Everybody wants to feel appreciated, loved, and valued. This is especially so as we age into our golden years. In a world where everything is moving so rapidly, it can be easy for your loved one to feel out of touch with you. Be it a parent, grandparent, or other elderly loved ones, they are likely to have contributed in some way to shaping you into the person you are today. How can we express our appreciation for our loved ones?
Spend Quality Time Together
There is nothing more valuable than spending quality time together. As people grow older, they can sometimes experience feelings of social isolation and loneliness. Even a simple grocery trip, coffee run, movie night or picnic, can lift their moods greatly. If they are feeling up for a more adventurous day trip, you can consider going to museums, sporting events, or the beach.
You can also plan personalized outings that are a little more special, such as taking a trip down memory lane. Visit places that are special to your loved one, such as an old neighborhood or visit an old friend.
Choose an Activity They Enjoy
When you are making plans with your loved ones, encourage them to choose an activity or hobby that they enjoy. Expressing your appreciation for someone can include spending time doing something they love. It is a great opportunity for you to know more about your loved one. They would feel valued as they share more tips, tricks, and stories about their hobbies! These could range from cooking their favorite cuisine, arts and crafts or even watching their favorite film.
A special, personalized gift can make your loved one feel extra appreciated. It can be anything they like, from craft sets and cooking recipes to special trinkets and framed photographs. As we grow older, we enjoy reminiscing about our past and take great comfort in looking at old mementos that remind us of happy moments. A great personalized gift would be a scrapbook filled with shared memories. You can even consider filling up the scrapbook with your loved ones, filling it with photographs and letters for them to look back on when they feel alone.
Pay Attention to Their Needs
The most important way of showing appreciation is to pay attention to their needs. Take the time to listen to them and check-in periodically to see how they are doing. Sometimes, our loved ones might feel unwell, unhappy, or need extra assistance with their daily living but do not know how to bring the topic up.
If your loved one needs some assistance accomplishing daily tasks, TerraBella Little Avenue is a retirement community that offers Assisted Living and Memory Care. We dedicate ourselves to providing superior care, amenities, lifestyle programs, and personalized services to give your loved one a worry-free lifestyle that eliminates the obligations of maintaining a home.
Retirement Community at TerraBella Little Avenue
TerraBella Little Avenue offers exclusive senior-specific programs designed to provide residents with active, low-stress lifestyles. Our Dimensions Health & Wellness programs are fun, friendly, and fully inclusive for residents who are able to engage in different levels of physical and cognitive activities. We aim to create opportunities for your loved ones to foster overall health and happiness in every domain in their golden years!
To find out more, visit our website or contact us at 704-448-5760.