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Caregiver Outings: Supporting the Local High School Theater Department with Your Seniors

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Caregivers in Washington DCGoing on outings with your elderly loved ones can be a tremendously enriching and enjoyable element of your caregiver journey with them. By heading out of the home and doing new things together you can stimulate their minds, encourage them to get more physical activity into their routine, and create memories that you can cherish well into the future.

One fantastic way for you to get your parents more active, support their mental and emotional health, and get them involved in the community around them is to support the local high school theater department by attending plays. Going out to the theater is always a special occasion that encourages you to look your best, share in conversation, and enjoy an event that will trigger memories, stimulate your senses, and boost your mental and emotional health. Going to a large professional theater, however, can be extremely expensive and can create an overwhelming experience for an elderly adult, particularly if your seniors suffer from limitations and challenges that might be difficult or even impossible to address when in that situation. By choosing to go to the local high school theater productions you can not only offer support and encouragement to the young actors, offer financial help to the department so that they can continue to nurture teenagers in their pursuit of the arts, and enjoy a more relaxing and casual evening, but you can also feel confident that the environment is more conducive to helping a senior who may need to leave the production or who cannot handle the atmosphere or stimulation of a larger theater.

Use these tips to help you create a memorable and meaningful evening in your caregiver journey with your elderly loved ones by supporting the local high school theater department when you attend a play:
Research the options. If you live in an area that has several high schools within a relatively close distance of each other, make sure that you take the time to research the seasons of each of the different departments. While the schools will likely put on their productions close to one another, they will all do different ones. This is your chance to choose a play that you know your parents will enjoy, such as a musical or a familiar play from when they were younger. Find information through the social media accounts of the different school departments or by contacting the department head from each school.
• Buy tickets in advance. The lines to purchase tickets at the door can be extremely long and if the school is putting on a popular play there is always a chance that it will sell out. Contact the department to find out how you can purchase tickets in advance and ask if there are special seating considerations for seniors. They may be able to arrange for your loved ones to enter the theater first so that you do not need to wait in line or get caught up in the wave of people all trying to enter at once.
• Ask about matinees. Though not common, schools sometimes put on matinee performances of their most popular plays. These will be less crowded and because they are earlier in the day they will be less stressful for your loved ones.
• Choose seating carefully. Choose where you sit with your seniors every carefully. You want to take into consideration them being able to see and hear the production well, but also how difficult it will be to get them into and out of that seat. If they may need to leave during the production, such as if they need to use the restroom or are overwhelmed and need a break, you will want to be close enough to an exit that you can leave surreptitiously. Consider visiting the school on an afternoon before the production and asking for a tour of the theater so that you can get familiar with it before you come to the play with your seniors. Explain the situation and allow them to give you recommendations about where to sit.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring a professional caregiver in Washington DC, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.

About Kira Tewalt, Founder, Manager

Philia is founded and managed by Kira Tewalt. As a working mom, Kira understands the delicate balance between attending to the needs of her family and a demanding job. She knows that many people also have the added burden of caring for their parents. Kira founded Philia to help this sandwiched generation and because she loves the authenticity of children and seniors. They are her true passion. Philia was founded to holistically care for our most vulnerable citizens – children and seniors. We do this by focusing on the entire persons needs – not just their physical needs. For children, this means placing a nanny who has an in-depth understanding of childhood development to help the child with social, emotional and physical development skills to increase their confidence. For Seniors, this means planning activities that go beyond helping them with activities of daily living. The activities will facilitate their emotional and psycho-social wellbeing as well. Kira has a Masters of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters of Systems Engineering from George Washington University. She lives in Washington DC with her husband, 2 children, dog and 2 cats, and enjoys spending time with her family and running through woods with her dog.