Senior Center: Companion
Grounded on core values of respect, love, and service to the elderly, the Xin Yue Senior Citizen Service Center of Chongqing, China, promotes social work services for senior citizens and builds harmonious living environment for them.
At the corner of the entertainment room, Granny Gong was playing classic music on a harmonium while Grandpa Yao was sitting bedside and singing a song with the music. They are not couple, but the scene was moving.
Granny Gong used to be an instructor at school and she was interested in music and learned to play harmonium. We learned later that she had broken her right leg, so she could not push hard with her right foot. The sound of the harmonium seemed low, but she did not mind and kept practicing.
Grandpa Yao used to be a basketball coach. Though he is sportive, he also loves music. He said his voice is not very nice. Even so, he would like to watch and sing when he saw Granny Gong was playing harmonium. Their ages are close, and Gandpa Yao often praised Granny Gong’s playing.
I could not help being moved when I saw them playing and singing together. I often heard people saying the aged are sophisticated or some negative words. Actually, each people lives in different environment, and they have different personality, hobbies and values. We should learn from their rich experiences and respect them. We encourage senior citizens to pick up their interests again and enjoy the life.
Original article written by Ling Feng, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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