Across the world August 21, 2020 is National Senior Citizen Day. The day allows us to reflect on all of the valuable contributions that are older friends and family have made in our lives. It’s a day to honour them, and to show our love and affection.
This year, we encourage you to reach out and connect with your loved ones, which can be made all that much harder due to the current pandemic. Below are some tips that we recommend for spending time with your older loved one’s.
***Please take into account that many of these activities are meant for individuals who don’t suffer from any serious medical conditions, and who are less likely to be exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
Take a Walk as a Family
Regularly walking is said to be one of the healthiest things you can do for long term heart health. It is also a very enjoyable activity that you can do with your loved ones.
Make a plan for a nice walk around the neighborhood, or if you’re more active a walk in a different area than you’re not used to. Even planning a day around a walk such as going to a farmers market, a walk around a lake or even spending some time in a park.
Cook a Meal Together
Many of us can recall a time when we learned how to cook our first meals from our parent’s or even our grandparents. There’s often a nostalgic feel to certain meals with our loved one’s because of this.
Take some time and make a meal together. Make those old family favorites, or even better, show them some of the great meals that you’ve been able to learn as you’ve grown older.
Getting in touch with their creative side is another fun way for seniors to spend time.
Drawing, coloring, painting, and sculpture are all wonderful ways to be creative. Fun projects might include creating scrapbooks, organizing family photo albums, or making a family recipe book.
Play a Game
Games and puzzles are a fantastic source of fun times.
There are so many to choose from and most can be played in groups with visitors, one-on-one for quality time together, and solo.
Try some classic games or card games, jigsaw puzzles, or crossword puzzles. Or you can even introduce them to a new game that your family has.