Happiness plays a big part in a senior’s health, and older adults receiving Jefferson County in-home senior care sometimes become depressed during times of illness or loss. As you prepare to spend time with your elderly loved one, consider these ideas for bringing a smile to his or her face.
Engage in Child’s Play
There are some activities that bring pure joy that people never outgrow, and you can get your loved one to show his or her silly side by planning some kid-friendly activities. Bring over the grandkids and make some Play-Doh sculptures, or go outside and have a water shooter fight. The combination of spending time with his or her favorite kids and playing a few games will have your loved one beaming with genuine laughter.
Share a Memory
Everyone wants to leave a lasting impression on those they hold dear, and your loved one will appreciate knowing the impact he or she has made on your life. Perhaps you remember watching your father help someone in need, or your mother taught you how to sew on a button. There is no memory too small to share, and hearing about the lessons he or she has taught you along the way will make your loved one’s day.
Teach New Tricks
Today, seniors have many tools at their disposal for increasing their happiness. However, they may need a little nudge to try something new. Arrange to spend a few hours showing your loved one how to set up a social media profile or make a video call. This can help your loved one connect with someone he or she cares about and talk about things that bring a smile to his or her face.
Volunteering gives your loved one a sense of purpose that alleviates depression and boredom. If your loved one is physically active, arrange transportation for him or her to visit a local charity and help out. You can also explore opportunities for volunteering that can done from home. For example, your loved one can make blankets for premature babies that a Jefferson County, CO, home caregiver can deliver to the hospital. Knowing he or she is doing something to help others will lift your loved one’s spirits with every kind act he or she shares with someone else.
For additional suggestions on how to bring a smile to your loved one’s face, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of live-in and respite home care Jefferson County seniors can count on, and our caregivers can provide transportation, assist with mobility and exercise, and help with a wide variety of important everyday tasks. For more information and to schedule a complimentary consultation, please call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (303) 987-5992.