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Finding a way to get your aging parents and teens to connect is tough. Teens have their own interests. In a 2019 survey from a marketing agency that focuses on reaching teens and young adults, the top five teen interest were as follows.
Smartphones (Gaming, watching videos, and socializing)
Video Games (Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Minecraft, League of Legends, and Sims 4 were bestselling)
Sports (Playing and watching)
Food (Pizza, tacos, and sushi were favorites)
Books (Fantasy topped the list of interests)
With this information, you can come up with ways to bridge the gap between your teens and your parents. Here are some ideas.
Get Them Playing Games Together
Many games today seem to be more like movies than games. If your parents enjoy watching movies, get your teen to play a game like Firewatch. The plot of the game and graphics create a movie-like feel that makes the game just as much fun to watch as it is to play.
If your parents like to play games, too, your teen could find two player games that they could play together. Spend a little money on the replica Atari or NES consoles that have dozens of games loaded onto one unit. Your parents will remember many of the games, and your teens will love the look at how far video games have come.
Read Books, Chat, and Watch the Movies
If your teens like to watch, have them share some of the books they liked the most. Have your parents read them too. When everyone is done, see if there's a movie adaptation and watch it together. Some of the current young adult books that have movies include the Hunger Games series, haunting movies like If I Stay, or upcoming movies from books like All the Bright Places.
After going through young adult books, switch to books your parents loved that are movies. Harrison Ford is starring in an upcoming release of Call of the Wild. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a great book and the movie was also exceptional.
While your teens and parents are busy having fun together, you'll be able to focus on the other tasks around the house. Get meals prepared for the week or do the laundry.
Caregivers are another important tool when it comes to your parents' care. You shouldn't overwhelm yourself. Senior care services place a caregiver with your parents. While they're getting the help they need, you'll have time to visit friends, tend to your own needs, or run errands. Call a senior care agency to make arrangements.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Senior Care in Columbia, SC, please talk to our caring staff. Call today (803) 223-6173.