Morgan Hill Today 2014 03 Spring - Page 49

extraordinary to bring joy to our elderly parents because they appreciate time with us – over coffee, looking at pictures of the kids, etc. The other day I was visiting a client and overheard her grandson say, “Mom, I don’t know what to do. Grandma is depressed. I am not a doctor!” We need to share the power of a heart-warming simple event with the younger members of our family and the younger caregivers. The younger generation needs to be reminded that ordinary events, that show they care, will make a big difference. And, of course, there’s a third lesson to be learned from the study. When younger siblings seem unappreciative, remind yourself that they are wired to tie happiness to an adrenaline rush. The study is simply a well-deserved confirmation that ordinary pleasures likely are making an extraordinary difference in the lives of older adults. With 60 being the new 40 and so on, it is a fact that even though simple pleasures matter, some older adults still want to take pictures from the top of the EiffelTower. If you can give them those extraordinary experiences, by all means do so! Just don’t forget that on a day-to-day basis, it is about simple pleasures! The younger generation needs to be reminded that ordinary events, that show they care, will make a big difference. S P R I N G 2 0 1 4 M O R G A N H I L L T O D A Y 49