20081122 Parkway Meadows Senior Resident Caring Project

Parkway Meadows Senior Resident Caring Project

Prepared by Sabrina I-Hsuan Wang

Event: Senior Residents Caring Project

Purpose: Help senior residents in Parkway Meadows to clean their apartments and also to interact more with them

Date/Venue: Nov 22nd, 2008 (Saturday) 9.30-11.30am

Parkway Meadows Apartments 2575 Sandalwood Cir, Ann Arbor, MI

Number of people attended: 11

Hui Ying Chin, You Ning Lee, Urvashi, Kah Loong Chong, Kai Liang Nyoi, Jessica Chung, Sheau Wen Lew, Poh Ying Sim, Wen Xin Xiao, Edward Jan, Sabrina Wang

* English Lesson taught by You Ning, Urvashi, and Kah Loong

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感想:(by Sabrina I-Hsuan Wang)

這是第三次的居家關懷,我再次拜訪趙爺爺家。趙爺爺家裡很乾淨,兩位長輩的身體狀況也都算是健康。在我和Edward幫忙吸塵過地板,老人家熱切的請我們坐下,後來我才明白,他們希望的是年輕人來陪伴他們聊聊天,事實上並不需要我們幫忙做家事。趙爺爺說起過去為國打仗的情況,再聊到現在台灣的政治,看見爺爺氣憤的讓人很不忍心。他不時說到一半就停住,然後嘆息說這些我們年輕人沒有打過仗是不會懂的。雖然他們小孩都已經成家立業了,關心卻不多過偶爾一通的電話問候。爺爺指著牆上五年前照的家族合照,感嘆說,這是到美國後第一次全家合照,只是不知道下一次會是什麼時候?趙爺爺夫妻兩人說,想要搬回台灣住,在老人公寓住像是關在監獄裡頭,哪兒都不能去,冬天的氣候又更折磨人。我深深希望他們能盡快如願,畢竟孩子大了,也有自己的家庭,遍佈世界各地。回到家鄉才能和更多有相同文化背景的朋友共享晚年,醫療設施又方便。最後快要離開時,奶奶還端出果汁請我們。我對於我們如此短暫的陪伴感到十分不捨與抱歉,他們一個月就期盼這一天能和年輕人(我們和他孫子差不多年紀)聊聊,能有人關心,離開前他們還說,有空也歡迎我們多來坐坐。

English Class Teaching Reflection by You Ning Lee

This was my first experience teaching English to senior residents in Parkway Meadows. Scared and clueless at the beginning, I had little confidence to teach them well as English language was not my mother tongue either. After some brief explanation from Hui Ying of what to teach, I braced myself to teach at the end. It was hard to believe at first that they were all above 65 years old, with the majority of them aged 80 and above. Despite their age, they were truly young at heart. They were so excited and eager to learn English every time. From my observation, almost all of them had done some preparation earlier so as to absorb better. I was truly amazed by their spirit of learning. I was also dumbfounded by their questions. They had indeed read a lot before coming into class. I could not answer some of the questions. The way they asked question showed that they truly wanted to learn and master the knowledge. They learnt solely because learning is a journey of life and that they were more than willing to learn until the end of their lives. I was truly touched by the spirit and was ashamed of myself at the same time. Being in a competitive college, I have to admit that sometimes grades and score mattered so much to me that I tend to forget about the purpose I enrolled in college. They had certainly made my day and injected new spirit and hope into me to learn the best I could in life, and to make learning a wonderful journey of life.

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