Keeping family close is a common concern for many people today, especially in our busy society where one is oftentimes more likely to receive a text message than an in-person “hello!” The elder members of the family in particular, may feel left out of this modern communication trend since they may not use cell phones or computers and don’t want to impose on their children or grandchildren. We know it is important and beneficial for our mental health to stay connected with our family so how can we stay in touch?

For family that lives in the same area, an easy way to stay close is to plan weekly activities together. Here on the Central Coast, we are fortunate to have a plethora of activities for all ages to participate in. Grandparents and grandkids would both enjoy Schoolhouse Rock Live at Cal Poly Arts on September 26, 2014. The original show aired from 1973 to 2009 and makes educational concepts fun and entertaining. Almost every city has a farmers market, family members can spend time catching up with each other while doing their grocery shopping. Our local libraries have ongoing events for families too, like the upcoming Japanese Tea at Los Osos Library, a free event!

Keeping family close when the members live many miles apart is a bit more challenging. For anyone, but especially senior family members, something as simple as a weekly phone call goes a long way toward feeling connected and loved. Printing and sending photos is another great way to keep out of town family members in the loop or, for more special occasions, a care package of mementos. For seniors that are able to use technology, email and Facebook are great ways to share photos and get family updates. Fee-based Skype is a dynamic way to keep it touch, as it enables video calls over the computer, anywhere in the world via internet connection. Real time video chat is the next best thing to being there in person!

If you would like to learn more about keeping elder family members close or about the many benefits of professional senior care at home, including dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-461-5892!   The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can 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 San Luis Obispo County provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Cambria, and surrounding areas.


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