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10 Interesting Bucket List Ideas for the Elderly

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Many seniors have a bucket list of things they would like to accomplish before they pass away. If you are a family caregiver, discuss a few healthy and enjoyable bucket list ideas with your loved one, as suggested by the Birmingham home care professionals at Home Care Assistance.

1. Learn a New Language

Many seniors would love to learn a new language, and you can help them with this task in a number of ways. Open Culture offers several free online courses from top universities. Languages offered include Arabic, Chinese, French, and Greek. Many local colleges allow seniors to take courses at nominal fees, and there are also numerous tape programs to assist seniors. Some of these may be available for free at your local library.

2. Support a Charity

Many seniors want to give back to the world. You can help your loved one achieve this goal by getting his or her financial estate in order. Several nonprofit organizations seek senior volunteers, and you can recommend a few of them to your aging loved one. 

3. Learn a New Hobby

Aging adults are never too old to learn something new. Discuss your loved one’s hobbies and see what resources are available in the local community to help him or her pursue such hobbies. Many senior citizen centers offer craft and quilting classes,  some libraries conduct music classes, and local community theaters may welcome seniors to get involved. 

4. Travel

If your senior loved one enjoys travelling, consider his or her options. Some cruises take special care of seniors, and there are also RV groups consisting of seniors who travel together across the United States. Some seniors prefer traveling and giving back to the community together by volunteering with church-related or other nonprofit agencies. Some federal and state parks welcome seniors to live there for free, in exchange for a few hours of work each month. 

5. Try a New Food

Whether your loved one wants to try a new food or a certain restaurant, you can make his or her dream come true. If the food is not available in your local market, try going on the Internet, search, and order online. 

6. Read a Particular Book

According to Google, there are more than 130 million books in the world. Ask your senior loved one which book he or she might be interested in reading. Most libraries offer free inter-library loan programs, so seniors can often get a book to read for free.

7. Redecorate a Room

You may be surprised to learn some seniors do not appreciate the way the rooms in their home look. Ask your loved one which room in the house needs an upgrade. Suggest a few magazines and books on redecoration. Together with your loved one, you can help redesign the room just the way he or she would want it.

8. Get a Pet

Many seniors feel lonely at times and pets can offer companionship. Ask your aging loved one what type of pet he or she would like to keep. It could be a cat, dog, bird, or even a backyard farm animal like a rooster or pig.

9. Paint a Masterpiece

Your parent or grandparent may be fond of painting. Many art studios offer art courses for seniors at a nominal fee. Alternatively, you may consider adult paint-by-numbers or adult-style coloring books for your senior loved one.

10. Write a Personal History

One of the best ways for seniors to share their life story and experiences with generations to come is by writing a book. While some aging adults are good at recalling major life events, you can help your loved one recall his or her memories by asking simple and engaging questions.

Preparing a bucket list for your loved one requires time and planning. Another important aspect of your loved one’s life that may need some planning is the ability to accomplish daily activities. Hourly caregivers at Home Care Assistance assist seniors with a number of daily activities, such as bathing and grooming, leaving you with spare time to plan your loved one’s next bucket list activity. For high-quality respite home care, Birmingham, AL, residents can call us at (205) 438-6925.