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Ask them
It’s possible that we’ve been too busy in the past, with work and our kids’ school and activities, to really listen to what the senior citizens in our family actually need or want to do. Perhaps we don't need to inspire them or pitch ideas at all. Before anything else, we should ask them what they’d like to have or do to keep themselves occupied during this time of social distancing or quarantine. Is there a craft project, a special movie (streaming or on DVD), or maybe a jigsaw puzzle theme they’d enjoy? Is it something we can order for them online? As well-intentioned as our own ideas may be, our senior family members will appreciate most of all if we listen to what they really want. A listening ear and understanding heart is the kindest gift we can give, during quarantine or any time.

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