My trip to the future wasn’t nearly as intimidating as I expected. In fact, the future dwellers I met are relatively young (their 50s-60s) and able-bodied. Unkempt, but not that different from the people we meet every day on the street. And that makes me very sad.
During the last visit, I gave George a call to help locate his misplaced phone. 10 minutes later a resident came by to inquire who called. Then another one. They are so desperately bored that even the most insignificant event becomes a welcome distraction. To the point where it no longer makes sense to dress up and get out of bed in the morning.
Outside they would be busy living their lives and have no time for this nonsense. Inside, it’s as quiet as in morgue. Those people receive excellent care for their bodies, but you can’t give one life in a pill. (Despite the best possible efforts of staff to provide recreation)
And this is where I need your help. Given: George, 50yo, somewhat restricted in his use of left leg and left arm. George was a guitarist in a band and still keeps a guitar next to his bed, but can’t play anymore. What can I do?
I have an idea of his musical tastes (he liked hearing Pretty Reckless on my phone) and will bring some music. Something he could check out in his spare time. But my reserve of conversation starters is depleted and I don’t know what to ask anymore. We need to find something to do, some common activity, if this is to work.
“Red Cross volunteers provide companionship to socially isolated residents living in aged care facilities across Australia on a one to one basis.” About the Community Visitors Scheme.