“The dog ate my homework…”

Remember that excuse? You might hear it again sooner than you think! In the spirit of going back to school, we thought it was only natural to come up with a few fun homework ideas for your seniors! Don’t worry – these won't be graded!

Journal Entry – Give your aging loved one a journal, and ask them to write a journal entry every day for a week. They can write about anything they want. At the end of the week, give them a special treat, and read their entries out loud with them (unless they want to keep them private).

Paint a Picture – Take your senior to a park or pretty building, and have them sketch and paint what they see. Make sure you remind them that it doesn’t have to be perfect!

Book Report – Pick out a book, and have your senior read a chapter each day. Once they are finished, the two of you can sit down and discuss the book together.

Keeping your loved one's mind active is one of the best ways to help your aging family member. Stimulate their mind by having them participate in fun and interesting activities that you know they will enjoy!

Summer is coming to an end and the temperatures are cooling down a bit making it the perfect time to be outdoors with your loved one. Maybe you can head to a local park or perhaps the beach. Both Monmouth and Middlesex Counties are full of them. Head to the boardwalk in Long Branch or sit in a chair on the sand at Avon-By-The-Sea. Sit by the lake at Holmdel or Turkey Swamp Parks. They are both beautiful! Pack a delicious picnic lunch and be on your way.

If your loved one is creative, pack some watercolors or colored pencils. Let them draw or paint for a while. Not into being artsy, bring a book. Read together and have a small discussion at the end of each chapter. Even do something as simple as packing up an old photo album or two and look through the pictures together. Remind each other of funny stories and people you haven't seen in a while. Enjoy your time together!

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