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Enjoying a pleasant visit with a dear friend in the nursing home where she lives, we were chatting away when one of the women in charge of fun activities for the elderly residents there came to get her for a word game. She invited me to come and join in, so off we went.
I was really glad for the opportunity to play a game with her and see a little more of her residence. They played one of their fun memory games where the leader picked a letter and asked us to think of words that started with that letter. Some of the residents came up with a lot of words, some didn't try at all, and others worked hard to come up with a handful. The daughter of one resident played for her senior mom and my friend and I enjoyed a lot of kibitzing as well.
As we were playing, I realized it would make for fun activities for grandparents and their grandchildren. I know that if one of my three oldest grandkids had been there, they would have thoroughly enjoyed playing with them. (And just think, it does double duty as being one of the phonics resources tools we can use if we are teaching a grand child to read! 🙂 )
It can sometimes be difficult for older grandparents / great-grandparents and their grandchildren to find things to talk about. If your family is dealing with this or if you'd just like to enjoy some fun group activities for the elderly and not so elderly relatives in your family, this would be a good place to start. I'm planning on adding this to our list of car games, especially when we're traveling with their great-grandmothers!
Interesting mental activities for the whole family – from the the senior citizens to the young grandkids, done in such a way as to make it comfortable and understandable for all ages, including the elderly relatives even if they may be at a season in life when they tend to get confused easily, are a great way to help each generation exercise their brains and add to your fun family memories. That's definitely a win-win for the Sandwich Generation issues of life.
P.S. If you'd like more fun mental activities for your senior parents, Alzheimer's Association Presents The Big Brain Puzzle Book , Just click here. 🙂