Planning Holiday Activities with the Senior in Mind

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The holiday season is a time full of joy and festivities for many, but this time can prove painful and lonely for seniors and older adults. Life changes, loss of loved ones, and decreasing independence are a few reasons that some seniors may not look forward to the holiday season in the same way as their other family members.

To help your aging parent or loved one avoid the holiday blues, it’s important to include them in the holiday festivities without forcing activities and events on them. As a leading provider of home care in Naples, FL, we wanted to share some of our favorite holiday activities that families can enjoy with their senior loved ones.

  • A trip down memory lane. Take time to reminisce with the seniors in your life. Your aging parents and grandparents have a wealth of knowledge and wisdom. Encourage them to share stories of their past and be sure to include your children so they can pass on great information to the younger generation. You can also take the time to look through photo albums and watch family videos.
  • Get hands on. Getting crafty can be a great way to spend time together over the holidays. Take into consideration which activities are most appropriate for your loved one’s abilities. Try to avoid activities that may be difficult or cause frustration for the senior. Simple tasks like making garland chains or painting salt dough ornaments are easy and fun. Crafty activities are good for a senior’s hand eye coordination and strengthening muscles of the hand.
  • Spend time in the kitchen. Holiday cookie baking and decorating is an activity that can be appreciated by all ages, and the process can be split amongst various members of the family. If your loved one has trouble standing for long periods, consider having them complete certain parts of the preparation process while sitting at the table. Measuring ingredients, mixing batter, and frosting cookies are all things that can be done while seated. 
  • Tour the community. Physical activity is extremely important, and can become harder to achieve in the winter time. If weather permits, take a walk and admire Christmas lights outside or visit a local shopping center and check out the window displays. Encourage your aging loved one to stay active to help ensure a healthier and happier season.

By including your aging parents and loved ones in holiday planning and gatherings, you can help boost their outlook and mood during this joyous time of year. If you provide care for a senior loved one and feel that you are unable to effectively manage your caregiving and holiday responsibilities, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Naples today. We provide live-in and hourly home care in Naples, offering seniors the high level of care they need, and their families with respite to tend to enjoy the holiday season. For more information, call a friendly Care Manager at 239-449-4701 today.

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