Roles Help to Give our Lives Meaning
A role is the purpose that someone has in a situation, organization, society, or relationship. Every day in our lives we play a variety of roles. We may be a mother, father, spouse, teacher, manager, child, neighbor, care partner, volunteer, etc. Each of the roles we play have a variety of tasks and responsibilities associated with them. We often identify certain roles with social status or standing. Think about it- What is one of the first things you often ask someone when meeting them? “What do you do?” Our roles make us feel good about ourselves. Following the Montessori philosophy, we want to give elders the opportunity to have roles taking care of themselves, others, and the community.
List all of the roles you have in a typical week.
Thin about the elders for whom you care. What roles do you think the elders had before living with dementia or living in a long term care community?
What are roles we can give back to elders?
Make a list of the elders for whom you are and the roles they would all enjoy doing.
How can we support them in doing this?
Will you volunteer to work someone so so they can regain a role?
Here are some roles and responsibility that elders in your community might enjoy:
Making one’s bed
Dusting one’s bedroom
Tidying one’s room
Putting away laundry
Setting the table
Participating in meal preparation
Clearing the table
Wiping off the table
Greeting others at meals
Passing out snacks
Filling condiment containers
Sweeping the floor
Dusting the shelves
Folding letters/stuffing envelopes
Watering the plants
Giving a hand massage
Helping with manicures
Greeting visitors at special events
Planning menus on a committee
Filling the bird feeders
Reading to children