As you probably already know, senior isolation—the loneliness and separation seniors living on their own or in assisted living can feel—can have a negative effect on one’s emotional, mental and physical wellbeing… but fortunately, there are countless ways to combat it. In today’s blog, we will be sharing ten fun ways to keep in touch (or spend time) with your senior loved one.
Pay them a surprise visit
A surprise visit to your senior loved one’s home or assisted living facility is a great way to brighten their day. If you live locally, bring the family and stop in for a visit, then plan out the rest of the day together.
Spend a day in the park
Your nearest park is often the best place for a nice picnic, leisurely strolls, birdwatching, simply walking around… whatever suits you and your senior parent best! With warmer weather just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a sunny day at the park.
If you can’t be there in person, you can still help curb your parent’s loneliness through the help of technology. Try online messaging or video chatting, which will give your parent the chance to feel like they’re right there with you and your family.
Bring Fido along
Pets are naturally great ways to lift anyone’s spirits—so bring your dog or cat to visit with your senior parent! It will give both Fido and your parent some quality time together.
Host a family dinner
If you’ve been meaning to spend more time with your parent, have them over for regular family dinners. These dinners—whether they’re homemade or enjoyed at a nearby restaurant—are fantastic ways to spend time with one another and share the past week’s high points, low points and just plain silly stories.
Do a favorite activity together
What is your parent’s favorite activity? Whether it’s board games, sewing, gardening, or something else entirely, make some time to do it with them as a means of bonding.
Walk and talk
Enjoy a leisurely walk with your parent around their neighborhood—you’ll both be able to get in your daily exercise, all while spending quality time together outdoors.
Have fun at the beach
Even if you don’t feel like swimming or sunbathing, a day at the beach can be just the trick for bringing the family together. Pack a tasty picnic (and a few cozy blankets, if it’s cold!) and enjoy the sights and sounds of your favorite strip of coastline.
Work on a project
Whenever you get together, why not devote some time to a special project? This might mean a painting, for example, or a special family scrapbook.
If music’s in your blood, you and your parent can enjoy playing together! Whether you both sing, play the piano or another musical instrument, having fun while playing your favorite songs is an enjoyable way to spend any afternoon, indoors or out.
Which of these ideas do you plan on trying with your senior loved one? Whether you live near or far away, there’s always an easy way to spend time with one another.