With our modern lives being so busy, the art of the "Sunday Dinner" has been lost. For many older adults, Sunday dinners were always a time of family celebration: enjoying a delicious meal surrounded by loved ones, sharing each other's lives and having spirited conversations. These moments are what our senior loved ones remember fondly. As seniors age they are oftentimes longing for traditions such as these, to help them get back in touch with their children's lives and build new memories. We at Home Instead Senior Care believe that the "Sunday Dinner" is more important now than ever.
Taking the time to sit and enjoy a few hours with family and friends is something we can participate in and benefit from. Family dinner is a team effort – at least, it should be. When the whole family pitches in, the hosts will likely feel less pressured and everyone becomes part of the action.
Seniors can sometimes feel left out of the planning as well as the dinner itself, especially if health and mobility issues have impacted their ability to assist. The following six suggestions can help seniors stay involved in this familiar family activity as they age:
Making this a part of your family's weekly routine and including your senior loved one will have a positive effect on everyone. This is especially true for the senior who looks forward to sharing these treasured moments.