Do Something “GRAND” for Grandparents’ Day

Don’t forget Grandparents’ Day is this Sunday, September 11th. Grandparents’ contributions to our lives should be acknowledged, so take some time to honor them this weekend. The number of grandparents continues to grow and so will the impact they make on their adult children and the influence they have on their grandchildren.

Do not let our elderly be forgotten. Grandparents set the moral tone of a family and pass along traditional family and community values. The hardships and sacrifices these Seniors made in the past produced the opportunities, nation and freedoms that we enjoy today.

Let the Grandparents in your family who are not nearby know they are remembered and appreciated with a phone call and/or a greeting card. For tech-savvy Seniors a Skype session, text or email would be warm and welcome gestures. Appropriate activities for families with Granny and Gramps in the neighborhood might be an outing to the beach/zoo/museum or a restaurant celebration. Even a visit to the home for a family meal, cooking family recipes together in the kitchen, can be a “Grand” celebration. Perhaps making a memory box with the help of the grandkids, filled with treasures/photos/memorable trinkets  would be a meaningful pastime. Drawing/painting, taking photos can be fun, as well as reading, watching movies together, listening to music! The companionship is what counts, make it an annual tradition!!

For those families with a Grandparent that is cognitively impaired, you may want to check out Regal’s Activity Menu for Seniors with Dementia or Alzheimer’sKeeping loved ones active with meaningful activities gives them pleasure and keeps them from withdrawing. The key is to “stimulate” but keep it simple and safe! Some activities work better at certain times of the day. Remember to concentrate on the process, not the results. What matters is that the Grandparent and the family enjoyed the time spent on it. 

CONTACT US: Meaningful activities can provide stimulation while promoting a feeling of usefulness, and raising a Senior’s spirits any time of year, not just on Grandparents’ Day. Regal can help if you have a Senior family member or elderly loved one suffering from cognitive decline or dementia. They might benefit from an in-home care plan that supports their daily medical needs, as well as helps with the activities of daily life. Regal can coordinate with the individual’s family members and healthcare professionals so the services they need can be cost-effectively provided in the less restrictive environment of the home. For a consultation, please contact Ferial Andre, RN, CCM, CDP, at 561-499-8382 or ferialandre@regalcares.com.

This article is not intended as medical advice

 



Saturday, September 10, 2016 @ 06:09 PM