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Plan for your children to have time with their grandparents, and encourage them to strengthen that relationship by sharing photo albums and family histories, or introducing a favorite hobby.

Building Relationships with Grandkids Reaps Many Benefits for Seniors

Both grandchildren and their grandparents benefit from a strong relationship. But sometimes older adults need help building that bond.

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A Senior’s Best Friend

Taking care of another dog might be a big challenge for an older widow who just lost her longtime pooch companion, but research shows that the benefits of pet ownership often outweigh the drawbacks.

Senior couple happily posing together.

Anniversary for Seniors Can Still Generate Romance

A special celebration for your senior loved ones doesn’t have to be elaborate. The big night, including a dinner for two, could be a memorable affair that includes great food, music, decorations and a picture display or scrapbook.

Senior women playing cards together.

Companionship Helps Alleviate Lonely Nights

Options exist for senior widows and widowers who feel isolated because they can no longer drive. Senior centers and churches are good places to start. The local Home Instead Senior Care® office can lend a hand, too.

Senior volunteer, Rita Baresh helps a boy with reading.

How Volunteering Can Help You Live Healthier and Longer

For many people, one of the highlights of volunteering is the opportunity to meet new people and stay engaged in the community. In fact, in a survey conducted by Home Instead Senior Care, 74 percent of those who responded said that volunteering helped them overcome feeling isolated, and 92 percent said they met new friends through volunteering.

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Volunteer Activities Help Seniors Find Fulfillment

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Conversation Tops Senior Activity List

Keeping busy can help seniors stay healthy and vital as they age. It may not be surprising that the simple act of conversation topped the list of favorite activities in a caregiving survey. That's why family caregivers should do everything they can to ensure older adults have companionship.

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Seniors Planning a Reunion Should Start Early, Seek Help

Family reunions are great ways for seniors to connect with other generations. Family caregivers can play an important role ensuring that older adults get the kind of reunion they want. The support of a professional CAREGiver could help as well.

Family caregivers can encourage veterans to discuss their stories and share their historical legacies.

Veterans' History Project Helps Preserve Wartime Stories

Senior loved ones often are a treasure trove of information that is not only valuable to their families, but that may be of interest to others as well. Family caregivers can encourage them to discuss these stories and share their historical legacies.

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Activity Plan Can Brush Away Senior Blues

The death of a spouse can throw an older adult into turmoil and leave family members wondering how to help. According to senior care experts, providing ideas for activities, encouragement and support are the best ways to help a grieving loved one cope.

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