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7 Bucket List Ideas for Elderly People

By Lee Nyberg, 9:00 am on

People of all ages have a list of dreams and aspirations, and the older we get, the more inspired we are to go after them. If your senior loved one has a bucket list, help him or her mark items off and suggest some of the following activities. 

1. Take a Road Trip

Most people have the desire to get in the car and drive to a random destination, but many don’t attempt it. If your loved one has a sense of adventure, encourage him or her to take the road trip he or she has always dreamed of. You can also offer to tag along and let your loved one choose any destination within reach. Some seniors, especially those who have medical conditions, find it difficult to maintain their health and enjoy adventures.  

Maintaining a high quality of life can be challenging for some seniors, but professional caregivers can help them obtain this goal. Families can trust in Lincoln, NE, non-medical home care experts to help their elderly loved ones focus on lifestyle choices that increase the chances of living a longer and healthier life.

2. Do Charity Work

There is probably a cause your loved one is passionate about. Whether it’s a monetary donation or physical volunteer work, find a charity that supports your loved one’s cause and an opportunity for him or her to support it. Charity work can be as big as donating to a national organization or as small as mentoring a single person in the community. 

3. Learn Something New

Everyone has dreams of speaking fluent French, mastering the piano, or something else they haven’t had the chance to do yet. If this is something your loved one has always talked about but never attempted, help find a teacher, classes, or lessons. There is no age limit on learning new skills or perfecting old talents. 

Learning a new skill can help delay the onset of dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases. Caring for a senior with dementia can be challenging for family caregivers. Luckily, there is dementia care Lincoln families can rely on. Professional dementia caregivers help seniors with dementia stay safe and comfortable at home by preventing wandering, providing cognitive stimulation, and assisting with household chores.

4. Forgive Someone

People hold grudges for years for any number of reasons. Maybe it’s an old best friend or a family member your loved one hasn’t spoken to in decades. Encourage your loved one to make amends. He or she may not always get the desired results, but sometimes it’s good to forgive and let go. 

5. Do Something Daring

It’s important for people to step outside their comfort zone a few times in life, even during the senior years. Encourage your loved one to do something he or she has dreamed about but avoided because of fear. It can be as small as trying an exotic food or riding a roller coaster, or as big as performing stand-up comedy or skydiving.

6. Buy Something Big

Many seniors have always dreamed of owning something nice, but they probably didn’t feel like they should spend the money. If your loved one is in a good financial position, go shopping. Maybe he or she wants to purchase a pair of diamond earrings or install  a swimming pool in the backyard. No matter how big or small, encourage your loved one to treat him or herself if possible. 

7. Get a Makeover

Many people find it hard to manage their appearance as they age. If you think your loved one could benefit from some type of makeover, add it to the list. This might be a full makeover, or it might just mean buying some new outfits or getting a haircut. If a personal makeover isn’t something your loved one is interested in, you can extend this bucket list item to include rearranging his or her home.

Caring for a senior loved one can be overwhelming without assistance. Every senior has different needs when aging in place. Some simply need occasional assistance with household chores, while others may be managing a serious illness and require more extensive 24-hour home care. Lincoln seniors can count on Home Care Assistance to provide the in-home care they need and deserve. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our experienced Care Managers today at (402) 261-5158.