I think it’s safe to say that pretty much everything has changed in one way or another over the last few months.
One of the biggest changes we’ve all had to cope with is not having contact with people outside our own household. Now things are starting to ease and we can spend time with other family members and friends, although still not in quite the same way we used to.
If you have elderly relatives then you possibly still aren’t really able to spend quality time with them, which can be really hard to cope with. So looking to the future, when we can start to safely get together more, here are 7 ideas for fun ways you could spend time with your elderly relatives.
1. Have afternoon tea
Collect your relative and bring them back to your home for a few hours of little sandwiches, cups of tea and plenty of cake.
There’s something about afternoon tea that feels a bit special, and more of a treat than just have a cuppa and a biscuit. And you can make it even more special by playing music from their favourite decade so you can chat and reminisce as you eat.
2. Get out for a day trip
There are so many options for places you head out to for a fun day trip. Experts in mobility products Fenetic Wellbeing have got some great suggestions on their website for places you can go with a family member in a powered wheelchair.
So even if mobility is an issue you don’t have to feel like you have to stay too close to home.
3. Sort through old photos
Dig out the old family albums and the boxes of mixed up photos and spend some time looking through them.
Your relative will love looking back over old pictures, and you’ll get to hear all sorts of stories from their life that you might not have heard before.
It’s also a great idea to write on the backs of the photos who is in them and roughly when they were taken, so future generations can enjoy them too.
4. Get in the kitchen and bake
If your relative has the facilities where they live then baking together can be a great way to enjoy each other’s company.
You can look through some magazines together and pick a new recipe to try, or ask them to teach you how to make an old family favourite.
I asked my grandmother to send me her amazing chocolate cake recipe years ago, and I still use it several times a year for birthday cakes. It makes me smile every time I make one, knowing I’m using the recipe she always used.
5. Challenge your minds
Have some fun together and help keep their mind sharp by doing a jigsaw puzzle together.
You could also enjoy crosswords, word searches, sudoko and all sorts of other puzzles.
There are so many benefits to doing crosswords and other puzzles, from improved memory to boosts in concentration and confidence. So you’ll be helping your relative in loads of ways as well as keeping your own mind active!
6. Take a drive and enjoy a picnic
If your relative spends most of their time at home then pick a location a little way away and drive the scenic route to get there.
Depending on where you live you could head to the beach, or a spot in the country and then enjoy a picnic lunch together outside.
Spending time in nature has so many benefits and a change in scenery is a great way to boost everyone’s mood.
7. Have a mini book club
If you both enjoy reading then try picking a book that neither of you have read before and then discuss it the next time you get together.
Another way to do this is to each choose a favourite book that the other hasn’t read before. You can re-read it, and they can try it for the first time and then you can have a great discussion finding out what they think of it. This is a lovely way to get to know each other in a different way, finding out even more about each other’s tastes and interests.
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