Seniors often have abundance of time and there is untapped value in that.
A lot can be gleaned from how the Mexican state of Quintana Roo (of Cancun and Mayan Riviera fame) allows Hispanic seniors to remain engaged in learning and making a social contribution for betterment of local communities. Los Años Dorados is a perfect example of this as the center offers Tai Chi classes, guided field trips to archaelogical sites, geriatrics technical career credentialing, poetry, theater, and many more activities that support seniors' mental and physical health, too.
Los Años Dorados theater groups travel to regional hospitals, city forums, and other centers to offer plays that not only allow participating seniors to use their memory in learning long scripts, but also offer an opportunity to contribute to their communities bringing laughter and shared entertainment. The Abuelitos program, also takes these seniors to many Cancun schools where children of parents who have relocated in pursuit of hospitality jobs, have a chance to meet, hug, love and converse with local grandparents in place of those far away.
Most recently, these Hispanic seniors have become engaged in protecting the environment and serve as spokespersons for recycling, keeping the ocean clean, and even protecting the turtles during hatching season. Contests for posters and murals periodically awaken the artistic talent of seniors to promote messages that help our planet.
Won’t you please take a moment to help my parents and their colleagues 80 and older win The Golden Years mural contest by Dec. 31, 2011? Just click LIKE specifically on their blue mural of the ocean at this Facebook page to help them gain more resources for their projects.
Thank you for encouraging those whose work keeps them young and who continue to set an example for all Hispanic generations on what lifelong community commitment means.