We’ve helped our children with everything from putting on their socks to learning to drive. When our grandkids came, we started all over. However, a disabled grandparent may find the roles reversed.
Many of us feel left out in the world of technology. But our grandkids get it. They’re surrounded by technology all day at school and can become quite savvy at an early age.
This is good news for any grandparent with a junior helper but a disabled grandparent can benefit even more.
Our grandkids can set up and teach us to use emergency numbers on our phones. They can help to locate and bookmark articles pertaining to our particular disabilities so we can receive helpful updates.
If we need assistance with everyday life around the house, we can choose age-appropriate chores for our grandkids. Things like taking out the garbage, light dusting and folding laundry all add up.
Even our youngest grands can pitch in. They can fetch socks from our drawers, bring us a blanket, book or paper, and pencil for list making.
However, if our needs are greater, we should give them a chance to learn about them. Older grandsons and daughters can run errands, cook, make business calls and accompany to medical appointments.
When they take us shopping, it’s good to stop for lunch, too. These moments are not just to complete tasks. They’re for memory making.
Disabled grandparents can be a blessing in disguise
When I was young, my grandmother moved in with our family. As my siblings and I rushed past her, she would reach up for our hands. Then she blessed us out loud.
Her vision and hearing were nearly gone. And she moved so slowly that it was sometimes aggravating. However, when I heard her bless me, something inside stopped to listen.
Sometimes our grands may get impatient with our ailments and various incapacities. Yet, if we include them in ways they can achieve and shower them with praise, they may pause someday to remember.
Do you have disabilities, or quirks of aging, that leave your adult children on call? Why not include some of the grands, even if just to bring in the mail.