Grandmothers just want attention from their loved ones – mostly from their children and grandchildren. Family that moves away, the death of a spouse or a friend, and health problems all contribute to the mental well-being of a grandparent. These are only a few things that can make grandmothers feel lonely and depressed. These changes are very common as your grandma gets older with age. But you can help your grandmother feel better by showing your love, maintaining a connection, and reminding her of her importance in your lives. These simple gestures will help ease her sense of loneliness in no time.
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So, as a grandchild, what are the things that you can do to cheer up your grandmother every time they feel depressed and alone? Here are some suggestions.
Staying in touch with your grandma does not have to be expensive. If can’t afford to visit her every weekend, a simple phone call will cheer up her mood. If your schedule allows, set up a regular time for you to call and talk to her. This will help her stay updated about what is happening in your family, and this will also remind her that you care. Knowing that you will be calling at the end of the week will help her get through a week of feeling alone. Let her talk about her, too. Allow her to talk about her feeling of loneliness. Being heard can help her alleviate her depression if you know what she’s going through.
Treat Her to an Outing
Taking out your grandma to grab a bite will change her mood (especially if she can’t go out on her own anymore). This will make her forget about her feelings of loneliness. When you take her out, order her favorite dish but remember to avoid those which are unhealthy for her. An unhealthy diet may only contribute to her feeling of depression and is not good for her.
Send Cards and Letters
Writing letters may feel too old school for you, but it will help brighten your grandma’s day. Receiving personalized cards will be a refreshing throwback for them, especially if they are no longer used to getting cards. It will give them a feeling of going back to those good old days when “I miss you” was not sent via phones. Reading what you wrote will also help her cope with loneliness and will make remind them they are loved.
Make time to visit her in her home, especially if she lives nearby. If you have scheduled visits with your grandma, this will give her something to look forward to and not linger on the days that she feels sad and lonely. Who knows? She might bake your favorite chocolate chip cookie.
Remember, they are worried since they only have a few years left to enjoy moments with you. So, better make the most out of it. Show them your unconditional love, care, and support.