We all have a bucket list—the things we’ve always dreamed of doing, but put in the back of our minds until the money, the means or the time to pursue them was “right.” But what about our senior family and friends? They are just like us—with hopes, dreams, and aspirations for the future.
Everyone should have a list of life goals they want to accomplish, and seniors should not be excluded from this. Sometimes our loved ones can be shy to open up about what they want to accomplish. Getting them to open up and share these goals is a great way of providing elderly care. When senior loved ones seem bashful about sharing their bucket list or say they don’t have one, try these suggestions to get them started:
- Try a new hobby, such as scrapbooking or painting
- Adopt a new pet
- Visit the town where they were born and raised
- Volunteer with a favorite charity
- Create a legacy to pass down through writing memoirs
- Learn something new, such as a foreign language or musical instrument
An important thing to keep in mind is that the activities should be ones your older loved one wants to try, not just things you think he or she should consider regardless of his or her preferences. CareWorks Health Services can help get a bucket list conversation started with your senior loved one, and then devise plans with you to fulfill those wishes. Contact CareWorks Health Services for further pointers, or for capable, creative elderly care assistance and help with realizing those goals.