The holiday season can be challenging for seniors, especially those who live alone. There are, however, many activities that can keep older adults occupied during this time of year. The following are a few of our favorite holiday activities for seniors and older adults that can help beat the holiday blues.
- Holiday Shopping – The holidays are always a busy shopping season. While walking around malls can be tedious and even stressful, many shops have beautiful window displays and some even have special holiday events where shoppers are invited to browse and even sample some holiday treats! Try to schedule time with your loved one to get out and take in the shops; some window shopping can help your loved one get in the mood of the season. If you are unable to accompany your loved one, consider hiring a part-time caregiver in Cincinnati who can browse the stores with your loved one
- Cooking and Baking – Festive feasts are a part of many families’ holiday traditions. Whether cooking a meal for the family or baking treats for friends and neighbors, there are many opportunities for older people to exercise their culinary skills. Your aging parents or loved ones should be encouraged to share and help with traditional family recipes that can add unique flavors to holiday meals.
- Decorating – Decorating homes, lawns, businesses, Christmas trees or Menorahs give seniors a chance to express their creativity and help brighten the surroundings. This can include making ornaments as well as putting them up.
- Singing or Playing Along – Singing carols and traditional holiday songs is something that is enjoyed by individuals of all ages. Whether your aging loved one plays an instrument or simply contributes with their voice, he or she can be part of holiday choirs. Include the younger generation and grandchildren in this fun event and make it a fun family affair.
- Attending Holiday Performances – One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is to attend live performances of traditional plays and musicals such as A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker. Almost every community has such holiday shows and seniors should be encouraged to attend them.
It is also important for seniors to stay in touch with friends and family members, especially during the holiday season. This can be done either in traditional ways such as writing letters and sending out Christmas cards or by utilizing more modern technology such as email, Skype or video chats. If you are unable to visit or stay in touch with your loved one as much as you would like, give the gift of Cincinnati in-home care this holiday season. With a professional in-home caregiver by your loved one’s side, you can ensure that they’re not only able to complete their daily activities safely, but that someone is with them to share stories and talk about the wonderful holiday season.
For more information about senior home care, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Cincinnati at 513-891-2273 and speak with a friendly Care Manager.