How many generations are alive and well within your family? September was Intergeneration Month but that doesn’t mean that it’s too late to celebrate it with those that you care most about: your family. It can be a great thing to do for elder care and also a great way for the younger generations in your family to get to know and learn about their older relatives.
One thing that so many families take for granted until it’s too late is the wisdom and knowledge of elderly family members. There are so many memories and experiences that our parents and grandparents experienced throughout their lives, but how often do we sit down and actually listen to those tales? How often do we encourage our own children, especially when they are quite young, to sit down with their elderly grandparents or great grandparents and get to know them? For the most part, whenever we visit with our older relatives, the kids are allowed to go outside and play and only be with their grandparents when it’s time to eat.
While you can certainly make plans for next September to celebrate Intergeneration Month, why not start something now and make it a yearlong celebration?
What if your loved one receives home care for the elderly services? In a simple answer: so what? That doesn’t mean that your kids or grandkids can’t or shouldn’t be around their elderly relatives. They are not so fragile that they are going to break if they are touched. Some people are concerned about letting young children spend a great deal of time with an elderly loved one who is sick. The specter of getting old, sick, and dying is thought to be more than a young child should experience.
However, there is nothing wrong with allowing children to get to know our aging loved ones in a more intimate and personal way. This is how they become a part of our lives long after they have passed away and depriving them, or children, of that opportunity to connect with one another can be something that you, and your children, regret many years from now.
Sure, children may not have any real interest in sitting down and listening to their grandparents tell them stories, but they will remember them and when they remember them later on in life, they’ll mean so much more. Elder care isn’t just about providing assistance to our elderly loved ones in their home, but also connecting them to what matters most: their family, so think about that this year and throughout the year.
Care Connection provides elder care in Grand Ledge, MI. For more information about our caregiver services, please call us today at (517) 489-2489.