While you’re on the go and enjoying the longer, more active days of summer, your senior could be missing out. Rising temperatures and mobility issues can make it difficult for your loved one to enjoy the same activities you do, resulting in isolation and loneliness. You can help your senior cope in several ways—either plan activities you can do together or use technology to stay in touch and keep your parent involved.
Take in a movie: Summer is the perfect time to get out of the heat and enjoy a matinee. Whether you head to the latest blockbuster or take in a drama your senior has been wanting to see, you can enjoy a few hours together without worrying about overheating or mobility issues. Virtually all theaters are equipped with handicap accessible seating and can accommodate wheelchairs if needed, so you can enjoy the show together then chat about it afterwards.
Play a game: Before video games, there were board and card games – chances are your loved one is a whiz at one game or another. From pinochle to poker, taking the time to master a game yourself and then visiting and playing (bring a few other family members if needed) can yield a fun night for the whole family. Classics like Clue or Monopoly are easily played by all ages, while Scrabble and cards can help keep your senior’s (and your) mind sharp and combat isolation.
Get connected: Even if your senior does not have a smart phone, an inexpensive tablet can be used to keep in touch. Set up a basic Kindle or older model iPad with oversized icons and simple, one touch/one tap apps. You can add Facebook, Words with Friends and other easy to use apps for your senior to interact with not just you, but with the whole family. Adding family photos and even Skype helps your senior see and speak to you, even when you can’t be there. Technology won’t take the place of your personal presence, but it will help combat isolation all year round.
Intentionally planning fun outings that aren’t too strenuous and making a point to stay connected can help combat the isolation that some seniors feel in summer. Need more ideas for helping your loved one feel involved?
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