Top Ways to Spend Quality Time With Your Grandparents

Top Ways to Spend Quality Time With Your Grandparents

Grandkids hanging out with their grandparents.

September 13, 2022

At Heather Glen Senior Living, we completely understand that distance between family members and busy schedules can make it hard to find the time to spend quality time with loved ones—especially the elderly. But with National Grandparents’ Day being celebrated this month, there’s no better time than now to honor your grandparents by spending quality time with them and honoring the love you have for them. The importance of the relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren is something so powerful and everlasting—and it’s important to celebrate that relationship as much as possible. To help you, we’ve compiled an expert list of some of the top ways that you can spend quality time with your grandparents this Grandparents’ Day—and every day beyond. 

Spend time outdoors

Whether you’re going on a walk around the neighborhood, spending time in the garden or having a picnic in the park—spending time enjoying mother nature is a great way to bond with your grandparents while soaking up some Vitamin D. Studies show that seniors who spend time outdoors may experience less depression and anxiety, and individuals who spend time in natural settings have a reduced risk of health problems compared to people who do their exercise inside. 

At Heather Glen Senior Living, we understand the importance of outside time for the elderly population—which is why we offer a walking club, a garden area and outdoor gathering places to encourage our residents to take in the fresh air and enjoy the weather. Be sure to move at a slower pace to make sure your grandparents can keep up, and spend the day with them doing what they love most, from planting flowers and enjoying an outside snack to taking a walk and bird watching—the possibilities are nearly endless. 

Converse over a meal

It’s no secret that food is a way to a person’s heart—and there’s no better way to bond and spark a good conversation than over a delicious meal. It’s great for your grandparents to get out and explore the town, whether you’re trying a new coffee shop or going to your long-time favorite restaurant. Studies show that seniors who regularly eat alone are often at higher risk for a variety of health issues—which is why Heather Glen Senior Living offers an incredible dining experience to encourage our residents to socialize and make new friends. 

Eating together provides benefits for every age, but for seniors, it can be even more vital—and it can help bring back old memories and provide a sense of happiness and contentment for your grandparent. Invite more members of the family or make it just the two of you and catch up over refreshing drinks and scrumptious meals—and don’t forget to finish with dessert! 

Reminisce on old memories

If there’s one thing that’s undoubtedly important to do with your grandparents—it’s to look back on old memories and learn more about your family history. Oftentimes, family members know close to nothing about the lives of their elderly loved ones, and people tend to forget that the seniors in their families used to live young, full lives. Seniors who recount past experiences can pass on valuable memories for future generations—and it’s also incredibly beneficial for their memory health to recount old stories and segments from their past. 

Additionally, reminiscing about days gone by can bring families closer together. Many family members have shared memories from their family history, so whether you’re drawing out a family tree together or going through old pictures—your grandparents will love talking about their history and bonding with you as they pass down old family stories. At Heather Glen Senior Living, we understand the importance of memory care and preserving memories as much as possible—and this is truly a terrific way to stimulate your grandparent’s brain and provide a good mental exercise while bringing enjoyment and happiness to everyone involved. 

Choose Heather Glen

Regardless of what you may choose to do to honor your grandparents, above all, it’s important to know they’re well taken care of and living a high-quality lifestyle—which is exactly what we stand for at Heather Glen Senior Living. We place the health, comfort and happiness of our residents and their families at the forefront of our mission—and we make sure our residents receive plenty of social time and the utmost quality of life through our phenomenal services, activities and amenities. When the time comes to move your grandparent into a care community, our accommodating visiting hours and nearby attractions allow you and your family to spend plenty of quality time with your grandparent in a remarkable environment—on National Grandparents’ Day and beyond. 

If you’re interested in learning more about our top-rated community and all of the amazing services we offer for seniors, feel free to give us a call at (610) 841-4478 or fill out our online form today. 

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