6 Activities for Seniors & Their Teenage Grandchildren

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6 Activities Older Adults Can Share with Their Teenage Grandchildren

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on July 17, 2017

Grandparents can play an integral role in the lives of their grandchildren. Although teenagers are maturing and developing their own interests, grandparents can still find common ground for the two generations to spend time together. There are several ways seniors can bond with their teen grandchildren. 

1. Enjoy a Movie

On a weekend night while the family visits, seniors can make it a movie night. Allow the teen to choose the movie. Considering the pop culture interests of today, the type of movie may not be something older adults generally watch. However, the choice enables seniors to get to know their teen grandchildren better. The film might also lead to a fascinating discussion comparing popular movies of yesteryear with what attracts audiences today. 

Discussing movies is one of the many ways seniors can socialize and stave off isolation. For families living in Scottsdale, Arizona, respite care can be a wonderful solution when their aging loved ones need companionship and socialization a few hours a week or just need minor assistance with daily household tasks. At Home Care Assistance, we thrive on helping seniors maintain their independence while living in the comfort of home.

2. Bake or Cook

Seniors can invite their grandchildren to help prepare an adventurous meal or fancy dessert for a family get-together. They can bake a batch of cookies, a cake, or a pie using a traditional family recipe and talk about how the recipe originated. Seniors and their grandkids can decide on a recipe together, go shopping for the ingredients, and enjoy each other’s company while preparing the dish. 

3. Look Over Photo Albums

Many older children enjoy learning about their younger days by looking through photo albums. They also often enjoy going through photos of their parent’s or grandparent’s youth. The activity may lead to a conversation about how seniors handled teenage problems back in their days. 

4. Share Hobbies 

Grandparents and grandchildren might share similar interests in outdoor recreation or arts and crafts. They can spend a day on the lake fishing or go hiking and take photographs. Creative teens may appreciate learning more about drawing, painting, sculpting, woodworking, and other hobbies in which their grandparents have extensive experience. 

5. Take a Trip

A great way for seniors and their grandkids to get to know each other is to spend time together on a vacation. Whether they want to embark on a weekend camping trip or go on a cruise, they should choose a location together and begin planning their adventure. It doesn’t matter if they spend the time in an RV or on a luxury cruise liner. The time spent getting to know each other and making special memories is worth far more than the cost of the trip. 

Some seniors prefer to stay at home rather than taking trips, and they can benefit from receiving professional in-home care. For many seniors in Scottsdale, AZ, live-in care is an essential component of aging in place safely and comfortably. However, it’s important for them to have caregivers they can trust and rely on. At Home Care Assistance, we extensively screen all of our live-in and 24-hour caregivers and only hire those who have experience in the senior home care industry. Our strict requirements ensure seniors can remain in the comfort of home with a reduced risk of injury or serious illness.

6. Volunteer

Once children reach the age of 15, their top priority often involves getting their driver’s license. Patient grandparents might have what it takes to be driving instructors. Accompanying and supervising teens while they are applying the rules of the road and managing a vehicle is a wonderful way to pass on knowledge and experience. Seniors can also volunteer their time teaching grandchildren and their friends some useful skills.

Aging adults may need assistance with daily tasks. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same senior care services. Scottsdale families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. To learn about our revolutionary senior care plans, call us at 480.448.6215 today.