Making time for your elderly loved one

“At the end of your life, you will never regret having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent” -Barbara Bush

With everything going on in life it is easily forgotten to take some time. With the passing of Easter and the beginning of spring it is starting to warm up outside. It is important to set aside some time and make some memories with your loved one. We get wrapped up in a loved one’s care, in work, and life in general. Sometimes you need to stop and have a day. Take your loved one to the park, take them to the waterfront, get the family together, or just sit and reminisce. Look at photos and tell some stories and make new memories. It is the time now to make memories, don’t keep putting it off until the holidays. People will say I’ll do it next week next month when I have time. Time is the one thing we are given that is finite. There will always be another meeting or event or game to see until it’s too late. You never know how much time you have and you never want to carry that regret with you. It is good for your loved one to get that social time to just feel loved for the day to know that they have support. You may see your loved one everyday but this should be an activity in which they can really feel loved and appreciated for being there and for everything you have gone through together. Take off the caregiver hat and just be a family member or a friend . Life is short and we all need to remember that sometimes you just have to stop and make a day and be there for each other. Here are some things you can do.

Listen to the Oldies station or get some songs that have meaning to your loved one

Go to the park, waterfront, beach or spot that your loved one can sit and enjoy the scenery.

Take out some family pictures and go through them.

Get together and have a meal.

Go to a city event or festival

Get out and do something special for your loved one. Do not be the person that regrets for not having one more day with someone you love. 

“I don’t think quantity time is as special as quality time with your family” -Reba McEntire