Being a grandparent brings unbridled joy. Residents living in a grandchild-friendly senior living community love showing off their grandchildren and strive to be part of their lives.
Activity ideas while visiting a grandchild-friendly senior living community
The best retirement communities offer numerous opportunities for residents to enjoy spending time with family members. At a grandchild-friendly senior living community, numerous amenities are available for families to use during visits. While amenities differ per senior living community, some offered activity spaces include:
- Bocce ball and pickle ball courts
- Horseshoe pits
- Walking trails
- Vegetable and flower gardens
- Game rooms
A grandchild-friendly retirement community offers many opportunities to engage children by encouraging family members to attend special events. Active adult communities offer numerous opportunities to socialize, play games, do crafts and art projects and enjoy entertainment. Many times these events are open to family members and are a great way for children and grandchildren to bond with their older loved one.
Some fun events at a grandchild-friendly senior living community can include:
- Winter holiday parties
- Easter egg hunts
- Valentine’s Day socials and dances
- Summer picnics
- Halloween costume parades
Reasons visits between generations are important
A grandchild-friendly senior living community has common areas for family members to visit and have fun spending time together. Grandchildren have so much to offer grandparents in the way of love and support and are a source of joy. The benefits run both ways since grandparents have so much experience, knowledge and love to share with younger generations. Visiting a loved one at a grandchild-friendly senior living community can provide lasting memories as well as mutual appreciation and respect for the contributions made by both young and old.
Visiting a loved one who has dementia
A grandchild-friendly senior living community has experience helping facilitate visits with residents who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. At Country Meadows, our staff has cared for many older adults who need memory support to live safely, helping many families reconnect so they can enjoy many more years of fulfilling relationships, even with the changes that accompany dementia.
Children, in particular, can be affected by these changes in their grandparent. When visiting a loved one at a grandchild-friendly senior living community, kids can be minimally involved or more engaged depending on their comfort level. Encourage them to show off a talent, share a meal or enjoy a fun activity or game with the senior.
To prepare children prior to visiting a grandchild-friendly senior living community for the first time, there are several books written for kids to help them better understand dementia. Click here for a list of children’s books reviewed by Country Meadows’ Executive Director of Memory Support, Joel Kroft.
Country Meadows created an interactive activity book to help children better understand dementia—The Unforgettable Adventures of Grandma’s Cape. Written by Kroft, the publication weaves the story of a child and his/her relationship with Grandma and how that relationship is changing because of her “forgetting disease.” Along the way readers have different activities to complete, all focusing on the topic of dementia/forgetfulness. Stop by any Country Meadows campus to pick up a free copy.
Country Meadows offers senior living services at its nine locations in Pennsylvania and one campus in Frederick, Maryland. Country Meadows offers a variety of services from independent and assisted living, to personal care, memory support and restorative care. If you would like more information about how we can support you or a loved one, please contact us today. Our co-workers can answer questions and provide information on our services.