As a family caregiver, you attend to your elderly parent’s practical needs, from meals and grooming to paying the bills. However, how much attention are you devoting to really having some quality time with them? It’s easy to sit in the same room and watch television, but you are missing out on an opportunity to build a relationship with each other as adults. It may be time to arrange some activities that you and your elderly parent can enjoy together and relate to each other on a whole new level.
As teens and young adults, people spend much of their effort and energy in becoming independent from their parents. After they leave home, they enter their adult lives so focused on that independence that they put those family bonds with their parents on the back burner. When the opportunity to become a family caregiver for an aging parent presents itself, it’s the ideal time for adult children to rededicate themselves to their relationship with their parents.
Here are some activities that senior parents and adult children may enjoy:
-Playing board games or card games, together or with a group.
-Sign up for a craft or art class.
-Singing in a choir.
-Buy season tickets to the community theater.
-Attend orchestra concerts.
-Volunteer together at a deserving non-profit organization.
-Start researching your genealogy.
-Grow a garden.
-Go to exercise classes or take walks together.
-Join a book club.
-Create a family cookbook.
-Take up bird watching.
-Plan a weekly movie night.
-Enroll in a free online course together.
-Try a new restaurant once a week or once a month.
-Go antique shopping or head to the farmer’s market each week.
-Book weekly massages.
-Visit local attractions, like museums and historic sites.
-Learn how to brew your own beer.
-Restore an old car.
-Cheer on the local sports teams
-Host a Sunday brunch for other family members
-Find the closest car/auto show
-Plan a trip centered around what you both love, like fishing or wine tasting
Of course, activities should be centered around the elderly parent’s physical capabilities. However, there are many activities out there that can be adjusted to fit everyone’s style and preferences.
When adult children and elderly parents are out together, it can be far too easy to slip into old habits and talk about mundane things or past arguments. Instead, make an effort to get to know each other as adults, with unique opinions and ideas. Many adult children are surprised to learn more about their parents, while the elderly moms and dads are delighted to find out more about their grown kids.
If you or an aging loved one is considering hiring homecare in Mason, OH, please contact the caring staff at Queen City Elder Care today. Serving Cincinnati and Surrounding Communities. Call Us Today (513) 510-4410.
Michele Vollmer is a visionary leader who is perpetually searching for ways to improve, so to remain at the leading edge of the home care industry.She has served in the healthcare industry since 1989, including pharmaceutical and home health sales, as well as hospice sales and sales management.
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