You are aware that your elders are a generation that has seen and experienced a great deal. They are usually wise, well-spoken people with a lot to say, but you and their in-home care providers have to figure out how to talk to them and get them talking back. It’s always refreshing when they can make us laugh as we walk through the mall or listen to them at church on Sunday morning! It can be difficult for seniors to think of topics that would be interesting conversation starters, but there are some easy go-to topics to choose from.
Before you choose a topic, it’s critical to understand the fundamentals of how to keep your seniors engaged in conversation. Remembering not only what conversations work best for them, but also gently guiding them so they remain engaged in the conversation, is part of this. Discuss one thing that piques your interest. If they get bored, don’t talk in circles, but don’t switch topics too quickly either.
Conversations To Pick
Keep in mind the environment you are talking to a senior in will drastically affect the conversation. Professional in-home care providers can help set up a space with limited distractions. If loud music is playing or the TV is on a senior may not be able to respond to you. Before you begin, ensure the area is quiet and there are minimal distractions.
These conversation starters are good for you, in-home care, and even grandkids.
Talk About The Past
Many seniors have a long history and sometimes talking about it can make a senior happy. You can ask them what they did before they retired, what their childhood was like, and what their family was like. Even if you are the child of a senior you may not know everyone in their family. It can be nice to get the history of one side and this conversation may be a good way to connect with the seniors.
Ask What Their Achievements Are
In-home care providers may not know much about their seniors other than how they’re living right now. It can be nice to get to know who they were before age hit them. What was their biggest accomplishment in life and when did it happen? This allows a senior to feel good about what they did in the past and allows for others to gain a deeper insight into who they’re caring for.
Ask a Senior What Their Favorite Childhood Food Was
It can be hard for even professional caregivers to get a senior to eat. One trick that will start a conversation but also give you some ideas about what the senior wants to eat is by asking them what their past favorite foods have been. Ask why it is their favorite, and what the recipe was like. This question is the perfect conversation starter but can also help you cook for a senior in the future.