For Elderly, A Different Kind Of 'Make A Wish'

A growing number of senior citizens nationwide are getting their wishes granted by groups in the spirit of the Make-A-Wish Foundation for sick children.

The groups, often run by volunteers, are granting wishes to seniors that range from simple things like piano lessons to flights in war-era bomber planes.

Group founders in Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Tennessee and elsewhere say they usually focus on nursing home residents, homebound seniors and those who don't have the money or ability to fulfill the wish themselves.

They're careful not to call them "last" wishes, though. And, as one organizer says, the seniors don't need to be sick to get their wish, since everyone dies eventually.


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on May 31, 2010 at 07:40 PM
    ...because the Make-a-Wish program is for the terminally ill... and elderly don't have as long left so they're thinking of that... Someone in their 20s to 50s that is thinking about the fact that retirement won't be there for them still has time to work at making their wishes happen on their own.
  • by Anonymous on May 31, 2010 at 09:41 AM
    I am all for this, don't get me wrong but how about making people who are in thier 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's on wishes come true? We are not going to have retirment, and any medicare left. Its sad and I wish it wasn't so.
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