Back-to-school shopping! The bright colors in a new box of crayons…the crispness of a new packet of paper…a new book satchel. Do you remember the sweet, damp smell of fresh ink from the mimeograph machine?
Going back to school isn’t just for kids and back-to-school shopping needn’t be limited to crayons, notebooks and pencils. This is a great time of year to help your senior consider a new hobby, a new exercise class or even serving as a volunteer in the classroom. What about contacting Volunteer Fairfax for more ideas on volunteering?
Home Instead Senior Care, Fairfax believes that remaining active and staying involved helps seniors combat health issues such as depression. The doldrums of dog-day summer afternoons can be shaken off with a new focus on senior-friendly activities and interests. So, why not give back-to-school shopping a try as a gateway to opening up discussions for other interests or activities that a senior may have wish to revisit?
A trip down the school supply aisle may lead to a nostalgic trip down memory lane. A discussion about favorite subjects, passions, unique school experiences or a story about a life-changing teacher can open the doors for future activities and discussions. These talks could lead to opportunities for further exploration. Shopping for back-to-school supplies is a great way for seniors to connect with grandchildren or community groups. Many organizations provide supplies for schools in their area and a multi-generational shopping trip is a wonderful opportunity for seniors and their grandchildren to interact. Not only will the student’s shopping list be fulfilled, but a local schools can benefit from your shopping trip.
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We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior who could benefit from our vast array of home care services in the Fairfax area , please call us at 703.750.6644, or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff of trained and certified home care personnel covering the Fairfax County, Virginia area.