The holidays are a busy and exciting time for people of all ages! Sometimes it can be more difficult for our seniors.
Cold weather can keep our seniors indoors, making it possible for isolation, loneliness and even depression. With so much happening, we want to keep our senior loved ones in the festivities as much as possible.
Planning holiday activities for our seniors can help them stay engaged and active throughout the day so their holidays are bright too.
Holiday activities are a great way to keep seniors body and mind active and slow down memory decline. Being active and building strength will also help with falls and other injuries.
Make sure your elders have a merry time this winter by organizing and attending activities the entire family can enjoy.
Here are a few more ideas for sharing the holidays with our senior loved ones:
Plan a Special Holiday Dinner – The family can cook recipes and some festive holiday main courses to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. The entire family can pitch in with ideas for Christmas cookies or cakes to make.
Make an Older Recipe – Ask your loved ones for their old cookbooks or recipes for ideas on cookies that they remember from years past.
Make a Gingerbread House – Building a gingerbread house brings the family together. Munching on the yummy gumdrops, peppermint candy canes and other candies but not too much, as you want to keep everyone’s blood sugar in check!
Holiday Memories – There’s something joyful about sharing happy memories with someone you love. Seniors love remembering those favourite times with family. They’ll appreciate it if you share some of your favourite stories. It is indeed one of the best holiday activities for seniors.
Family Sing-along – Singing together is one of the oldest forms of bonding and expression. Have the family sing along with classic Christmas songs, such as All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.
Donate a Shoebox Gift – Giving back is a perfect way to feel joy during the holidays; your seniors will love the experience. Help a woman in need receive the ultimate Christmas gift by packing a shoebox full of goodies and sending it to an organization like the Shoebox Project for Women.
Create Hand-made Ornaments – There are many DIY ornament kits out there. Pick one up and get the family together for some ornament-making fun.
Visit a Holiday Light Display – Many towns and cities set up unique Christmas light displays to enjoy on foot or by car. They usually extend past Christmas Day.
The holiday season is prime time for family time, but the hectic party planning and gift shopping can sometimes get in the way of what matters. Remember to include the whole family in the celebrations and keep your seniors close during this time.
If your loved ones need extra care this holiday season, the staff and caregivers at Promyse Home Care are available to help ensure your elders are never alone during the holiday season with our Companion Care.