When it comes to transitioning from teen to young adult to adult to family caregiver, it can create a lot of interesting changes to your family dynamic. Adult children and their senior parents often go through a role reversal, where the parents need the care instead of the children. As a family caregiver, you have a unique opportunity to strengthen family bonds and create an intergenerational legacy that connects your elderly parents to your children.
However, finding activities that people of each generation like to do together can be difficult. Physical abilities, diets, temperament and more can turn even the most well-meaning outing into an even that everyone wants to forget.
Here are 20 things that seniors and family caregivers, and other family members, can do together that will create memories and strengthen bonds.
- Attend family-friendly blockbuster movies.
- Plan a campout or fishing trip in a fun location.
- Host a regular family game night with food, music, board games, card games and more.
- Head to a local event, like a farmer’s market or community festival.
- Get tickets to the local community theater with classic family-friendly productions.
- Arrange a talent show for the extended family to participate in.
- Wear team colors with pride and go to a local sporting event.
- In good weather, hold a barbecue or picnic, including lawn games.
- Start a family quilting club because with everyone helping, every family member can eventually get a quit.
- Host a weekly movie night with a fun theme for the show, treats and more.
- Take a haunted tour of the city.
- Learn more about history with a visit to a museum or historic site.
- Volunteer together, either for a one-time event or a weekly/monthly commitment.
- Go swimming together, because it’s ideal for all ages and abilities.
- Grow a garden together, from planting and tending to harvesting.
- Work on genealogy together and create a family tree and a family history book.
- Start a family blog or social media group where everyone can share stories, articles and jokes.
- Become bird watching experts and take weekly or monthly expeditions.
- Attend a local cultural event, like a festival or celebration and expose everyone to new food, music and traditions.
- Discover a new hobby together, from models or car restoration to cooking or crafting.
When senior parents, adult children and young children do activities together and have things in common, it allows them to get to know each other on a deeper level. Time together should include assisting each other, conversing about what’s on their mind and sharing in the fun. Strong relationships are built between the generations when there are plenty of things to do together.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care Services in Shadyside PA, please call and talk to the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh at (412) 693-6009. We will answer all of your questions.
Laura has earned her MBA in Health Care Administration from Canisius College, a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is currently a CPR/First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross. Laura has sat on three Professional Advisory Committees throughout the community, has been on the Board of Directors for a non-profit nursing home, currently acts as an Advisory Board Member for the Allegheny County Respite Care Coalition, Gateway Health Plan, and the North Allegheny School District Elementary Advisory Council. She is also an active committee member of the Southwestern PA Partnership on Aging, Twilight Wish Foundation and Marshall Elementary Yearbook Committee.
Raising four active children with her husband Brian, she seems to spend more time on baseball and soccer fields than she does at home which helps her appreciate their family vacation time even more.
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