Sometimes, as caregivers, we focus so much on the bigger things like activities of daily living with our loved one that we forget about the little things that can be done in the quiet moments of life.
There are so many simple ways to have a little fun!
Activities that don’t really seem like an activity are done in the simple quiet moments. They are the moments that leave a lasting impression, the moments that make us feel good all day, the moments that leave a smile on our face, and make us feel good when we climb into bed, and the moments that leave us thankful.
Here are some simple ways to have a little fun with an older family member.
- Stargazing-When was the last time you and your loved one sat outdoors in the evening and glanced at the stars? The darkness may not be for all folks, but it can be fun to try to find some constellations like the big dipper (part of Ursa Major), the little dipper (Ursa Minor), and Orion. Look for falling stars and just enjoy the night sky.
- Picnics are a great way to get out of the house for a bit and enjoy the outdoors. Picnics don’t have to be planned or be fancy. Make some sandwiches, pack some snacks and drinks, and head to the park or even your own backyard! You have to make lunch anyway, right?
- Playing a game with cards can be a fun way to pass the time. Games like rummy or go fish are simple as well as matching games.
- Reminiscing can be done just about anywhere and anytime. Many things can spark a memory and can be done with one person or a whole room full of folks! The more people the more stories you will have.
- Act like someone or something else when you play charades with your older family member. Act out people, places, sports, animals, things, etc..
- Spend some time with the dog or cat by just petting, grooming, giving treats, or teaching him a new trick.
- Look through pictures you’ve taken on your phone or camera and share them with a loved one.
- Look through a magazine together. Find one of interest and read stories and look at photos.
- Buy something new at the grocery store (like a new flavor of ice cream or yogurt, or try a new fruit or vegetable), and have a snack.
- Listen to a song together. Whether it’s a new song or an old one try to make listening and singing to it fun.
- Look for an old show on TV and watch it together. Shows like I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, and others are fun to watch and can bring back fond memories.
- If you have something that interests your loved one, for example, a vintage car, take them for a ride in it or simply sit in it and reminisce. If you play a musical instrument they love, play it for them. Activities like this are simple, fun, and are something different from the ordinary.