It’s not hard for us to get caught up in the activities of our everyday lives. From taking the kids to soccer practice to the increasing demands of our work schedules, life just continues to find ways to get away from us. As we battle the hectic schedules that we seemingly create for ourselves, it can be easy to forget to spend time with loved ones who are aging. As sad as this is, it’s often times true.
Whether your aging loved one is in a nursing home, has limited mobility, or enlisting the aid of at home health care, there are still ways for you to schedule and plan activities for all of you to participate in. Here are a few ideas:
Puzzles and Crafts
We may joke with our parents and grandparents about not being as quick-witted and sharp as they used to be, but it’s true. As the aging process occurs, brain activity and motor skills can begin to slow down and diminish. Engaging in puzzles and crafts are a good way to keep aging loved one’s minds active daily. Group crosswords, large jigsaw puzzles, and scrapbooking are great, simple activities to do as a group.
No matter how old or young you are, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important. A great way to spend time with your parents or grandparents that are aging is to exercise regularly. Many home health care aides advocate for the incorporation of daily activity. This helps your aging loved one to get on their feet and stay active instead of sitting in a wheelchair, in their room, or in front of a television all day. Some exercise ideas include nature walks and low impact aerobics classes.
If there is one thing that has changed over the years but has remained a consistent unifying force for generations, it’s music. Nothing brings people together more than music. Maybe food is a close second, but music takes the cake. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to talk to your loved one about music, we guarantee you’ve seen their face light up at the thought of their favorite songs. Another activity that is a good idea for your teens to get involved in would be to create a playlist with your aging loved one of all of your favorite songs. Then, sit back, relax, and have a listening party of your playlist. You may find that you actually like Frank Sinatra or your grandmother is a huge Jay Z fan. You have tons of possibilities.
We have so much to learn from our parents and grandparents. Keep in mind, as we age, so are our parents and loved ones. Always make time to plan activities with your aging loved ones and spend time with them while you still have them around.