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Planning a Fun and Enjoyable Family Gathering for Your Elderly Parent

Elderly Care Marco Island FL

Elderly Care Marco Island FL

Spending time with family can be extremely meaningful and beneficial for elderly adults. This is especially true if they are dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, hearing loss, or another functioning decline that may impact their interactions. Planning family gatherings can help your elderly parent to maintain closer bonds with their family members, support better mental and emotional health, and even decrease the rate of physical and cognitive decline.

Use these tips to help you plan a fun and enjoyable family gathering for your elderly parent: 

  • Pick the location carefully. When planning your family gathering the first consideration should be where you are going to host it. There are both pros and cons to having the gathering at your home and to having it at your parent’s home. If you host the gathering at your home you are able to control it better, it may be larger and better able to accommodate the people, and it can make your parent feel less “invaded” if they have been dealing with symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. If you host the gathering at your parent’s home, however, they can feel more comfortable and relaxed, and have access to everything that they may need to address their needs during the gathering. Discuss both options with your aging parent and find the one that is best for both of you.
  • Limit the guests. You may dream of a gathering that brings together all of the various members of your family, but the truth is that this is not a good idea for your elderly parent. Especially if they are coping with cognitive limitations and challenges, having too many people in their home can be stressful and cause anxiety and negative behaviors. Instead, consider planning multiple gatherings over the course of a few weeks and inviting only a handful of family members to each one so that it does not become too overwhelming for your senior.
  • Prepare for their needs. Take into consideration your parent’s specific needs and challenges when you are planning decorations, refreshments, activities, and other elements of your gathering. For example, if your parent has developed hearing loss, ensure that there are areas designed to promote focused conversation so that they can spend time with individual people which can help the to overcome their hearing loss. Consider hiring an elderly care provider to be involved in the experience. This elderly home care services provider can ensure that your parent gets the level of care, support, and assistance that they need throughout the gathering. Not only does this mean that they are going to be as safe, healthy, and comfortable as possible, but it also enables you to focus your attention on the guests and the other details of the gathering itself.
  • Get them involved. Make them feel more invested in the gathering and support better memory and cognitive functioning by encouraging your parent to be involved in the actual preparation for the gathering. They can help make decorations, prepare food, or select activities. Simply making them a part of the preparations will help them to feel more important and less overlooked even as they are coping with their own needs and challenges.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Elderly Care Services in Marco Island FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065 .

Ted Wolfendale

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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