To learn how to grow old is the master-work of wisdom and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.

Henri Frederic Amiel

Recently I came across a very short (3 minute) video about that most sacred of rituals–the once-a-week beauty parlor appointment. While it may seem trivial to some, for women of a certain generation, time spent at the salon is not only important for maintaining their self esteem and image, it’s an essential source of connection too.

As people age, it often becomes more and more difficult to get to some of those appointments or gatherings that have played such a crucial role in their weekly routine.  IVC is often able to help connect some of these dots. Our volunteers step forward in a myriad of ways to enable our care receivers to maintain their dignity, independence and quality of life. 

Taking people to doctors’ appointments is certainly a very significant part of what our volunteers do, and many hours and miles are spent transporting care receivers in our community to these appointments. But IVC volunteers also help bring care receivers to the Senior Center, to concerts, to the library and yes, even to the beauty parlor. Connections are made along the way, and people remain active and engaged with the world around them. Another upshot that often occurs is the relationship that emerges between the care receiver and the volunteer.

Here’s a link to that 3-minute video called Beauty and Wisdom. It’s really quite sweet. I hope you enjoy it!