Each year, National Senior Citizens Day is observed on August 21st. Whether you are a long-time celebrator of this day or are just hearing about it for the first time, Palm Beach respite home care experts have some great suggestions for spending the day with your senior loved one and making him or her feel appreciated.
1. Bring the Grandkids Over
Children are a great source of joy to the seniors who love them and are a reminder that life continues. Take some time to arrange a visit with your loved one and the special kids in his or her heart. Try to arrange an in-person visit if possible, but grandkids who live far away can still send their love. If your loved one doesn’t have a computer with a webcam, bring over a laptop that does and set up a Skype call with those faraway children.
2. Do Something New
Many seniors don’t get to experience new things or partake in hobbies as much as they’d like. Consider the types of activities your loved one enjoys, which may range anywhere from doodling in adult coloring books to watching animals on television. Once you’ve narrowed down your loved one’s interests, find a way to spend the day together doing an activity along those lines. For example, you can go to a painting class together or arrange a trip to the zoo or a local farm.
3. Give a Gift
Though saying “I love you” doesn’t have to come with anything attached, a gift can make a senior feel special. Seniors are often on tight budgets and can’t afford to buy the things they want because they need to pay the bills. This is especially true for seniors who live alone or have lost their spouses. It shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out what your loved one would really like to have, whether it’s a new outfit or the latest book by his or her favorite author.
4. Spend Time Reminiscing Together
When providing Palm Beach, FL, senior care to your loved one, you may not always have adequate time to just sit and talk. Perhaps your loved one wants to talk about the days when he or she was young but the time is never there. Carve out some time to let your loved one reminisce about past memories, and bring memory books, old photo albums, or even family movies to help spark memories and conversation. You might have fun reminiscing as well, and you might even learn something new about your family history.
5. Arrange for a Day of Pampering
Seniors are often so busy thinking about others that they may not stop to take time for themselves. Money can be a concern, and there may not be room for many extra treats. Set up a day to pamper your loved one. Whether you get together with your mother to give each other facials and paint each other’s fingernails or take your father out for a fresh shave and a haircut, your loved one will feel special because you took the time to arrange such a special day. As a bonus, try to include some of your loved one’s friends in the activity. Some seniors don’t spend as much time with other seniors as they should, but getting together with peers is an important part of life.
When spending time with your loved one on National Senior Citizens Day, take the time to determine if he or she needs help living at home independently. At Home Care Assistance, our respite and 24-hour caregivers can assist with exercise, cooking, grocery shopping, bathing, and many other tasks. We also offer specialized Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and post-stroke care Palm Beach, FL, seniors can rely on. Call a friendly Care Manager today at 561.429.8292 to learn more.