Caregivers and Loved Ones, Time to Play!

Play theorist Brian Sutton-Smith shares his observation: “The opposite of play is not work, it is depression.”

We can all benefit from some type of playful activities, as a family or one-on-one with your loved one for whom you are providing caregiving services. One definition of play is, “a state of being that is intensely pleasurable.”

Examples of play can include activities such as memory games, card games, listening to music, role-playing activities and numerous other creative ways to help build upon the new relationship you have with your family member or friend as their caregiver.

Play helps to get the patient involved, and when we are involved in our decisions, we tend to be happier and more compliant.

Have you tried play with your loved one? If so, did it work to help provide a better relationship?



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