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Festive Winter Activities for Seniors and Caregivers

By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on

When winter hits, boredom can quickly set in for seniors who are forced to spend more time indoors. Yet, the cold season can be the perfect time to explore some new activities. Add these ideas from Lehigh Valley Home Care Assistance to your stock of boredom-busters, and get ready to have some fun during the months ahead.

Create a Centerpiece

The winter season is full of holidays that require cheerful décor. Try watching a few videos on flower arranging, and purchase a few blooms in the season’s best colors. Then, help your elderly loved one arrange them in a pretty vase or wreath so that it can be displayed at your family’s next holiday event. You can also purchase silk flowers at a local craft store and create a centerpiece to use for years to come.

Put Together a Gift Basket

Shopping may be out of the question for seniors when snow and ice leave sidewalks too slippery for comfort. However, they can still enjoy putting together a gift basket to give to someone special. Many gift baskets, such as one with a movie night theme or winter wonderland theme, can be made from inexpensive items and provide an entire afternoon full of fun.

Make Old-Fashioned Ornaments

If your loved one is a grandparent, gather the kids and let him or her demonstrate how holiday ornaments used to be made. Flour and salt dough can be formed into seasonal shapes that can be hung on trees once they are dried. Alternatively, you could set out some popcorn and cranberries and encourage them to string an old-fashioned garland. This is one activity that is sure to bring out the playful child in everyone.

Visit an Indoor Arboretum

Winter may be an exciting time, but a gloomy landscape can lead to the doldrums. If your loved one loves nature, then consider visiting one of the local indoor arboretums where he or she can enjoy the sight of colorful flowers and greenery. Growing an indoor plant, such as an amaryllis, can also give those who love gardening a way to bring their hobby into their home.

The winter season can be challenging for seniors who are often confined to home when the cold weather hits. Ensure your senior loved one has the help and support he or she needs to run errands, maintain doctor’s appointments, and stay safe during the chilly months with help from Home Care Assistance. We provide hourly and live-in home care in the Lehigh Valley, ensuring seniors have assistance and companionship year-round. Give us a call at 484-350-3874 and speak with a friendly Care Manager today.