MAKING TIME & SPACE DURING THE HOLIDAYS
It’s easy for many of us to wrap ourselves in the warmth of today, but those entering the later stages of life may have a very different outlook. This is why it is so important for us to be patient and thoughtful with the seniors in our lives, especially when the holiday blues are an issue. Your aging loved one may be struggling to enjoy the holidays, as memories of times gone by and lost loved ones can weigh heavily this time of year.
Don’t forget to make space for them to share their feelings and talk about old memories in whichever ways they need. This might mean creating one-on-one time to sit with a loved one and relive their fondest days, or bringing out old photo albums and letting them take you through each scene, allowing them to remember those who are no longer with us. Just be present and kind, make the time about them and the memories you’re making.
GIFT IDEAS FOR SENIORS
Buying for anyone on your list can be tricky, but when it comes to choosing the perfect gift for an aging loved one, there are a few things to keep in mind which can help you choose a great gift. Here are a few helpful tips to guide you on your quest for a great gift.
- Think about immediate needs and practical items, like toiletries and warm winter clothing. These make great usable gifts and can help ease the burden for those with limited budgets.
- Have fun with it! Good times are in style at every age, so don’t be afraid to pick out toys and games for your aging loved ones. Crossword puzzles and Sudoku are classics, and toys like remote-controlled cars, boats, and airplanes can also be a fun way to get outside and have a little fun.
- A gift from the heart is always a hit, so try putting together something personal, like an electronic photo frame filled with pictures of loved ones and joyful memories or a hand-made blanket sewn from baby clothes or other memorable items.
No matter which gift you choose, spending time with your loved one is the real treasure. Make the time count by being fully present. Leave the cellphone in your purse and focus on the moment. You’ll never regret making memories with the ones you love.
THE GIFT OF HOME
If your aging loved one would benefit from the kind and professional care found only in a warm and welcoming senior living community, contact Senior Living Management today. We offer independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing in Florida, Georgia, or Louisiana.