One of my new year’s resolutions this year is to be more intentional and present with the individuals in my circle, especially my elderly loved ones. Unfortunately, as the years go by and our loved ones grow in age, we inch closer to life without them. With this, It is so important to prioritize truly connecting with our elderly loved ones. Here are a few tips to better connect with your favorite seniors this year.
Learn their love language
Catering to love languages is not only beneficial for your significant other but for each of your loved ones. We can learn so much about the people we love by learning their love languages and catering to each one of them. The book series, the 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman is a great read if you are looking to learn more on this subject. There are also several online quizzes that you can take with your loved one for fun! For reference, the five love languages are:
- Words of Affirmation
- Acts of Service
- Receiving Gifts
- Quality Time
- Physical Touch
Once you are aware of your loved one’s love languages, you will be able to serve them in the exact way they are needing as they approach the end of their life and bring more joy to their days!
One of my favorite past times with my grandparents is playing board games. Their personal favorites are Phase 10, Dominos, and Mancala. We play a game every night we spend together. These are some of mine (and their) fondest memories together. Heads Up and Charades are two other fan favorites if you’re looking for an afternoon full of laughter.
Grab a cup of coffee and ask them about their past
Take your loved one on a blast through the past during your next visit. Sit back, relax, listen, and be present. Seniors have lived a long life and always have the best stories that they love to share!
Give them a call
Our lives are increasingly busy making it difficult to carve out time for our loved ones. If a visit isn’t in the cards or if you live out of state, pick up the phone and give them a call on your daily commute or downtime while the kids are in school. I can assure you that it will make their day to hear your voice.
I hope you enjoyed this unconventional post!