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Make Mealtime an Opportunity for Meaningful Conversation

Caregiver Stress in Indianapolis, IN  Spend Time Getting Re-Acquainted with Your Elderly Loved One

Being a caregiver for a loved one can be very rewarding but it also has its challenges. Many times caregivers can feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to something as simple as a family meal. The person they are caring for may not go out of the house much or have a social life, so often times, when mealtime comes around, there isn’t much to talk about at the table.

However conversations, especially at mealtimes, are important for senior citizens, as it helps to keep depression from being a problem. There are ways to keep the conversation going as well as engaging your loved one in meaningful memories.

  1. Find a way to spark fond memories and ask your loved one what were some valuable things they learned from their parents.
  • This question gives them the opportunity to go down memory lane and remember helpful life lessons they learned from their parents.
  • This can also be a talking point about how they grew up and were shaped into adulthood.
  • Some follow-up questions can include asking how their parents taught them a specific task or lesson, why it was important to their parents that they learned this task or lesson, and if they think they learned that task or lesson and then passed it on to the next generation.
  • You could ask if their parents were hard workers and what they did for fun, such as travel or visit family.

2. Ask about a major turning point and how it affected them.

  • Having lived a long, full life, seniors have many turning points in their lives and by talking about them it may help them understand some the choices they made.
  • Finding out more details about those turning points, how your loved one felt and what impact did they have in life can be helpful.
  • Other questions can include if the senior would have taken that same path given what they know now.
  • It’s important to remember to be sensitive to your loved one’s emotional well-being when having these conversations and only allow them to talk as they feel comfortable.

It’s important for you to be at the point where you feel comfortable in a family gathering and are able to put the stresses of caregiving behind. A family meal might also be a good opportunity to talk with siblings or other family members about how your elderly parent is doing and what everyone can do to help out. When they can see in person the amount of help your aging parent really needs, they may be more willing to extend a little more assistance.

The caregivers at Great Care are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs. Great Care is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable senior care in the Indianapolis, IN and the surrounding areas. Call (888) 240-9101 for more information.

 

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com

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