The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be tiring and overstimulating for many older adults. And with everyone shopping, running errands, and attending holiday celebrations, seniors can sometimes feel forgotten in the fun. With a little pre-planning, however, the right adjustments to beloved traditions can be made (or new traditions started) so that the whole family can celebrate the season together.
In our last blog post, we discussed how to include seniors in the holiday fun by creating a memory book. Let’s explore some more fun holiday activities for seniors that you can try to help senior loved ones join in the holiday spirit.
- Go see a local holiday play. Around the holiday season, local high schools, universities and community theaters often host holiday plays and musical events. Take the whole family out for a fun, low-key evening, and follow up with some hot cocoa back at the house.
- Play holiday music. Put on a festive CD or gather around the piano for a holiday sing-along.
- Put together a holiday photo album. Looking at old holiday photos and feeling the nostalgia of all the memories is fun for all ages and is a great, simple way to include a senior in the festivities.
- Help decorate the senior’s home. Decorations are a wonderful way to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Offer to help your elderly loved one set up and decorate a tree, hang wreaths, or string lights. Also, offer your help after the holidays to take down and store the decorations.
- Curl up with a holiday movie. Everyone can enjoy a classic holiday film, like The Grinch. Pop some popcorn and gather together on the couch for some easy yet festive quality time.
When planning holiday activities for seniors, make sure to take note of the senior’s preferences and what they find fun, as well as what they can still participate in, and keep your expectations realistic. Also, remember to take things at a casual pace. You’ll be surprised how slowing down a bit can really help you enjoy the magic of the season. For more tips on how to help seniors have a happy holiday or to learn more about our home care or respite care services, contact the experts in senior home care in Burlington and the nearby areas, Advanced Home Health Care, online or at 319-753-6270.