For kids, the best thing about fall is jumping in the leaves. Getting a pillowcase full of candy on Halloween might come close, but jumping in that first pile of leaves is still at the top of the list. As we get older and our joints become slightly less elastic, we begin to appreciate the color of the leaves more than their potential for play. Even after it becomes a chore, though, many adults still name raking leaves as one of their favorite fall activities. And why not? It’s a great way to get exercise, to spend time outdoors, and maybe to watch your kids play in the leaf piles. For many senior adults, though, this task becomes more difficult, and a lawn full of fallen leaves can be an overwhelming thing, rather than an enjoyable one.
Fortunately for seniors in Madison, we have a great group of volunteers who are willing to help out with raking leaves each fall. These volunteers come from all walks of life, young and old, students, families, service groups, and neighbors, and they are enthusiastic about helping. Volunteers with our Home Chore Program can help adults on an as-needed, one-time, or ongoing basis, and since rakes are provided they don’t need to bring anything but themselves. It’s just one way to make a difference in the community, and in the lives of senior adults. If you’re interested in becoming a Home Chore Volunteer, or if you are a senior who could use assistance, please let us know!