San Antonio caregivers and families can help their senior adults enjoy mealtime through engaging conversation. A recent study regarding mealtime habits of senior adults noted that mealtime loneliness was one of the greatest factors contributing to poor eating habits. As a result, Home Instead Senior Care launched Craving Companionship, a program designed to encourage bringing the family dining table back into the home. This senior-oriented program focuses on including loved ones in family mealtimes.
- However, initiating a family conversation beyond the “meat-and-potatoes” of the evening meal can be challenging. This is especially so if a home bound senior does not have much in common with the daily details of other family members who are caught up in the hectic pace of work and school.
Dr. Amy D’Aprix, a life transition consultant and expert on aging and caregiving, states that sharing memories can be a great conversation starter. “Sharing memories is a great way to deepen your relationship with an aging relative,” D’Aprix said. “But sometimes we all need help in thinking of new and meaningful things to talk about.”
As an evening meal conversation starter, Dr. Aprix developed Caring Cards™. The deck of cards features 50 questions on a wide range of topics that can be used to help engage your senior loved one in meaningful conversation.
For instance, one card features the question:
What are some of the most valuable things you learned from your parents?
Most of us enjoy remembering our parents and the impact they had upon our lives. This question gives seniors the opportunity to talk about key influential teachings from their parents.
For example, if your loved one shares that the “importance of hard work” was a a valuable attribute that they learned from their parents, family members could ask further questions about childhood jobs and early careers.
Another Caring Card conversation starter is:
What was a major turning point in your life and how did it affect you?
Many seniors have had numerous turning points in their lives. Sometimes, reminiscing about turning points allows seniors to make sense of their lives and their choices. Additionally, this bit of history provides valuable insight and understanding for younger generations.
Please visit Craving Companionship if you would like to order a set of Caring Cards, or if you would like additional information on senior nutrition.
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We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior that could benefit from our vast array of home care services in San Antonio, please call us at 877.890.8394 or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full-time staff supervising quality-trained home care personnel covering the San Antonio, Texas area.