There are few people in your life that will have as much influence as your grandparents. Whether direct influence or not, they raised your parents and are typically a large part of your childhood. As they age, they will need your care as much as they cared for you over the years. Read on to learn some simple things you can do to help care and cherish your grandparents.
Grandparents are elderly, but they are not incompetent. These people are possessors of great knowledge that can be shared and used in future generations. Take time to talk to your grandparents and really listen to what they are saying. Even if you just stop by weekly to say hello and share a meal or call a few times a week to check in on how they are doing. Be genuine and share your life with your grandparents. Take time to put away your phone and actually listen during these times. This is a way to offer emotional support at a time when things can get lonely. On nice days take your grandparent out for a ride or a walk. Take time to take them shopping and walk each aisle as they gather what is needed or wanted. Simply taking them to the store allows them to maintain some type of independence while still being cared for by yourself.
Plan a party for your grandparents and invite their friends. An afternoon luncheon is a great idea for those who may not see as well at night. As your grandparents age it may be difficult to do basic tasks. If needed, take time to help with basic chores such as vacuuming, sweeping, or even cooking. Prepare casseroles that can be reheated and drop off each week to cover a meal or two. If your grandparent is able to cook and clean, spend time helping them, especially for large jobs. Help cook a holiday meal or do spring cleaning without being asked. Simply being there for your grandparents is the best thing you can do over time.
Caring for your grandparents may seem like a pain, but it is your right and duty as a family member. Take time to love and care for your grandparent as they will not be around forever. Do not think of this caretaking as a job, but a privilege, one many would love to have again.