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Reading with a Grandchild Can Boost Home Care for Aging Veterans, and the Child

Aging Veteran’s Care Tarrytown NY

Aging Veteran's CareWhen Frank was 78 years old he was widowed. He didn’t have many friends in the area, but his youngest daughter lived not too far away with her husband and three children. He appreciated the fact that they would come over quite often, allowing him to spend time with her and her husband talking, getting them to help out with various things around the house, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Even though many veterans don’t realize the value of home care, Frank did. He just didn’t think he could afford it. After some searching, his daughter found out that he may very well qualify for a certain pension program known as the Aid and Attendance Benefit made available through the VA.

While they are waiting for the approval to come through, which they knew was going to take a long time, his daughter and a couple of his grandchildren were beginning to stop by more frequently to help him out and spend time with him.

One evening Frank decided to open up an old book that he used to enjoy as a young child and began reading to his grandchildren. At first it felt uncomfortable for him because he had never done this before, but within a few paragraphs the children were enthralled with the story. They began developing this pattern and habit of reading with one another every time they came over to visit their grandfather. November is National Family Literacy Month and for an elderly veteran, being able to spend time with their loved ones is a great way to provide the emotional support they need.

Reading together as a family can be beneficial in many different ways for everyone involved. For the elderly veteran, it could offer him companionship he may be lacking at the moment. They can also provide tremendous mental benefits as well.

When people read or listen to stories others are telling them, it helps to stimulate certain neural areas in the brain, especially those associated with creativity. Reading is much different than watching a movie because the individual has to use their imagination to interpret what the author is trying to say. Everyone’s mental image of a scene will likely vary by taking part in these activities.

For more information about how The Perfect Home Care, Inc. can help your aging parents remain in their own homes, call 917-399-5578.

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Geralyn DiGiovanni

Manager of Client Services at The Perfect Home Care, Inc.
Geralyn DiGiovanni has been marketing director of The Perfect Home Care since July, 2013. She’s responsible for promoting the agency by identifying and reaching out to market segments that align with the services offered by The Perfect Home Care. Among others, she works closely with geriatric care managers, elder care attorneys, and assisted living facilities. Her industry-specific experience includes multiple stints as a companion aide for seniors. She also has extensive experience in the publishing industry, where she worked as an account manager. “I love this industry and am passionate about working with seniors,” she says.