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Family Fun Month: Board Games That Multiple Generations Love

Companion Care at Home in San Ramon CA
Companion Care at Home in San Ramon CA

Celebrate Family Fun Month together this August by having a game night. Have close family members bring one of your dad’s favorite dishes for an early dinner. Once you’ve had the meal, get out board games that multiple generations love and play games until your dad is ready to call it a night. Companion care at home can help your senior stay busy with board games and puzzles throughout the month of August, too.

Here are a few great games to try with your senior:

Apples to Apples

In Apples to Apples, players are dealt cards and must play them in order to fill in the blank shown on the card that’s in play in the center of the table. Suppose the card in the center of the table says, “Things That Are Fake.” You could play “Reality TV” and hope the judge finds it funny enough to give you the point.

I Should Have Known That

I Should Have Known That is a trivia game for people who aren’t great at traditional trivia games. It asks questions that most people won’t have a clue as to what the answer is, so guesses become your best chance at winning. It includes questions like “What is Greece called in Greek?” Earn points if you’re able to guess answers correctly, and lose points for wrong guesses.


This is a game about fast thinking where the person who yells out an answer the fastest gets a point. The card will have a topic on one side and a letter on the other. If you draw, “Book Titles” and flip it over to find the letter L, you have to think of a book that starts with the letter L. Be the fastest to come up with an answer to get the point.


This drawing game works similar to the childhood game Telephone. The first player has a secret word and draws it for the next player to guess, only that player has to draw the guess rather than write it out. The game goes around the table until it reaches the last person who then looks at the drawing they were handed and has to write out what it is.

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride is a strategy game where you take possession of train routes across the U.S., around Europe, or many other geographic areas depending on the game you purchase. If there are children younger than eight, there is also Ticket to Ride: First Journey.

When you don’t live close enough to visit each day or week, who does your dad rely on for help? Does he try to do everything on his own? It’s time to address the benefits of companion care at home services. Let caregivers help him with meals, housework, laundry, and errands.

Companion care at home services also include regular visits to ensure your dad is able to socialize as often as he needs. Call today to learn more.

If you or an aging loved one is considering companion care at home in San Ramon, CA, please contact the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Walnut Creek. (925) 203-3039.

Home Care For Seniors Makes The Holidays Bright

Elder Care in San Ramon CA
Elder Care in San Ramon CA

The holidays are coming fast. The holidays can be a happy time spent with family, but they can also be a sad time for many seniors. Seniors who have recently lost a spouse or a loved one, seniors who are aging in place and are stuck inside because of bad weather, and seniors who are far away from their loved ones all can struggle with depression during the holidays.
Even if you have plans to visit your senior loved one during the holidays, you should consider the many benefits of elder care during this busy time. If your senior loved one has regular visits from an elder care provider, you can be sure that they are getting the warm companionship and help that they need to keep their spirits up during the holiday season. And if your plans change because of a delayed or cancelled flights or bad weather you won’t have to worry about senior loved one being alone for the holidays. Some of the other ways that elder care providers can make the holidays bright for your senior loved one include:

Holiday Baking

The holidays just aren’t the same without delicious treats that only get made once a year. An elder care provider can help your senior loved one shop for all of those special holiday treat ingredients and bake cookies, cakes, candy, and other traditional holiday treats. Seniors will love being able to bake all their favorite holiday specialties for holiday parties, cookie exchanges, and other events. They will also enjoy just eating them with a cup of cocoa or tea on a cold winter night.

Hanging Holiday Decorations

Your senior loved one may no longer be able to easily balance on a step ladder to hang holiday lights and decorations. They also may need assistance putting up a holiday tree and putting out of their holiday decorations. Many people treasure their holiday decorations and have curated special collections of decorations over many decades. When you can’t be there to help your senior loved one decorate an elder care provider can make sure that your senior parent’s home gets decorated the way it should.

Singing Carols

Holiday music can turn anyone’s mood from sad to happy. An elder care provider can create holiday music playlists and play holiday music and sing along with your senior parent. It’s great for seniors to spend time singing and dancing, especially seniors with dementia. And holiday classics are great music for seniors because they are familiar tunes and lyrics that your senior loved one will recognize instantly as soon as the music starts.

Sending Holiday Cards

If your senior loved one has arthritis or a medical condition that makes writing difficult an elder care provider can help them write out holiday cards and get them ready to send. A senior home care provider can also take all of those cards to the post office or arrange to have them picked up so that they get mailed in plenty of time to arrive before the holidays.

If you or an aging loved one is considering elder care in San Ramon, CA, please contact the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Walnut Creek. (925) 203-3039.