Getting old isn’t easy. Especially when entering one’s “Golden Years.” There is absolutely no rule, however, that says you can’t help an aging person have fun and enjoy life!
Who else can you help but an aging parent?
Although physical, and maybe cognitive, limitations might come into play, there’s plenty of things to do with an aging parent that can be fun and rewarding. We want to give you the great ideas we share with our clients, friends, and advisors, and they, in turn, have shared with us!
1. Go for a Walk Together. Walking is great exercise and it doesn’t need to be strenuous to get something out of it. A walk in the neighborhood, on the beach, or a scenic park with a bench to sit and talk for a while can make for a meaningful experience.
2. Cooking. What’s your elderly parent’s favorite food? How about favorite treat? Dust off an old recipe or try out something new. Being lightly engaged in the kitchen can make for a memorable (and delicious) time together.
3. Photo Albums. Pictures spark memories, and sharing memories can make more than just pleasant conversation. Together, you can uncover and relive favorite holidays or events. Don’t forget to prod your aging parents to tell their favorite old stories.
4. Spoil them Rotten. How fun would it be to take your elderly mother to get a pedicure? Take your daughter or sister or sister-in-law and make it a memorable adventure for the family. Whatever you do, make it stress free and fun!
5. Plants and Flowers. Planting flowers, vegetables or other plants can be both fun and satisfying. Doing it together doesn’t take long, and it can be done indoors if need be. Putting a small plant in a pot and placing it on a window sill can serve as a daily reminder of your nurturing relationship.
6. Museums. Visiting a museum is a great indoor activity. Many of them offer senior discounts and helpful features such as wheelchairs. If it’s too hot, too cold or is raining outside, a trip to a local museum can be an exciting adventure.
7. Classes. You’re never too old to learn, or enjoy a setting where others are learning around you. Senior centers, private businesses, and local education initiatives offer a wide array of non-intensive classes and learning opportunities.
8. Events. Look up local events. There’s bound to be plenty of concerts, symphonies, dances, poetry readings, auctions, festivals, sporting competitions, and a lot more. Whether your aging parent is mobile or needs physical assistance, there’s sure to be things to do that are just right for their comfort needs.
What do you think? Need more ideas? Ready to share your own? Don’t wait to contact us and let us know!