While this “holiday” was created by dentists to give back to the community, it can become a great way for you to pack some fun into your parent’s day by sharing smiles with the kids in her life or in her community. Winter months can sometimes make for long days inside without a lot to look forward to, and celebrating a joyful day like “Give Kids a Smile” might be just what your aging parent needs to brighten her day.
Start with Family
The pandemic and social distancing have made even sharing a smile difficult at times, but not impossible. Have your parent use Feb 5 to reach out to her grandkids, nieces, and nephews to share a smile (and get some great smiles in return!). Depending on your parent’s comfort and ability to use technology, arrange a fun zoom game night with the grandkids that night so she can see their faces and share smiles over the internet. If you arrange for someone like yourself of her senior care provider to be home while the virtual gathering is happening, you can make sure she’s all set to share her smile while using technology.
If technology isn’t her thing, having grand kids come over and smile while practicing social distancing can be fun, too. Whether it’s a simple window visit or maybe some time spent outside, she’s sure to share plenty of smiles. If facemasks are needed, paint or draw smiles on everyone’s mask to make it a funny gathering.
Smile at the Neighbors
Whether it’s a walk around the neighborhood on Feb 5 or a slow drive up and down neighborhood streets, having your parent take the time to smile at those who live close to her is sure to make their days a little brighter while also lifting your parent’s spirits. Your senior care provider can drive so your parent can look out the window for outside neighbors or can help her walk safely around the neighborhood.
Share Smiles with those in Need
Unfortunately, with the current safety measures set up, many volunteering opportunities have had to be postponed or rescheduled for future dates. That doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to share a smile with a child though. Simply writing letters to children in the hospital will be a sure way to help them smile. Have your parent draw a picture of herself with a big smile on her face and mail it off saying something like “I’m sending this smile to you today. I hope it makes you smile, too!” If you parent is comfortable online, she might even be able to find organizations where she can read a story to young children through a video. Nothing brings smiles to kids’ faces more than silly stories.
2020 was all about getting creative with the way we do things and hopefully, that creativity is continuing now in 2021 as we continue to reach out and share our hearts and our smiles. Reminding your parent that there’s always a way to spread joy and love will not only bless her but those around her.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Senior Care in Madison, WI please contact the caring staff at Agape Senior Services Madison today. (608) 841-1004