3 Creative Ways to Love Your Aging Loved-One During Coronavirus Season (…Or Anytime)!
Living in a digital age, there are so many forms of instant communication, from Instagram stories, Snapchat filters, to Facebook likes. Trying to keep up – it’s no wonder we can be a tired and stressed-out society! We live in a time where staying connected is easier than ever, yet deep connection and relationship is hard to find. What if we could go back to simpler times?
Like the times some of our parents and our grandparents lived in. When TV only had 3 channels, and a phone was something that was corded and definitely couldn’t fit in your pocket. During this season, I’m grateful for the technology that keeps us connected! But for many of the seniors in my life, these are technologies that leave them feeling more disconnected than connected to those they love. Add to that, health risks may prevent you from being able to visit in person.
So, here are 3 creative ways to show your parent, grandparent, or any other loved-one, how much you care for them:
Write a Letter. There’s something so special and heartfelt about a handwritten letter. Even if you can’t be with your loved one, a letter from you is something they will hold on to and treasure forever. It’s something they can stick to the fridge or put on display and will serve as a great reminder of how much you love them!
Send a Care Package. It’s easy to get a little stir-crazy when we’re locked in our homes. And no doubt your loved one is feeling some of those same feelings. Why not brighten their day with a care package filled with handpicked items from you? You can order items off of Amazon, so you don’t have to even step foot in a store. Here are some fun ideas of what to include for a box delivered to their front door:
- Popcorn & a New Movie to pop in their DVD player for a fun movie night at home.
- Large Print Books & Scripture Bookmarks for the reader in your life. (Like these on Amazon here, here, and here).
- A gift card for groceries and hand-written recipe cards. Or maybe you want to check with them on what needs stocking in their fridge and surprise them with groceries delivered straight to their front door!
- A “cozy box” with hot chocolate packets, some fuzzy socks or slippers, and some old family pictures (that you haven’t had the time to print until now), that will be sure to bring back happy memories.
Whatever you decide to put in your care package, don’t forget to include your handwritten letter to them!
Make the Call. Whether it’s a regular call or a chat on FaceTime, make a point to call your loved one and check in. Ask them how they’re doing and what they’ve been hearing on the news about the coronavirus. Often talking with those we love about the concerns they have been carrying helps bring clarity and comfort. Take the time to listen and hear the tone in their voice.
Ask about what is going on in their life and tell them about the new happenings in yours. Ask how you can pray for them. Share with them a scripture verse God has been highlighting to You or something He is teaching you. Ask how you can pray for them and if they’d like prayer today.
We have a unique opportunity in this season to be intentional on how we love those around us. Take the time today to make a call, send a surprise gift in the mail, or write a heart-felt note to someone you love.