Spending time with an elderly parent is always a great opportunity to provide an exciting and energizing day for both you and them. It’s easy for seniors to fall into a routine, and scheduling in a day to try a few new things with them is the perfect opportunity to explore and have a little change.
3 Easy Ways to Have an Exciting Day with Your Elderly Parent:
-Play a board game or bring a ‘Brain Challenge’
While board games are one of the oldest tricks in the books, they are an incredible way to increase the energy of a day spent with a senior and can be an enjoyable way to exercise their mind and keep them sharp. Games like Connect Four, Scrabble, Chess, Checkers or a simple crossword puzzle are great, as they provide the ability to move at a slower pace if needed. These games allow both players to take time in between turns to pause and think if they’re feeling tired or want to rest. Games like Boggle, Scattergories or Taboo can be fun games which move at a faster pace if all players are comfortable with a more rapidly progressing game.
Playing board games or doing puzzles helps keep seniors sharp and alert, and can easily brighten their day with intellectual fun and social stimulation.
-Listen to music or a podcast together
Spending an entire day talking with your elderly parent can occasionally lead to dead ends or stretches of silence where you either opt for a TV show or the day ends early. Instead, picking a podcast you both like and listening to the new episodes once per week together could create a more engaging way to consume new content which is both stimulating and educational.
Some interesting interview-based podcasts are the Tim Ferriss show or Long Story Short with Bobbi Brown. If both of you have a favorite artist, then make it a habit to listen to their music when you visit. Creating these rituals which bring recurring joy can be an excellent way to engage with your elderly parent or friend.
-Write down three great things that happened that day
Another excellent way to disrupt routine in a positive way is to remind ourselves that each day is unique by writing down three highlights of the day at the end of each day. While this might not become a habit right away for your parent or friend, making it a habit every time you spend time together can demonstrate to them the value in reflecting on the good that happened each day, refreshing their mental health and energizing them for the next visit. A great way to start this habit out is to bring a journal especially for your ‘highlights’, and ensure you or your elderly parent write in the journal before the day comes to an end.
Trying out one, two, or all three of these tips can aid in making the next day you spend with the senior in your life more energizing and memorable!
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care in Alabaster, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan still owns and operates a successful accounting firm in Pelham.She believes that the combination of her business experience and compassion for others is a perfect blend to grow Senior Legacy into a leader in the senior home care industry.Susan is committed to the further growth of Senior Legacy’s clients, employees, and surrounding community.
Susan has four wonderful children, and three amazing grandkids.She loves spending time with her family and enjoys traveling and gardening in her down time.
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