!
Maarten, posted On May 14, 2012
Visiting Tante Stijnie
Yesterday I went to visit Tante Stijnie, she is a very far away relative who I maybe met once when I was a toddler. It was mothersday yesterday and since she doesn't have any children of her own, me and my mother went to visit her (this way I got to see my mom as well! :-)
She was in a good mood, since she recently moved to a new facility she enjoys being taken care of. She doesn't have to cook for herself anymore and there are always people around to help her. She seemed to enjoy our visit and talked a lot about the past (some real personal war stories).
See you next time Tante Stijnie!!
Maarten, posted On May 11, 2012
Currently I'm a little busy with work, so I'll start hanging out with people somewhere next week again... But in the mean time, check out Ben Aaron who is visiting some old friends!
Maarten, posted On May 6, 2012
The old and the beautiful
Today I first had a live interview for Radio 2 for a program called Hemelbestormers. This was nice not only due to the friendly people at the station but also because some listeners called the station since they want to help this month or because they feel like they could use some help or company. So this was great! I will try to contact everybody this week and see what I can organise and who to meet where...
And then together with Diana we went to visit Aad van Driel, who is 89 and is a very modern grandmother!
Maarten, posted On May 3, 2012
Grandpa/ma alert! Looking for an elderly man or woman!!
This month I'll try to help the elderly, but how to get in touch with those who feel like company or are in need of help?! Help me find them! Do you know somebody? Let me know! If not, share this and help me find them!!
Well, maybe this organisation could advise or or use some help? http://www.boodschappenplusbus.org/index.html
Elderly people , sitting behind their geraniums, are not the sort of people that will react on your alert. Allthough: maybe someone would like you to visit and take him, or her, out. But: that someone wil not, ever, say so in public. He , or she thinks it is not"decent".
And: fairly the most of the not that elderly people (most of the readers of your blog), not yet sitting behind geraniums but in full life, will ever tell you of someone in particular sitting old and lonely and neglected behind geraniums. Because: When that not so elderly someone would name someone, the obvious question would be: but why didn't you ever visit that lonely geranium men/woman yourself allready???!!!!
Having said this: just asking on the net for lonely elderly people, preferably in Rotterdam is not ( this is my opinion, there maybe other people with other opinions) the most effective way in spotting elderly people that would like to get out of their houses but can't.
You will have to go out of your appartment and actively (not digitally) start looking for seniors yourself. Go and do it.
@Margriet, thanks for the link! This is an unknown area for me so it helps a lot when people share their knowledge... I also got in touch with 'Het Ouderenfonds' (www.ouderenfonds.nl) and they are helping me out as well!
@Froukje, thankfully there are many ways to Rome and this is only one of the roads I'm taking. I did get responses btw and even visited somebody because of it!
This month I'm focusing my energy on the elderly. And today I did my first visit!
I think it's extremely easy to find elderly that do not come out of the house a lot: visit any elderly care facility, go to the nurses office, explain your project and set limits to the amount of time you are willing to spend! Ofcourse they first want to know if you're some kind of nutjob, but if you offer first to read a newspaper in the shared living room or something like that, so they can see for themselves... If you like, I could introduce you in Arnhem in several places ;)
Thanks Verena, I actually have quite some people already that I will probably visit! If I have more time then coming to visit people in Arnhem sounds nice! (I'm getting used to being thought of as a nutjob btw :-)
I'm part of Wake Up Utrecht and a few months ago someone there had the idea of going to an elderly care home with a small group and offer to organise some session to listen to what the elderly people would like to tell about themselves and their lives. Because it's always nice if someone wants to hear what you have to say. We have not put it into practice yet...
Maarten, posted On May 2, 2012
A new month, a new idea.
April was a fun, exciting and challenging month in many ways. There were so many ideas to improve Rotterdam and so many things to do! But for now April is finished and soon I'll make a little video summarizing the entire month... This was fun guys!
The new month
The idea for this month is: Visit old people's homes and offer to take them outside so they too can enjoy the onset of spring. (I changed it a tiny little bit, hope you don't mind Kim?)
I'm going to find an elderly home (preferably somewhere close to Rotterdam) which welcomes me with this idea. So if any of you have a suggestion, let me know, since I haven't been inside of one for a long time.
And then I'll try to help out any way I can, bring them to the park, read, listen, make tea, etc... Depending on what is needed. Maybe even dance a little bit!?! :-)
The dancing starts at 1:37