Life can be busy. People have busy schedules with work, children, and extracurricular activities. Finding time to spend with your family is very important to maintaining and strengthening your bond with them.
Seniors that have frequent visits with family members have been shown to have higher levels of happiness and end up living longer. They have also been shown to have a reduced chance of developing sicknesses that can seriously debilitate them.
Ways to Strengthen Bonds
Of course, the major challenge is finding time. Most seniors have plenty of time, mainly due to them being retired. Most young adults and children are lacking spare time. With work, school, and whatever else, sometimes finding time can be a bit of a chore.
One way to find time, if you’re up to it, is to offer to take the grandchildren to school or pick them up. It’s not only beneficial for you, as you get to spend more time with your grandchildren, but it can also benefit your children, as it may give them more time in the morning. You could also volunteer to help during your grandchildren’s extracurricular activities. You could volunteer to bring snacks and drinks to a soccer match, or provide supplies for an after-school art class. However you do it, there are ways to strengthen the bond with your family.
Another way is simple: food. Everyone eats. You could offer to make dinner for your family, or maybe plan a nice dinner at a restaurant. You could invite them to your Bonaventure Senior Living community for a luxurious dinner in our dining room. Eating gives everyone an opportunity to spend time and converse with one another. It’s one of the easiest ways to get the bond strengthened.
If you live in a senior living community, like a Bonaventure Senior Living community, a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your family members is to invite them to our events. There’s always a party during major holidays, like Christmas, Easter, etc. Inviting them into the community so they can spend time with you is a great way to include them in your life and strengthen the bond.
While kind of an extravagant method, taking a family vacation together is a massively good way to grow the ties between family members. You’d be spending so much time with each other, eating, shopping, relaxing, talking, and more, that you’re sure to strengthen the bond. Vacationing together can be a great way to get out in the world with your family and spend some valuable time together.
You could also spend time doing various project with your family. Young children love to do art projects. Get together some drinks, snacks, paint, and paper, and have everyone paint something. It will grow the bond between everyone and also provide your refrigerator with some nice family art.
Offer to babysit while the adults have a date night. Even consider keeping the grandkids overnight to give the parents a likely much-needed break. This will give you an entire night, and morning, to spend time with your grandchildren.
The key to strengthening the bond between family members is quite simple: time. Time is the only thing that’s needed. Unfortunately, in this day and age, finding time is the most difficult part. Sometimes making time by any means is what’s needed to grow the bond between family.
Bonaventure Senior Living
At Bonaventure Senior Living, we have Retirement Perfected, Living Perfected, Dining Perfected, and Fitness Perfected. The best way to see for yourself is to Book-A-Tour today and discover how you can live life on your own terms. We specialize in Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care, that way, no matter what your current situation is, we have all levels of care covered if your needs ever change.
With Independent Living, we want you to enjoy Simplified Living, allowing you to have the freedom to do what makes you happy. Our Independent Living is designed to accommodate the exceptional senior lifestyle that you’ve earned. What’s even better, is that with Independent Living we offer whatever supportive services that you may need at any time you may need them. Now that’s Retirement Perfected.
Assisted Living at Bonaventure Senior Living is simple: all the lifestyle benefits of our Independent Living, but with any extra support that you may need. Our philosophy is based on three simple things: choice, independence, and dignity. Now that’s Assisted Living at its finest.
Every senior is a unique person, and our Memory Care approach is no different. We tailor our Memory Care by connecting with family members and taking time to understand each person’s specific circumstances. This includes mental, emotional, and physical health. Our Memory Care creates an honorable and professional plan to make sure that each person lives their life to the fullest. That’s the way Memory Care should be.