- Compliment Their Appearance.
80 is the new 60, and since I know many people (women) in their late eighties, I make it a point to comment on how terrific they look.
- Let Them Know They’re Appreciated.
We have so much to learn from anyone older than we are. It’s a shame the way society shuns the older generation. At any given chance, say those three words everyone loves to hear x2: I appreciate you. I love you.
- Encourage Them to Take Good Care.
My mother always used to say, “Health before wealth.” It’s harder to keep in shape as we age, but it doesn’t mean you can’t encourage the latest chair yoga for seniors, or chocolate protein shakes.
- Make Them Feel Special.
Leave a “secret” gift for them that they’ll find after you leave. Or, mail them something you heard them discuss.
- Give Your Undivided Attention.
If you’re going to visit loved ones, pay attention to them, not your social media feed. You can do that in the privacy of your room at night.
- Show Them You Are All Human.
With age comes obstacles. If they forget your birthday or the photo album you just mailed them, give them a free pass. I forget my keys weekly!
- Share Your Resources.
Amazon is simple, but they may not have access to e-anything. Let them know how easy it is to take shortcuts and maybe even do some ordering for them. P.S. – They won’t be able to pay you back on Venmo because they’ve never heard of it.
- Don’t Just Say, Do.
When you say you’re going to do something for somebody, follow through so they don’t have to ask back.
- Support Their Interests.
They may be master bridge players or power walkers in the air-conditioned mall. Either way, lend your full support to their endeavors.
My Aunt Agnes at my 5th Birthday party. She still makes me feel special!