Seniors sometimes withdraw from holiday activities as they get older, especially if they have physical or cognitive issues. However, there are plenty of awesome Christmas activities that are perfect for older adults, regardless of their capabilities. If you’re caring for an older adult and need some suggestions for activities to help your loved one feel festive, involved, and productive during the holidays, here are six options.
1. Playing Christmas Bingo Games
Other than providing a way to socialize during the holidays, an activity like bingo can enhance your loved one’s short-term memory retention, thought-processing abilities, and listening skills. The act of covering cards with chips also increases hand-eye coordination. Christmas-themed bingo cards can be conveniently found online and printed. Make the game even more rewarding for your loved one by including prizes that seniors tend to appreciate, such as:
• Christmas CDs with classic holiday tunes
• Gripper socks that can reduce slips and falls
• Hand lotion to minimize dryness
If your loved one needs companionship and cognitive stimulation, hiring a trained professional caregiver can be the ideal solution. Every senior has different needs when aging in place. Some simply need occasional assistance with household chores, while others may be managing a serious illness and require more extensive live-in care. Lehigh Valley seniors can count on Home Care Assistance to provide the in-home care they need and deserve.
2. Making Christmas Ornaments
Making ornaments is a fun, engaging way for older adults to stimulate multiple parts of the brain that handle such things as finger control, hand-eye coordination, creative thinking, attention, and focus. Just some of the many options for homemade ornaments that could appeal to older adults include:
• Birdseed ornaments
• Cookie-cutter ornaments
• Honeycomb paper ornaments
• Spray-painted pine cone ornaments
3. Volunteering at a Local Church or Charity
An excellent way for your loved one to mingle with other people, keep moving, and feel productive and positive is by volunteering. From performing various tasks at the local church to helping with holiday-related activities involving a favorite charity, there are many ways your loved one can do something wonderful for others during the Christmas season.
4. Cooking and Baking Holiday Treats
For some older adults, the tastes and smells associated with Christmas can bring back pleasant memories. Stirring, kneading, rolling, and other motions involved with cooking and baking activities can be good for joints and muscles as well. Being in the kitchen during the holidays is also a convenient way for family members and friends to interact with your loved one.
Some aging adults have difficulty cooking and performing other activities of daily life safely, but help is available. Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality homecare. Trust Home Care Assistance to help your elderly loved one age in place safely and comfortably.
5. Making or Writing Christmas Cards
If your loved one is creative, gather the supplies necessary to make some truly original homemade cards. Another option is to help your loved one address store-bought cards and respond to ones that come in. Both approaches to handling Christmas cards can help older adults enhance their focus, concentration, and fine motor skills.
6. Checking Out Local Christmas Events
Many communities have an assortment of Christmas-related activities that typically take place from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, which means there are plenty of times you can go with your loved one to local activities that are convenient and appealing to him or her. Your loved one can also benefit from the socialization and the light exercise from walking around and checking out the festive decorations.
If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of Lehigh Valley in-home care. Our caregivers provide transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping. Reach out to one of our Care Managers today at 484-350-3874 to learn more about our high-quality home care services.