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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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20081025 – English Lessons for Senior Residents at Parkway Meadows

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: Oct. 25th, 2008 (Saturday) 9.30-11.30am

Parkway Meadows Apartments 2575 Sandalwood Cir, Ann Arbor, MI

Number of people attended: 11

Hui Ying Chin, Kah Loong Chong, Sabrina Wang, Mei Chen Chua, Cun Yong Goh, Beth Chen, Jackson Cheng, Jessie Tsaur, Jessica Chung, Kevin Yeh, Poh Ying Sim

* English lesson taught by Hui Ying and Kah Loong

Short Description/ Outcome:

This was the second time of Caring Project at Parkway Meadows. With the help of Janet (程老師), we divided into three groups and served in five families. This time everyone was more familiar with the job, and felt more comfortable on how to interact with them. Because most of the families were the same as the first time, some seniors even recognized us. Also, some members worked really well with seniors even though this was their first time.

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20081018 – English Lessons for Senior Residents at Parkway Meadows

What: English Class

Why: To teach English to the Chinese senior residents at Parkway Meadows.

Where/When: October 18th, 2008 (Saturday) 9.30-11.00am
Parkway Meadows Apartments
2575 Sandalwood Cir, Ann Arbor, MI

Number of people who attended: 4

Szu Ling Yeap, Huey Shann Sue, Ellie Wang, Kah Loong Chong

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29081004 – English Lessons for Senior Residents at Parkway Meadows

Prepared by Szu Ling Yeap

What: English Class

Why: To teach English to the Chinese senior residents at Parkway Meadows

Where/When: October 4th, 2008 (Saturday) 2.30-4.00pm
Parkway Meadows Apartments
2575 Sandalwood Cir, Ann Arbor, MI

Number of people who attended: 4

Szu Ling Yeap, Hui Ying Chin, Hsin Hsin Lee, Kah Loong Chong

Short Description:

This was the first time we went to teach English at the senior apartment. Hui Ying and Szu Ling were the main instructors of the class, but Hsin Hsin and Kah Loong were assisting among the crowd, especially if any of the elders who were slower at understanding.

We actually had a textbook that we can follow, and it’s called English: 900 Sentences. Every chapter consisted of 15 conversation sentences, followed by various activities like verb exercises and vocabulary based on those sentences.

That Saturday, we taught the senior residents 15 new sentences and also some new vocabulary words. They were very eager to learn and paid full attention when we were teaching. They asked questions and we explained in Chinese. They liked this concept very much, because we could answer their questions in Chinese. The response from them was very encouraging that we decided to go teach them every Saturday morning except the 2nd Saturday of every month.

That was my first time teaching in a classroom-like environment and I really had so much emotions going on. I felt very happy looking at the eagerness to learn on the senior residents’ faces. Although they are old as most of them are above 65 years old, but the desire to learn still stays on. It made me realize that we, as youngsters, should put in more effort in learning. Having the chance to learn and get education is actually a blessing, and an opportunity, not a suffering, which many others think so. Also, it made me realize that teaching is not an easy job at all and we should give more respect to teachers, and not fall asleep in class.

29080927 – Parkway Meadows Senior Resident Caring Project

Prepared by Huey Shann Sue and Szu Ling Yeap

What: 居家关怀 Senior Residents Caring Project

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

Where/When: Sept 27th, 2008 (Saturday) 9.30-11.30am
Parkway Meadows Apartments
2575 Sandalwood Cir, Ann Arbor, MI

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Number of people attended: 13
Hui Ying Chin,  Sabrina/ I-Hsuan, Kah Loong Chong, Qi Pang, Mei Chen Chua, Huey Shann Sue, Szu Ling Yeap, Kai Liang Nyoi, Jesse Tsaur, Cun Yong Goh, Beth Chen, Edward Jan, Jackson Cheng, Andrew

This was our first time to start “居家关怀/Caring Project” at Parkway Meadows. We were helping Food Gatherers to pack and distribute food every month before we started this project, but we stopped taking part because they already found enough volunteers to help them with that.

We had the first meeting with Janet (程老师), 张妈妈 and 许老师 (three residents in Parkway Meadows). Janet (程老师) briefly told us the situations of the senior residents in Parkway Meadows. Then we were split into four groups to serve four families in the apartments whereas Szu Ling and Hui Ying had a meeting with Janet (程老师) and 许老师 about the English class which will start next week.

Some of us helped the senior residents to clean up their apartments, like vacuuming or washing the bathrooms, because some of them weren’t able to reach up or bend down. Some of us spent time to interact and chat with the seniors. Most of them seldom have visitors and they were so happy to see us that they even served snacks and drinks to us. We were happy to serve the four families and those grandpas and grandmas were happy to see us as well.


感想
by 俊勇

今天一大清早就去了老人公寓。此次是我在慈青第二次的活动。8点就得起床了啊。好想再多睡一会儿哦。但想起上次慈青的活动让我感触到感恩的重要,我就好期待。到了那儿,我们和老人公寓的代表(程老师,许老师与张妈妈)开了个小小的会议。程老师告诉我们这些老人们的年龄都高于60岁。 他们大多数都是受过教育的。只是年纪大了,他们不能继续工作,才住在这儿。除了与老人们谈天与帮他们清洗和打扫公寓外,我们还为他们准备了英文班。之后,我们就三人一组到老婆婆与老爷爷的公寓去。听说他们都很用心得学习!听到此,我想我是否应该检讨自己好玩与不认真的态度。开会后,我们就三人一组的开始我们的活动。在同一组的Beth,Ken和我帮了一位奶奶做些清洗工作。看到奶奶那么开心,我们都很欣慰。奶奶告诉我们她希望能有人每天陪她聊天。我觉得他们需要的是我们的关怀和陪伴。年纪大了若没人照顾真的好可怜。

我觉得也许这次时间紧促,我们并没有帮上什么忙。希望下一次 我们可以做得更好。


感想

by 凯量

这次是我第二次参加慈青的活动,感觉很好,也让我有不一样的体验。这所老人公寓跟我想象得很不一样。老人公寓附近的环境很好,很适合退休后的生活。公寓内也很安静,很悠闲,没有一点吵杂声。老人公寓的代表,Janet 老师、许伯伯和张妈妈,各个都好亲切,也博学多才。Janet老师告诉我们,在这里居住的老人,大部分是华人,都是退休人士,有工程师、教授等等。他们大多数都是因为子女们在美国而搬过来的,还有的是因为要替子女带小孩。有些行动不便的老人特别需要人帮助。经过了一轮分配,Edward、美珍和我前往我们被安排的公寓。我们被安排去的公寓,住着一对老夫妻。一见到我们,赵伯伯和赵奶奶就很热情的跟我们交流。赵伯伯和赵奶奶是广州人,在抗战时期搬到了台湾,也在那儿定居下来。他们有四个孩子,而且都在美国。这也是他们十年前搬到美国的原因。我在跟赵奶奶交谈时,能很明确的察觉到她离乡背井来到美国的辛苦。她跟我说她很想回台湾生活,可是因为子女们多在美国所以就没办法。赵奶奶和赵伯伯都非常客气,只让我们帮他们吸地板,因为赵奶奶手受过伤,不方便使用吸尘机。清理完后,赵奶奶还拿了许都食物,要我们带回去。临走前,赵伯伯和赵奶奶的一句:“你们都是我们的孙子”,深深地打动了我的心,让离乡背井的我感觉到家的温暖。这次的活动意义深重,我很期待下一期的探访。慈青,加油!

20080913 Food Gathers

Food Gatherers
Reported by You Ning Lee
Edited by Huey Shann Sue and Szu Ling Yeap

This was probably the last time we volunteered for Food Gatherers at Parkway Meadows, a low-income housing for senior citizens aged 65 and above.  As for this time, the task we did was pretty unique. We did not help out packing and distributing food as usual. Instead, we were requested to help conducting a survey about the accessibility of fresh fruits and vegetables at Washtenaw County.

The reason behind was that most of the residents are Chinese and they do not understand English well, whereas other Food Gatherers volunteers do not speak Mandarin. Tzu Chings’ help was needed as most of the Tzu Chings could converse well both in Mandarin and English. Our job was to translate and to explain the questions on the survey to them. The day before that, in order to ease our interviewing process, Huey Shann, UMTC President and Szu Ling, UMTC Vice President, had translated all the survey forms into Mandarin version and had printed out a few copies for each Tzu Chings volunteer. Tina Sang, a Food Gatherers’ intern, was amazed by our sincerity and our hard work to help out. She was in charge of giving us a briefing on how we should interview tactfully as some of the questions on the surveys might be sensitive to certain residents.

After several interviews with the senior citizens, I realized that most of them live a pretty sustainable lifestyle. They just purchase what they need for basic living. They walk, cycle or ride a bus to buy groceries. Some of them even grow their own fruits and vegetables. On average, most of them just have 100-200 dollar per months for living but they are content and grateful with their current lifestyle. However, some have to forgo eating more nutritious food due to the rising groceries price in the market.

After an hour and the half, more than 40 surveys had been completed. All the Tzu Chings had fun talking to the senior citizens and it was a pleasant experience getting to interact more with them. I hope that Food Gatherers will take action in order to provide better food accessibility to the residents.

The Food Gatherers Coordinator and Intern, Marti and Tina respectively, thanked us earnestly for the great job done. They said that they could never get that many surveys completed without our help due to language barrier. As a token of their gratitude to us, UMTC have been invited to their Food Gatherers Volunteers Appreciation Party in October. Great job, everyone! Thank you and gan en!

20070414 Food Gatherers

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