Posted on Jul 31, 2013
The Importance of Education for All and Seniors Do Best with Care Provided in Their Homes
Summer is quickly drawing to a close and the kids are getting ready to go back to school. Do you remember when that was you? Remember picking out your new backpack and first day of school outfit? This year, we think you should go back to school, and take your aging loved one with you! Of course, we don’t mean you should have to hit the books and earn a degree, unless you want to! Instead, we mean that you should strive to learn something new every day, and help your aging loved one to do the same.
It may seem like ages ago since your loved one has been to school and the thought of learning something new may feel a bit intimidating. Perhaps your loved one likes to paint in their spare time or snap photographs. Look for a community college class that you could take together, or a social painting event that you could both attend.
One suggestion for learning something new is to read a new book together. Hosting a mini book club between yourself and your aging loved one will make the book more engaging and you may learn something new about your loved one through their perspective of the pages you are reading. Reading is one of the best ways to learn something new. Take thirty minutes out of each day to sit down with your aging loved one and read. Afterwards discuss what you’ve read, and share your thoughts. You may be surprised to learn your loved one’s opinion about events that occur in the book!
It may get depressing at times, but the news is a great source of information. Turn it on to keep up with current events and to stay in the loop with local activities that may interest your aging loved one. If the news is hard to watch, remember that you can also catch up by reading local newspapers.
If you are truly looking for a different type of education, simply talk! Strike up a conversation with your aging loved one and you may be surprised at what you hear! You may learn a thing or two from someone who has seen many events and has experienced a lot in life. So sit back, relax and start a conversation with your aging loved one, you never know what you will learn!
It’s important to stay on top of learning. Try playing word games, or mind puzzles that are easily found online. Learning is not just for the kids, but also for the young at heart who strive to learn something new every day. Whenever possible, read something, try something, and watch something new, to keep your mind active and your spirit invigorated.
Call 763-219-4383 today to learn more about the importance of education for all and how seniors do best with care provided in their homes. The senior care experts at Senior Helpers of Minnetonka are ready to help you find the answers to any questions you may have! 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.