Check in on a senior citizen and make sure they are healthy, taking good care of themselves, and feeling happy about their lives. You might be asked to provide minor (non-medical) help like changing light bulbs, assisting with a technology they are having trouble with, or lifting something that is a little too heavy for them.
Just knowing that you are coming to visit gives many seniors a bright spot in their week, and they can provide you with interesting conversation and stories about their lives.
Visit a senior in their home or a hospital, and read a book of their choosing aloud to them. This is an opportunity for senior citizens that do not have many visitors to enjoy your company and to relax while being read to. It is also an opportunity to expand your reading horizons and lean more about the life of your senior mentor.
Volunteers can commit to reading only one book, spread over a few visits, or to regularly visiting seniors over the course of a year.
Using your own filming and editing resources (a high-quality cell phone works great) record senior citizens as you interview them about how life has changed since they were young, what they wish they had known before they grew up, big lessons they learned in their lives, and anything else you are curious about.
We occasionally are able to match interviewers with seniors, but most often the interviews are done with your family, neighbors, and family friends.