- A meaningful and fun experience like an outing is always welcoming especially when many seniors do not get a chance to travel to out of way places on their own. Visit a tourist site, take a gentle walk in one of the many green parks here, just do a car ride through different parts of the island that seniors have not been to. Or how about taking in the view from one of the many high-rise buildings we have?
- Consider taking seniors to a show or a movie. True, these days we need to be a bit mindful of the Covid situation, but a weekday movie is often less crowded. A musical show or a comedy can also be a welcome break, but make sure you seat seniors near exits so that they can nip to the toilet easily.
- Helping seniors to recall their youth by creating a PowerPoint of photographs of their youth can bring back happy memories. Why only do this at a wake? Or share a montage of photos of their travels or times with their grandchildren. Photobooks are quite easily done these days.
- For seniors, there’s nothing like reminiscing the good old days, knowing that they have had a positive influence on people. Help them recall all the good things they have experienced by documenting these in a little book or a letter. How about writing seniors a letter expressing your love and gratitude? Friends and family alike can do this as there will be few seniors who do not appreciate an expression of love and gratitude in words.
Senior principal dietician at Allium Healthcare Mary-ann Chiam talks us through the benefits of an antioxidant-rich diet.