National Grandparents Day is coming up this weekend on Sunday, September 10. Not sure how to celebrate Grandparents Day with grandparents in assisted living? You’ve come to the right place. We have five great ways to make grandparents feel loved and appreciated this Grandparents Day.
Spend the day with them.
If your grandparents are used to spending just a couple hours with you at a time, spending the whole day together could mean the world to them. Plan a full day of activities for you to share together. Focus your schedule on activities that they enjoy and that fit their pace. It doesn’t have to be too elaborate. The activities aren’t as important as simply sharing your company.
Buy them a gift.
No matter how old you are or what the occasion, gifts are one of the best ways to make a person feel special. If you’re having difficulty coming up with what to get them, think about what you’ve noticed makes them smile the most. Maybe that means giving them a framed photo of the two of you together!
Ask about their life.
Your grandparents lived a full life before they became your grandparents, and they have lots of stories to tell. Ask them what life was like when they were your age, what kinds of things they did for fun, what goals they had, and what kinds of clothes they wore. You might discover some unexpected similarities that bring you even closer together!
Update them on your life.
Grandparents love nothing more than to feel connected and involved in the lives of their grandkids. Sit down and fill them in on what’s going on in your life (or call them on the phone if you live out of state). Take photos of places and people in your daily life to share with them. If your grandparents aren’t able to visit in person, physical photos let them feel included in your world.
Send a card.
Even if you’re going to be visiting your grandparents in person on Grandparents Day, mail them a card for the holiday. Cards let people know you’re thinking of them, and that you took the time to let them know you care. They also make for a good memento that your grandparents can hang up on the fridge and smile at long after the holiday is passed.
Most importantly of all, don’t forget to remind your grandparents that you love them! Everything else is just icing on the cake.