Keeping seniors actively engaged in hobbies and interests after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is important. It’s common for seniors to withdraw from socialization, but family caregivers need to help their aging loved ones foster emotional connections and stay involved in activities they previously enjoyed. Here are some Thanksgiving activities that are safe for seniors with Alzheimer’s.
1. Playing Thanksgiving Bingo
Bingo is a fun game many older adults enjoy, including those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The game is easy to understand and play, and it can also provide stimulation for cognitive facilities such as attention and memory. You can download a Thanksgiving bingo board off the internet or create your own. Playing bingo is a great way to boost social connections, which is extremely important for seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Playing games with a senior parent can also be a great way for his or her caregiver to release stress and let go. For some families, caring for a senior loved one can be overwhelming at times. Luckily, they can rely on professional respite care. New Hampshire Home Care Assistance is a trusted name in respite and hourly care. Our caregivers are available around the clock to assist seniors with bathing, transportation, medication reminders, exercise, and much more, allowing families the time they need to focus on other important responsibilities or just take a break.
2. Making Yarn-Wrapped Turkey Crafts
Thanksgiving-themed crafts can turn days of boredom into festive times for older adults living with Alzheimer’s. Make sure to monitor your loved one as he or she makes the yarn-wrapped turkeys, especially when handling various crafting tools and supplies. Completing this activity can help seniors utilize many of their senses instead of isolating themselves and allowing their skills to go to waste.
3. Putting Together Thanksgiving Puzzles
Putting together puzzles is a safe activity that keeps the mind active while increasing dexterity. Choose from pictures, words, or a combination of the two. Puzzles may seem difficult, but they can be fun and easy to assemble, even for seniors in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s. Keep in mind Alzheimer’s disease deteriorates the brain, but this Thanksgiving activity could provide the cognitive stimulation older adults need to keep their brains active and engaged.
Keeping their brains active is one of the most important things seniors with Alzheimer’s can do. Some seniors only require help with a few daily tasks so they can maintain their independence. However, those living with serious illnesses may need more extensive assistance. Luckily, there is professional live-in care New Hampshire seniors can rely on. Home can be a safer and more comfortable place for your loved one to live with the help of an expertly trained and dedicated live-in caregiver.
4. Baking Thanksgiving Cupcakes
Making cupcakes is a great activity for seniors with Alzheimer’s because it stimulates their senses, nourishes their creative side, calms the mind, and releases feel-good endorphins in the body. If you prefer to skip the baking session and go straight to the decorating steps, you can purchase cupcakes from your local bakery that your loved one can decorate with Thanksgiving edibles. Place a variety of toppers on the cupcakes, such as turkeys, hats, candy corn, pumpkins, and fall-colored sprinkles.
5. Performing Activities from the Past
As Alzheimer’s progresses, older adults may become sad and depressed because they feel as if they are losing control of their lives. However, incorporating activities from their past could bring them a sense of fulfillment and purpose. This Thanksgiving, find a way to coordinate your loved one’s previous job and favorite hobbies with the holiday. For example, if your loved one was a postal worker, encourage him or her to help you with the Thanksgiving greeting cards. In addition to making the cards, he or she can assist with addressing, stamping, and taking the cards to the nearest mailbox.
Holidays can be fun for everyone, including seniors with Alzheimer’s. It’s not always easy to come up with ideas for enjoyable activities, but if you choose a few from the above list, your loved one is more likely to have a happy holiday. Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to New Hampshire Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, give us a call today at (603) 471-3004.