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.
According to the interviews, we got to know senior citizens like activities on plant nursing. On December 1, 13 senior citizens and 17 volunteers participated in plant nursing activity held by Management Institute of Chongqing Technology University and Youth Association.
To promote the participants to know well with each other within the group, the social worker introduced the contents, purpose and meaning of the activity. They also helped the senior citizens to do self-introduction. Grandpa Li’s self-introduction surprised people. He is 106 years old. He is still healthy except his hearing is not very good. He likes playing Majiang and plants. Then the social worker played a video to demonstrate how a plant grow, from sprout, growing up to mature, which just like the process of a life of people. Its similarity caused emotional resonance among the senior citizens. Every day has almost the same life process. What we can do is to let each stage of our life become meaningful. Cherish the present and do not leave regrets.
After sharing, social workers and volunteers gave plant, flowerpot, earth and plastic gloves to them and assisted them to plant trees. The senior citizens chose their plants they like and start to work with them. They were very careful to plant and take care of each piece of plant. Unexpectedly, we found all senior citizens were good at planting. They did each step in an orderly way. Soon, pots of plants were seen. Looking at the flowers they had planted, their eyes were swelled with pity. Then the social workers asked the senior citizens to give a name to their pot plant and stick with a label. They would love and take care of their plants. Granny Ou gave a name, Xiao Jiaojiao to her plant. She said Xiao Jiaojiao is her little baby and will accompany her for the rest of life, so she would take good care of it.
The green or little flowers let the senior citizens have more expectation about them. We hope them be rewarded from the life of plant.
Original article written by Ling Feng, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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