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Getting older can be difficult. Loosing your independence, not being able to drive, aches and pains, and not being able to move around as easily – these can all be difficult things to accept. For this reason, many elderly people can get very lonely and feel isolated from loved ones. Life can be busy, and although we’re already juggling looking after children, work, hobbies, a social life and household duties, it’s so important to make time for our elderly loved ones. After all, these are the people that helped to raise us and make sure we were well looked after as children. Here are some of the ways you can stay in close contact with your elderly loved ones, and show them you care.
Visit Them In Person
Planning to see your loved ones on a regular basis is something they are sure to appreciate. And don’t come empty handed! Bring them some groceries, flowers, or a home-cooked meal. Have your kids color or paint a picture. Or make them a cake! My grandmother loves when we bring stacks of pictures for her to keep and look through once we’ve left. You can also help out with some cleaning, or other chores or tasks that might be difficult for them. This will show them how much you care.
Invite Them Out
As well as visiting them in their own home, getting elderly loved ones out of the house can be very beneficial for them too. We all get tired of hanging out around the house! You could set a date, whether it’s once a week or once a month, and do something special. Book a table at a restaurant, or cook a meal at your home. You could invite all other family members too, and make an occasion of it.
Send a Postcard
Sending a postcard doesn’t have to be something you do when you are away on a trip. Any picture can be transformed into a photo postcard these days just using an app. If you manage to snap a particularly good picture you know they will love, send it to their door with a nice message. It’s a sweet and thoughtful way to show them they’re on your mind. Super easy and inexpensive!
Teach Them How To Use The Internet
One of the best things you can do for elderly loved ones these days is to teach them how to use the internet. You could set up Skype, so they can video call family. You can show them how to send emails, and set up social media sites for them. Being able to keep up to date with what everyone in the family is doing helps them to stay far more connected. While this shouldn’t be the only way you keep in contact, it can be useful for them day to day, especially when they aren’t able to get out and about as much as they once did.
How do you make sure elderly loved ones don’t get lonely and isolated, even when your own life gets busy?