Have you ever asked your mother or father what they would like to do only to receive an answer like, “I don’t know.” You begin rattling off a list of ideas, and you either get no response or a negative response. You suggest a walk and they tell you their arthritis is acting up. Maybe you recommend having a picnic lunch on the patio and they complain it’s too hot or too cool or too sunny. There’s always an excuse. However, your parent has mentioned repeatedly they are bored and lonely and would like to have an evening out. Now what do you do?
Senior support services providers suggest checking out different activities available in the community. In some cities, senior centers have evening dinners that your parent can attend. If they don’t have transportation, often the human resource center has a group of volunteers who provide rides to and from the dinner. Whether your mother or father makes this a weekly engagement or an occasional night out it can be a fun activity with friends and neighbors.
A night out (or day out) may include going to the movies. Many theaters offer discount ticket prices either one day a week or for a particular showing each day. If your mom or dad has no one to attend with, often a senior support services companion may join your loved one and enjoy a movie and a box of popcorn with them.
During the summer months, festivals and evening concerts are very popular in many towns across the U.S. Providers of senior support services may help your loved one plan a trip to one of these events and for a small fee your parent can have an opportunity to step out on the town with a group of people with similar interests.
Sometimes it is best not to ask your parent what they want to do, but suggest they enjoy an evening night out and guide them in making the arrangements.