One of the most reliable, potent and accessible sources of instant joy for everyone, everywhere, any time is a scoop of cold ice cream on a hot summer day. This sentiment doesn’t change once you get older. An elderly parent is likely to enjoy National Ice Cream Day just as much as the children who will go wild for their ice cream scoops on July 15th, National Ice Cream Day.
By including seniors in joyful summer celebrations and milestones like National Ice Cream Day, seniors tend to feel as though they are just as much a part of the family as they were when they were at their youngest, healthiest and most energetic. A large fear many adult children with aging parents have is that their parents might feel isolated and lonely once they get older and spend less time with the family. While home care is generally quite the opposite of a lonely atmosphere – as seniors with home care are rarely alone and almost always have someone to talk to, there are still many ways for adult children to prevent this feeling by intentionally including elderly parents in summer festivities.
Events in the summer like festivals, weekend fairs, and National Ice Cream Day help seniors feel like they’re still young and just as close with their kids and grandkids as they have always been. As well, bringing seniors along for explicitly positive experiences ensures that the experiences they do have with the family are incredibly positive, and both the grandkids and grandparents get the most out of their time together.
Whether your elderly parent can leave their home for a day to join you for your ice cream, or if you need to bring a big tub of ice cream to them, there’s nothing stopping either of you from making this one of the most memorable days of the summer. Taking action on days like this to keep the seniors in your life feeling young can have a massive impact on their day-to-day happiness, as well as their enjoyment of both home care and their time with family.
Not only will a big celebration of National Ice Cream day and other events like it create a fun experience on the day itself, but it creates a positive memory to bring up each time you visit them. The pattern of creating an intentionally positive experience with seniors and then subsequently scheduling in follow-up visits in the weeks afterwards provides the opportunity to discuss this special memory. Revisiting these moments can help keep seniors sharp, alert and content.
By including elderly parents in summer celebrations and highlights, you can help keep them feeling young, and give them something to reminisce about in future visits. Let 2019 be the summer of making memories for seniors!
If you are considering Home Care in Baldwinsville, NY, for an aging loved one, please contact the caring staff at Serving Seniors, Inc. We specialize in offering services to the Senior Community in Syracuse and the surrounding area (Clay, Cicero, Liverpool, Baldwinsville, Central Square, and others). Call us today! 315-382-4300
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