Posted on Sep 25, 2014
Generation Gap Grandparents and Children and Senior Home Care
Technology changes and evolves so much; it’s sometimes difficult to keep up with every current offering. The younger generation has been taught early on to learn and use technology on a daily basis. It can be astonishing to watch a young child easily navigate a tablet menu and operate a smartphone. The newest technology can be overwhelming for an elderly person. The difference between a young child and an elderly person using the most current technology is an example of existing generation gaps.
When it comes to family, it is so important to attempt to close the generation gap. The feeling of being left behind, whether it’s due to a lack of computer knowledge, or the unfamiliarity of old great musicians like Dean Martin or Sinatra, can be isolating at times. This is where communication and a spirit of sharing come into play.
Spend some quality time with an elderly loved one whenever possible, and remember to take along the grandchildren. Show them how to take the time to listen to their grandparents’ stories and share some of their favorite music or movies. A regular visit or phone conversation will help them to feel connected and closer to their grandchildren. Perhaps, show them how to use a video chat service like Skype if in-person visits are less frequent. This will in turn, help to lessen the feeling of loneliness. Your children may find that they like some of their grandparents’ favorite songs, or that they have a story from their younger years that will be enlightening and entertaining.
One thing in common that grandparents and grandchildren all have is eating. Find some restaurants to try together or take up a cooking class. Sometimes a shared new experience is all that is needed to help bring people together. Even if your elderly loved one is unable to leave their home due to mobility issues, you can bring a home-cooking experience to their home. Food and conversation is sure to help bridge the gap between grandparents and grandchildren!
If you would like to learn more about activities to bridge the generation gap between grandparents and grandchildren and about in home help for the elderly, call Senior Helpers of Minnetonka to speak to a senior care specialist today 763-219-4383! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can show you the many benefits of professional senior care at home or dementia and Alzheimer’s care. The senior care specialist will also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In home senior care and in home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Minnetonka provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Bloomington, Minneapolis, Eden Prairie, Saint Paul, Minnetonka, Lakeland, and White Bear Lake, Minnesota.