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Multigenerational Elderly Care: Helping Your Aging Parents Connect with Your Children this Holiday Season

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Elderly Care in Cumming GA

More families than ever are turning to a multigenerational approach to elderly care as adult children realize the value not only of their children spending time with their aging parents, but of theirElderly-Care-Cumming-GA aging parents spending time with their children. Encouraging the generations to stay connected and enjoy time together is a fantastic way to help both age groups learn from one another while also allowing you to spend the maximum amount of time with both generations so that you do not feel overly stretched or as though you need to choose one or the other.

This type of care arrangement is highly effective during any time of year, but it can be particularly meaningful during the holiday season when your family is spending even more time together and you want to build treasured memories you can carry with you well into the future. Finding ways to help your aging parents connect with your children throughout the holiday season keeps their mental and emotional health stronger while supporting an improved, bonded relationship that your children will cherish throughout their lives.

 

Share some of these ideas with your aging parents for ways that they can connect with your children during the holidays this year:

• Share family recipes. Many families have special foods that they enjoy during the holidays and these recipes go beyond just delicious dishes to being a part of the family tradition and identifying with that family. When your parents share these recipes with your children, they are sharing your family’s identity, culture, and connection, which not only makes your seniors feel relevant and proud, but can also be extremely meaningful for children who may not always feel relevant and important.

• Crafts. Crafting is a popular activity during the holiday season, and it can be a fun and beneficial way for your elderly loved ones to connect with your children. Making things together fosters creativity, imagination, conversation, and sharing, and encourages them to create tangible reminders of the time that they have spent together and the memories they made. If they can make crafts that are then useful for the holiday celebration, such as decorating wrapping paper or making table setting decorations, this also gives them an important sense of accomplishment and involvement in the holiday celebration.

• Cultural lessons. The holiday season is a time of high cultural and religious importance to many families. Allowing your parents to instruct your children on the culture and religious meaning of the holiday season within your family’s context creates a stronger bond, cements the lessons in your children’s minds as something that came from the wisdom of their grandparents, and gives celebrating the holidays more meaning.

Get in touch with the elder care agency in your area to find out more about hiring an elderly health care services provider who can help you to enhance your parents’ quality of life through the creation of a customized care approach with your specific needs in mind.

 

If you or an aging loved one are looking for elderly care in Cumming, GA, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers of Alpharetta. Call today (678) 430-8511.