The Positive Effects of Grandchildren Visiting Seniors in Assisted Living

September 15th, 2016 by John Wilson

Regardless of age, it happens to most adults from time to time: sadness, lack of motivation and boredom. Many people call this the blues. Even in the bestassisted living center in Oklahoma City, there will be residents who could use a boost from time to time. Often, the remedy for the blues comes bursting through the door in pint-sized or even pre-teen and teen-aged packages called grandchildren!

Kids Have a Natural Gift for Evoking Smiles

Whether your loved one is new to senior living in Oklahoma City and having a difficult time adjusting or a long-time resident going through a tough time, the remedy may not come in the form of a prescription. A visit from a beloved young person who is a resident’s flesh and blood can have an instantaneous mood-boosting affect. As grandchildren chatter away, seniors revisit happy memories and are reminded why life is so precious. Bring the grandchildren to visit often. Before you and they leave, make sure to schedule the next visit to give your loved one something to look forward to.

Grandchildren visits at an assisted living center can brighten the day.

An assisted living center should encourage grandchildren visits.

When Grandkids Come Bearing Gifts, That’s Even Better

One of the most difficult things for newcomers to senior living to get used to is an environment that may seem sterile at first. What better way to personalize a senior living resident’s space than with photos of and artwork created by their grandchildren? If a holiday is approaching, grandchildren can remind seniors of the joy of the season. For Christmas, for example, why not bring the grandkids for a visit to trim a small Christmas tree? For Valentine’s Day, why not have the grandkids bring handmade Valentine’s cards for your loved one and other residents? Children love arts and crafts and other projects. Seniors love being remembered and included.

Grandkids Don’t Sit Still for Long

The benefits of physical activity are well-known. If your loved one struggles to find the motivation to exercise, a visit from a grandchild often means exercise is inevitable! The younger the grandchildren, the shorter their attention spans. When they visit, they will want to talk and walk. Your senior loved one will be reminded exercise need not be a chore. It can be invigorating and great for the soul.

If you are looking for a caring, nurturing, safe place for an aging relative to enjoy his or her senior years, we encourage you to visit us at Village at Oakwood. Each day, our goal is to brighten our residents’ days and nurture their needs. Unlike some institutions that consider children a nuisance, we sincerely love it when grandchildren visit our residents! Visits from treasured loved ones of any age are special, but there is nothing that compares to the opportunity to surround one’s self with the innocence, joy, positivity and precociousness of children. This positivity and energy is infectious and we welcome it wholeheartedly! Why not schedule a tour of our Oklahoma assisted living center for you, your aging parent or parents and their grandkids? Contact us and we will make it happen.

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