Summer is quickly coming to an end and kids are getting ready to head back to school. Remember when that was you? 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 have to hit the books and earn a degree (unless you want to!). Instead we mean you should learn something new every day, and help your aging loved one do the same. 

Read a book – Reading is one of the best ways to learn something new. Take 30 minutes out of each day to sit down with your aging loved one and read. Afterward, discuss what you read and share your thoughts.

Watch the news – The news can be depressing from time to time, but it’s still a key way to keep up with current events. You can also catch up on the news by reading local newspapers.

Just talk – You never know what you are going to learn just by talking to someone else. Start a conversation with your aging loved one, and remember to ask a lot of questions. You may learn more than you think!

Reading is a great way to keep the mind active. If your loved one has trouble reading to him or herself, spend some time reading a book to them. Even better, have one of the grand kids do the reading. That is sure to put a smile on your mom or dad's face.

Another wonderful option is to purchase or rent books on tape. Your loved one can still enjoy a variety of books without having to depend on someone else to do the reading. Plan a day trip with your senior to the local library or Barnes and Noble.

Spend some time choosing some books or books on tape that your loved one will enjoy. The Manalapan library is the Western Monmouth library headquarters and it is a beautiful building. Whatever town you are in in Monmouth or Middlesex Counties you will find a local branch of your library system.

Watching the news is also a way to stay up to date on what is happening in the world. Turn on the news for a bit while you are spending time with your senior and discuss some of the current events. It will provide your loved one with current information on what is going on in the world.

Finally, many seniors are heading back to school these days. Whether it's a class at the local library or something more difficult at a community college, many seniors are still sharp and ready to learn.

My husband's Uncle Stan ran his own insurance brokerage firm for many years. At the age of 68 he decided to go back to law school to help the underprivileged. He graduated and practiced law for several years. Check online for classes at either Brookdale Community College in Monmouth County or Middlesex Community College in Middlesex County.

Good Luck!

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