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Don't Forget to Call
When was the last time you had a nice conversation with a grandparent or older loved one?  If you scroll through your call history, you might find that it has been longer than you think.  In today’s fast-paced world, it is easy to focus on the daily tasks in front of us and to take our loved ones for granted.  But, making the time to connect with your older loved ones is worth the extra effort.  
Elders look forward to hearing from their loved ones.  It helps them feel connected to you, regardless of how close by or far away you are.  Seniors are often asked how their children or grandchildren are doing when they are chatting with friends.  They enjoy talking about all the wonderful events in your life so it is important to keep them up to date!
Even short conversations can make all the difference in maintaining a relationship with seniors.  Try calling while you are walking the dog or folding laundry just to check in and let them know you are thinking about them.  Seniors appreciate when their loved ones put forth the effort. 
It is especially important to connect with older loved ones if they are living alone or have recently lost their spouse.  Having no one to talk to or eat with at home can be isolating for seniors and can cause them to feel alone, sad, or depressed.  Your phone call might be what it takes to remind them that they are loved and cared about. 
Scheduling a routine call with your loved one also gives them something look forward to.  If you schedule the call, your loved one will make sure they are available and ready to connect. Set a reminder on your calendar to ensure that you remember to call during the scheduled time. 
If you are unsure about what to discuss with your older loved one, start by asking them open-ended questions about their lives.  You can also update them about what is going on in your life and ask them for advice.  Our seniors have life experience that gives them perspective that we might not have.    
Calling your older loved ones is also important because it allows you to check on their health and safety.  By routinely speaking with your older loved ones, it will be easier for you to notice if they are having challenges with their hearing, speech, or memory.  Unfortunately, we often don’t notice that seniors need help until after a problem occurs.  By routinely calling, you can get a better sense of what needs your loved one has. 
There is always another email to answer, errand to run, or event to get to.  But, taking the time to call your older loved one will help you maintain your connection and let them know they are loved!
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