Posted on Sep 25, 2015 | Comments (0)
Keeping Family Together and In Home Senior Care
In this day and age, it is very easy to get overextended in a fast-paced lifestyle. Sometimes the only way we can find time to connect with family is through social media and an online presence. It is becoming more common to have a senior loved one who regularly uses their smartphone and tablet to keep in touch with family and the events of their lives. While it may seem helpful to use the internet to stay close to family, it can actually do the opposite.
One way to keep the family together is to take the smartphone and actually dial a loved one’s phone number. Taking the time to chat, especially on birthdays and during the holidays can really help to boost a loved one’s morale. A conversation, no matter how short, really shows an interest in our family members’ lives and shows them they are important and that we care.
Keeping family together can be as simple as choosing to have a dinner together. Whether it’s homemade or takeout food, it is important to put down all electronic devices and really focus on each other. Research shows that dining together just a couple times a week can help to boost self-esteem in family members and enforce a strong bond. So turn off the TV, ignore emails and text messages, and take the time to really visit with those you love.
Another way to keep family together is start a family game night. This is something an elderly loved one can also participate in. Playing familiar card games like Hearts, Gin Rummy, Uno, or a good old game of Go Fish, is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face. Board games like Monopoly or Candyland are also fun ways to include the entire family.
Keeping the family together takes regular maintenance like any other project in life that is worth having. Take the time to send a card or make a phone call to an elderly loved one who would greatly appreciate the thought. Try a cooking class or start a family project together. Learn something new or visit a spot unique to your family. No matter what the activity, take the time to spend the time and your family will thrive and stay together.
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