Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays of the year, and your elderly loved one should join in the festivities. There are a variety of holiday-themed activities your loved one can do to enhance his or her physical, mental, and emotional health. Take a look at some engaging activities seniors can enjoy doing on Christmas.
1. Go Caroling
Caroling is a fun activity that can reduce anxiety and aggression. Singing Christmas songs could increase your loved one’s self-confidence and his or her interactions with others. If your loved one joins a group to go caroling through local neighborhoods, the walking could increase his or her muscle strength and alleviate joint pain. Walking to the different houses could also help your loved one burn calories and lose weight. As a result, your loved one could reduce his or her risk of diabetes, strokes, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
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2. Paint Window Murals
Painting murals is a traditional Christmas activity for many seniors, regardless if they have artistic abilities or not. To make this activity easier for your loved one, you can find window mural templates online and print them out. Painting window murals can increase hand-eye coordination, reduce agitation, relieve stress, and lead to happier moods. Once the painting is finished, your loved one may feel a sense of accomplishment, which could boost his or her emotional and mental wellbeing.
3. Create Snowman Crafts
All seniors need to make these crafts are ribbons, white golf balls, pine cones, Styrofoam, and other crafting items. There is no right or wrong way to make snowman crafts. Instead, your loved one can use his or her own creative impulses. Using creative skills to make the snowman crafts may give your loved one a sense of purpose. Making the snowman can enhance your loved one’s hand-eye coordination while boosting his or her cognitive abilities and overall mood.
4. Make Holiday Gift Baskets
Holiday baskets can include Christmas cookies and candies, in addition to snow globes, edible gingerbread houses, holiday-themed mugs, and much more. Your loved one can make these baskets to give out to family and friends for Christmas, or he or she can donate the baskets to charity. Making baskets is a feel-good activity that boosts brain function in aging adults. Giving the gift baskets away to family and friends or to charity is a selfless act that can help seniors reduce the risk of stress and the symptoms of depression.
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5. Make Old-Fashioned Ornaments
Making ornaments allows seniors to interact with their grandchildren and share memories from the past. Today’s ornaments are fancy and made with glamorous materials, but old-fashioned ornaments could be made using Christmas cookies, Styrofoam balls, paper angels, ribbon, popcorn, peanuts, and other materials. Your loved one can alleviate boredom and boost his or her mood by making the ornaments with others. Once the ornaments are created, your loved one can use them to decorate the tree, which is another way to boost socialization skills.
Some seniors may need help engaging in holiday-themed activities. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, New Hampshire Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks. To hire a professionally trained caregiver for your senior loved one, call us at (603) 471-3004 today.