We all naturally have resistance to yielding some of our independence and accepting help for things we once could do by ourselves. But especially in an increasingly complex society, it is wise to focus on the things we can do and also to make use of resources that connect us with others — not just our comfortable circle of friends and family, but also people and organizations we may have never known.
Gracefully giving up our need to control all aspects of our lives opens us up to new opportunities to share our gifts with others and to stimulate new vitality for ourselves.
Recent research from the Plough Foundation shows:
Neighbors can play a major role in helping one another, a win-win situation with no cost to governmental agencies or charities;
In Shelby County, 83 percent of seniors said they and their neighbors routinely help one another with errands or chores; and
Approximately 90 percent of seniors feel their neighbors are honest, trustworthy and willing to help.