In 1988, President Ronald Reagan designated August 21st as National Senior Citizens Day to highlight the past and present contributions of older adults. The following are a few ways you can show your appreciation to your elderly loved one on this day.
1. Preserve Your Loved One’s Life Story
Seniors have years of wisdom as well as humorous and inspirational stories from their earlier years. Ask your senior loved one about the life-changing events in his or her life and record them in writing or audio for future generations. You can share the story with your immediate family or even with the rest of the world by uploading your conversation to the StoryCorps website where it will be archived at the Library of Congress.
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2. Go Through the Family Photo Album
Celebrate the day by taking a trip down memory lane with your loved one. Digging through a box of photos or an old photo album can unearth great family stories and give you greater insight into how your parent or grandparent came to be the person you know and love. You can even surprise your loved one by putting the photos on a CD that he or she can view on the computer or TV.
3. Cook Together
Every family has treasured recipes that get passed down from generation to generation. Cooking together also naturally sparks conversations and laughter. If your mother or grandmother makes the best chicken noodle soup, the fluffiest biscuits, or award-winning apple pie, ask her to teach you her recipe and secrets. If your loved one is no longer able to cook, talk about his or her favorite foods and food-related memories and help him or her prepare the meals.
If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Kingwood seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.
4. Make Handmade Cards
Have your family members create personalized cards telling the senior how much they love and appreciate him or her. If you have young children, encourage them to make extra cards they can hand out at a local nursing home. Seniors in nursing homes may not have family members nearby who can visit them on a regular basis, so an unexpected visit or a kind word may brighten their day.
5. Help with Chores
Surprise your loved one by helping him or her complete chores or tasks around the house. You can help with mowing, cleaning the gutters, or other home maintenance projects that may be too much for your loved one to handle. If you want to do something special for an elderly neighbor and do not want to seem too overbearing, try simple, random acts of kindness such as calling on your way to the grocery store to see if he or she needs anything.
Some seniors only require help with a few daily tasks so they can maintain their independence. However, those living with serious illnesses may need more extensive assistance. Luckily, there is professional live-in care The Woodlands, TX, seniors can rely on. Home can be a safer and more comfortable place for your loved one to live with the help of an expertly trained and dedicated live-in caregiver. Whether your senior loved one needs high-quality hourly care or comprehensive 24-hour care, call Home Care Assistance at 832-412-1345 today.