The holidays can be difficult for seniors who may no longer enjoy the ease of movement and the physical strength that they once had. Rather than focusing on what can’t be done, family caregivers can involve their senior loved ones in activities that help to make the season a lot more fun and exciting. The New Hampshire in-home care experts at Home Care Assistance present our favorite winter activities that are great for boosting holiday spirit.
- Decorating the Home – While bringing in the tree may be a little much, a senior member of the family can settle into a comfortable chair and help prepare the decorations. This can include untangling strands of lights, organizing ornaments, or even making paper chains or stringing popcorn for tree decor. Through it all, some nice holiday music and conversation with the family will make the time pleasant for everyone involved.
- Schedule a Game Night – The hustle and bustle of the holidays can get to everyone, including seniors. Take a breather by planning a game night. Allow the senior to choose the game of choice. Whether cards or some sort of board game, the evening will be a lot of fun, especially when younger members of the family are included.
- Plan an Afternoon Tea – Arrange for some long time friends to visit your aging loved one in the afternoon. Plan a simple tea along with some goodies and allow them plenty of time to visit. Sharing memories of good times will do wonders to help stave off the holiday blues.
- Enjoy a Movie Night – Plan a night that includes nothing but comfort food and holiday movies. The senior gets to choose at least one movie. Make sure everyone is comfortable and has something good to eat and drink. The evening will fly by in no time.
- Read as a Family – Once upon a time, many families would gather in one room to hear one person read out loud. If your loved one would like, gather the family for a reading from a book of scripture, or a favorite holiday story. The moment together will be good for everyone, young and old.
Seniors have a lot to contribute to the holidays. Identify things they can do and then step back. Their contributions will make the holidays a lot of fun and create memories that everyone will treasure for years.
If you are concerned about how you are going to manage your aging parent or loved one’s care needs with the increased demands of the holidays, reach out to Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire today. While we specializes in live-in or 24 hour care, we also provide part-time care in New Hampshire where a highly trained and compassionate caregiver can help your loved one carry out holiday activities, assist with errands, meal preparation, and so much more – all while you can enjoy a bit of respite and relaxation for yourself. For more information, call 603-471-3004 to speak with a friendly Care Manager and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.