Aloha is...coffee and conversation with one of my favorites in my gray-haired posse.
Isn't Ken handsome? This 92-year-old proud Marine Corps veteran served in two wars and met the love of his life at a Sadie Hawkins dance! Our biggest connection is that we're both from Connecticut, but met here in San Diego.
Ken is extremely active and still drives! He attends a "lunch bunch" with a group of buddies every week, where each person in the group gets to select the restaurant, but doesn't tell you where you're going until you're there! He also attends a monthly book club. He is a voracious reader with a photographic memory, so he can read through a book in as little as two days!
But my favorite past-time with Ken is going to the movies. He and our other friend, Dennis, love to go to Angelika Movie Theatre where they get to sit back with their legs up in their fancy recliner chairs. We have had an amazing time together watching and critiquing movies that revolve around music, like "Mama Mia 2," "A Star is Born," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Green Book," and "Rocketman."
Do you spend any time with the elderly? The elderly have so much to offer in aloha. They love to listen, give advice, tell stories, share their wisdom, laugh and drink coffee! I haven't met a senior citizen yet that doesn't need nor want a cup o' Joe to perk them up. Here, Ken and I met at Nutmeg Cafe, where Ken was blown away by the design they made with the foam in his cup. See? Even at 92, you can still see, learn and do new things!
The elderly can sometimes get anxious or depressed because of what they can no longer do as a result of their physical limitations, memory loss or lack of access to transportation. I urge you to do what you can to show a senior citizen today that they still matter and deserve to be heard, loved, supported and to feel safe.
Live, Love and Lead with Aloha!