Family gatherings around holidays bring all generations together, and children can quickly forget that their elderly grandparents, uncles, aunts, and other family members aren’t always as active and sometimes need more patience and help than other adults.
Benefits of Youth Interacting with Elders
Intergenerational relationships can be helpful and important to all parties. Not only do grandparents keep family history alive, they can also teach many skills and talents that are quickly being lost in today’s world. Children can in turn teach your elderly loved ones how to use today’s technology.
Having older adults around also can help give both the child and adult a sense of purpose and show children that they do not have to be afraid of aging. Sharing family stories and keeping in contact with grandparents can also help children relate better to seniors and see that they should be respected and helped if there are physical or mental problems they may be going through.
Older loved ones who continue to receive affection and respect from younger generations can help them stay in a positive mood and keep loneliness at bay. The wisdom that older generations possess is of significant value and can teach children some important life lessons.
Tips on Interactions between Elderly Relatives and Children
It’s important to remember that children do a lot of their learning from watching those around them. Since kids are observers, it’s important for adults to set the example. When teaching children to respectfully interact with older family members it’s necessary that you do so yourself.
Remind children to slow down, especially if your older loved ones are mobile. Let an elderly person pass you before rushing past them, especially in small spaces and around staircases.
Speak clearly and with distinction when interacting with elders, especially if they have a hard time admitting a loss of hearing or if they have trouble understanding conversation. Enunciating words and avoiding speaking too quickly or mumbling can help conversation stay engaging.
For older children, remind them not to be afraid to help and that it is important that they stay attentive to their grandparent or other elderly relative. Get them off their phones and into the conversation! Better yet, encourage them to bring their phones into the conversation by sharing videos and photos with elderly relatives.
Fun Activities for All Generations
There are many activities that can bring all generations of the family together, especially during Easter. Choosing basic projects that don’t have too many steps are a great way to keep everyone engaged and interested.
Craft projects can be a fun way to get everyone to work together! Coloring Easter themed images is a mess free way to relax for all involved. Decorating Easter eggs is also festive way to get into the Easter spirit. Using either hard boiled eggs or even plastic ones with paint, glitter and regular egg dying will let everyone show their creativity!
Provide your family members with candy, fake grass, tissue paper, novelty items and anything else you can think to put into an Easter Basket and let everyone make their own!
If your family is big into baking, another creative activity is decorating Easter cookies. Decorating and sharing cookies will make memories that last a lifetime.
For many Easter is still recognized as a religious holiday, and your loved ones may be interested in going to church services for the holiday. Hearing Easter songs and participating in singing may also be enjoyable activities for all to enjoy.
Regardless of the benefits or which activities your family decides to participate in, it’s important to enjoy family time together and enjoy each other’s company! It can be challenging to manage holiday activities that all generations will enjoy. Holidays are a great way to make more family memories and to get everyone involved.
Are you far away from your loved ones? Even when you are close by, help can be important. Contact MIR Senior Care today and learn about senior care solutions that keep your family’s needs in mind.