Holidays are an opportunity to connect with senior loved ones!

The keys to quality time are conversation, intention, and attention. So this Easter, we encourage you to only whip out your phone for photos and reminiscing.

When you get to a family gathering with loved ones in their eighties, nineties, or those struggling with dementia, take at the beginning of the gathering. No one will forget to take photos, and no one will be overly tired or stimulated.

Once you have your photos taken, dive into quality time. What’s true for young children is true for any relationship – when you give someone your complete focus, they feel seen, heard, valued, and loved. When engaging with your senior loved one, ask questions and listen deeply! You never know what you might discover, even from a parent.

We put together a list of activities and conversations starters to get you going.

If your loved one is experiencing dementia symptoms that make it difficult to communicate verbally, you can still connect through physical touch, singing, or even storytelling. By simply sitting, holding their hand, and telling your loved one about your life, you experience the meaningful connection you both need. Depending on the stage of illness, a loved one with dementia can still participate in Easter activities. You do not need to correct their experience or memories shared in this process; simply let them enjoy.

Easter Ideas Plus Converstaion Starters

Dye Easter Eggs

  • Conversation starter: What is your favorite Easter memory?
  • Conversation starter: Did you dye Easter eggs as a child?
  • Conversation starter: Did your family dress up for Easter?

Make Easter Baskets

  • Conversation starter: What special things did your parents do for you during the holidays?
  • Conversation starter: Did your Mom make Easter baskets for you as a child?
  • Conversation starter: What car did your Dad drive when you were young?

Fill Plastic Eggs with Candy

  • Conversation starter: Did you have a favorite candy as a child?
  • Conversation starter: What is your favorite meal?
  • Conversation starter: Growing up, did you have a parent or loved one that made great desserts?

Make Deviled Eggs

  • Conversation starter: Do you have a favorite dish that your mom used to make?
  • Conversation starter: What food or soda did you enjoy that they don’t make anymore?
  • Conversation starter: What was your favorite movie as a teenager?

Watch Old Family Videos

  • Conversation starter: Ask about people you don’t know or remember in the videos.
  • Conversation starter: What was your first car or job?
  • Conversation starter: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Intention and attention are the recipes for strong communication and connection! Our mental health is just as important as our physical health. 



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