The importance of family in a senior’s life is immeasurable. Many studies have shown that children having a strong relationship with their grandparents were less likely to exhibit emotional and behavioural problems. This influence is most evident when the grandparent/grandchild bonding complements a close relationship between parents and kids.
Whatever situations you may be acing, your older family member has probably lived through something similar and can advise you to help you navigate the road ahead. A strong family connection that span different generations strengthen our core identity and feed our innate desire for connectedness and belonging.
How to Strengthen Relationships
One of the best ways to create a stronger connection with the elderly is to listen to stories about their life.
Another way to incorporate family time into your schedule is to plan regular day trips. If it sounds fun for your family, plan a trip at least one month in advance.
Decide a few nights during the week when you expect everyone to gather around the dinner table. Don’t allow phones or other electronics, have a meal and a conversation together.
Family meetings are great or everyone to check in with each other, air grievances, or discuss future plans. For instance, a family meeting is perfect timing to talk about an upcoming day trip, family vacation, or how you plan to complete the chores next weekend.
With the latest technological innovation, older people become uncomfortable. It is dangerous, because, more and more health information has been moved online. Younger people can equip the elderly with the tools they need to succeed in a digital age, and then keep in touch. Whether you have school-age children or teens, it takes planning to set aside family time. Go through everyone’s schedule to see if there are any blocks of time that can be designated family time. Set regular night, maybe once a week, when the entire family gets together for a fun activity.
With constant technological advancements, staying connects with friends and family has become quite easy. Here are some more ways for seniors and their families to stay connected using technology.
Text Messaging: Texting is a great way for grandparents and their grandchildren to stay in touch. Text messaging takes seconds and allows you to exchange a quick photo or let your family know that you are thinking of them.
Email: Email is another way of aging adults can maintain a relationship with the loved one. It allows you to send longer messages that would not be realistic to send in a text message.
Social Media Platforms: Social media platforms are the best ways to stay in touch. Facebook makes connecting with loved-ones effortless.
Skype: Skype is another great for making inexpensive calls. You can make video calls through Skype.
There are multiple ways to connect with your loved ones using technology and they are continuously becoming more and more available.
Although technology has provided an easier way for families to connect, traditional methods are still important.
In-person visits: In-person visits are the most meaningful. If you can visit with friends and family, do it.
Letters: Letter is something that will be very meaningful to a senior and a loved-one. This is something that you can keep.
Phone Calls: Although text messages are good, senior would appreciate a call from your every now and then.
There are so many ways that seniors can maintain healthy relationships with their friends and family. Some of them are so easy to do and would make the world of a difference to each member. Make the effort to strengthen your relationship with family- their health depends on it!