Although your senior loved one likely need no excuse to see his or her grandchildren, it’s essential to know how many benefits he or she can gain every time your family gets together. From newborns to teens, older adults can reap the following rewards when they make it a priority to see their grandkids regularly.
Laughter Is Excellent Medicine
There’s truth to the idea that a good old-fashioned belly laugh a day keeps the doctor away, and grandkids are the perfect people to get seniors giggling. Laughing stimulates the body to release stress-relieving hormones that promote a better sense of wellbeing. Seniors who laugh a lot also have stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure than those who rarely smile. Since a positive attitude goes a long way toward helping seniors want to work on their health, a little mental boost from the grandkids may also cause your loved one to try harder to maintain better physical health.
If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of New Hampshire senior care. Our caregivers provide transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping.
Kids Are Naturally Accepting
Older adults sometimes have health conditions that affect their confidence. For instance, your loved one may worry about other people noticing his or her incontinence or getting upset when he or she can’t remember a name. While kids may notice something different about their grandparent, they quickly accept it once they receive an explanation. If your loved one has recently stopped wanting to see old friends after a new health diagnosis, spending time with the grandkids may help him or her feel accepted and rebuild confidence.
Seniors diagnosed with an age-related illness may require assistance managing their daily routine. If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. New Hampshire seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.
Playing Is a Form of Exercise
Just watching kids play can wear a person out, and seniors sometimes need an extra push to get up and be active. While your loved one may no longer be able to swing on the jungle gym, he or she may be able to do things such as play catch from a favorite chair or go for a nature walk. When older adults have a reason to move their bodies, they’ll easily get more exercise. The best part is that engaging in play with the grandkids is so fun that your loved one probably won’t even think about the workout he or she gets from it.
Passing Down Lessons Is Empowering
Seniors sometimes feel obsolete after retirement since there’s no one to mentor. Fortunately, grandkids are eager to take the place of old employees, and seniors have many life lessons to share. From coaching a kid how to throw a ball to talking a teenager through his or her first heartbreak, it’s amazing to watch the different generations bond.
Learning New Things Goes Both Ways
While seniors have things to teach the younger generations, the road to learning does go both ways. Older adults who spend time with their grandchildren can learn about new advances in technology and current events they might not be exposed to otherwise. This exposure to new information staves off memory loss and promotes better cognitive skills. Plus, seniors often pick up new interests from their grandkids that alleviate boredom.
Spending time with grandkids can help seniors stay active, but sometimes they may need other opportunities to maintain good health. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of home care. New Hampshire families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. To schedule a free consultation with one of our qualified Care Managers, call (603) 471-3004 today.