Retirement is a time for people to enjoy their life, but it’s not always a delightful experience. Many adults in their golden years have trouble adjusting to their new lifestyle and have to deal with loneliness, depression, and other situations that can overwhelm them. However, there are some things you can do to support your parents who are in senior retirement living communities. Here are some ideas:
Offer a Helping Hand
Offering a helping hand to a parent living in retirement can be among the most rewarding things. Whether helping with chores or simply lending an ear, your support will make a huge difference in their life.
It’s important to remember that only some have had the same experiences growing up as you did, so don’t take anything for granted when offering assistance. Your parents may need to learn how to use various appliances or technology due to technological advances or because they lived without such tools when they were younger. This can make things like cooking dinner and taking care of pets much more complicated than they should be.
Share a Favorite Activity
If you’re looking for a way to give back, this is it. Sharing your favorite activity with your parent can be a great way to spend time together and help them feel connected with the outside world. If they love cooking or baking, offer to teach them how. Or if they enjoy painting and drawing, offer up some lessons on art history!
Whatever activity you choose should have meaning for both of you, and don’t worry about doing anything perfectly! Your parents have already raised children; now it’s time for them to get some practice at being an adult again by spending quality time with one another (and perhaps learning something new).
Go to the Gym Together
Do you know the saying “abs are made in the kitchen”? Well, it’s true. The best way to get fit and stay that way is by eating right and exercising regularly. And if your parents are anything like mine, they probably want to get back into shape but need to know where to start or how much time they can dedicate each day.
So why not go to a gym together? It’s fun and an excellent way for you two to spend time together while working toward a common goal: better health!
Cook Together in the Kitchen
Cooking together is an excellent way for you and your parents to spend time together. It lets you get creative, try new recipes and experiment with different ingredients. You can help them make healthy food choices by suggesting they use whole wheat flour instead of white flour or add vegetables to their pasta sauce (or whatever dish they make).
Answer Questions They Have
Your parents may have questions if they are struggling with their new life. Make sure you’re ready to answer them. If they ask about how the heating system works or what’s for dinner tonight, do your best to explain it in a way that makes sense and doesn’t patronize them. You don’t want them feeling like they’re back in school again!
Help Them Spruce Up Their Home
When you visit your parents in retirement living, take the time to go through their home. Look for anything that needs fixing or cleaning. If you see something, don’t be afraid to tell them about it! They’ll appreciate your honesty and help out with any projects that need doing around the house. They will not resent you for pointing out something that has been bothering them for months (or years).
It can be difficult for many adults to understand how their parents feel about retirement living. You might not have any experience with this yourself, but you can still show support by listening to their stories, asking questions and helping them with tasks around the house. It’s also important that you remember your own needs while doing these things!