September 11th is National Grandparent’s Day, a time to celebrate the special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren. While the day is mostly about showing your appreciation for the older generation, it can also be a great opportunity for Caregivers to spend time with and gain some advice and wisdom from their elders. Here are five tips on how to make the most of this special day.
Thank your grandparents for all they’ve done for you: Believe it or not, grandparents are indispensable. Whether they are looking after young children in the family or cooking a meal for Sunday dinner, grandparents seem to always show up when needed. Express your gratitude for them by simply saying “thank you”.
Spend time with them, whether that means going out to eat or visiting them at home: Include your grandparents in your plans for the day on September 11th. Whether you are looking to go out to eat for the day or looking to cook dinner for the evening, extend an invitation, you may just make their day!
Show them how much you appreciate them with a small gift or thoughtful gesture: Sometimes simply saying thank you isn’t adequate enough. Check out this article to find out 10 ways you can show gratitude when “Thank You” is inadequate.
Tell stories about your childhood and the things you loved doing together: Reminiscing on the good times is always a great time to spend time with your loved one and can end up putting a smile on their face. Take a stroll down memory lane to make your grandparent laugh or smile.
If your grandparents live far away, Facetime or Skype with them so they can be a part of the day: If your grandparents live far away, don’t worry, with the age of technology there is always a way to include your grandparents on their special day.
Whether you’re spending time with your grandparents today or not, make sure to take the time to appreciate them. They’ve likely had a lot of life experiences that they can share with you if you’re willing to listen. And who knows? You may learn something new that changes the course of your life.
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Back-to-school season is swiftly approaching! It’s time to start thinking about how to make the most of your family time before the school year begins. There are plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied and happy, but it often takes a little bit of planning to make sure everything runs smoothly. Here are some tips for Caregivers to make the most of their family time before the school year begins:
If you have young children, take advantage of the warm weather and get outside for some active play. Visit a nearby park or playground, go for a bike ride, or just let them run around in the backyard. Playing together is always a blast when done as a family.
Older kids and teens may be more interested in indoor activities, such as playing video games or watching movies. Relax by playing a board game with your older children or watching a movie together. It’s still important to encourage them to get up and move around every once in a while. Suggest going for a walk around the neighborhood or playing a game of catch in the backyard.
For aging loved ones and clients, quality time together can be even more important. Try to schedule outings or activities that everyone in the family can enjoy, such as picnics, trips to the zoo, or visiting a local museum. Many museums offer discounted rates for families during certain hours of the day/weekend. [Check out my blog ‘How to Get Active With Your Aging Client Or Loved One‘ to learn about more activities you can do with your aging client(s) or loved one(s) this month!]
Don’t forget to take some time for yourself and plan ahead as much as possible. As Caregivers our schedules can be pretty hectic, so be sure to enlist the help of other family members or friends when needed, and take breaks when you can. Remember that taking care of yourself is essential to being able to provide care for others.
It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and the school year is about to begin, but with a little bit of planning, you can make sure that everyone in the family enjoys some quality time together before the busyness of back-to-school season begins. Although we can’t slow down time, there are still plenty of things we can do to make the most of our family time, so enjoy it while you can.
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As caregivers, we are always looking for fun activities to do with our aging clients or loved ones. This month, we’ve put together a list of some fun activities that you can enjoy with your loved one! Whether you’re looking for something to keep them active and engaged, or just want to spend some quality time together, these activities are sure to please. So get out there and have some fun!
Visit the different farmer’s markets in your community: August is a great time for you and your aging client or loved one to visit your local farmer’s market and support local farmers! Take your client or loved one out to enjoy some quality time by picking fresh produce to make a healthy meal this month!
Make a list of good lunch ideas the children might like at school: With school swiftly approaching, many parents are preparing for their children to go back to school. If this is the case for you, be sure to have your aging client or loved one help write down different lunch ideas the children might enjoy!
Make homemade ice cream: Who doesn’t love ice cream on a hot summer day? Check out this link to learn how you can make homemade ice cream in 5 minutes!
Go to lunch for National Senior Citizens Day on August 21st! Show your aging client or loved one some love and appreciation by taking them to their favorite restaurant on August 21, 2022.
Go for a bicycle ride around the neighborhood: The summer months are a perfect time to go bike riding in your neighborhood. Take your aging client or loved one out for some exercise and fun. I’m sure they will love it!
Aging doesn’t have to mean slowing down. In fact, with a little creativity and plenty of love, it can be a time for fun and exploration. So go ahead and try out one of these activities – we guarantee you won’t regret it! And if you do, well, there’s always homemade ice cream waiting for you.