The busyness of the holiday season can be overwhelming and downright exhausting for many older adults, and with everyone spending so much time running errands, shopping, and going to parties, seniors can sometimes feel left out of the festivities. With a little thought in advance, however, appropriate modifications to favorite old traditions can be made (or new traditions started) so that the whole family can enjoy the holidays together. The Nashville home care team at Caregivers by WholeCare suggests the following:
- Sing holiday songs together. Put on a holiday-themed CD or DVD, or gather around the piano for an old-fashioned holiday singalong.
- Enjoy a local holiday play. During this time of year, local high schools, colleges and community theaters abound with holiday plays and programs. Take the whole family out for a fun, low-key evening and then head back home for some hot chocolate and cookies.
- Decorate the senior’s home. Decorations are a great way to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Bring the whole family over to help your senior loved one set up and decorate a tree, hang wreaths, or string lights. Also, be sure you’re available after the holidays to help take down and store the decorations.
- Create a holiday photo album. Sorting through old holiday pictures and reminiscing is fun for all ages and is a wonderful, simple way to include an older adult in the festivities.
- Curl up to watch a holiday movie. Everyone enjoys classic holiday films, like It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Pop some popcorn and gather together on the sofa for some festive, quality time.
When planning holiday activities for seniors, it’s important to make sure your expectations are realistic, and that activities are never rushed. It’s amazing how slowing down a bit really helps us enjoy the beauty of this special season. For more tips on how to help seniors have a happy holiday or to learn more about our home care or respite care services, contact the Nashville home care experts at Caregivers by WholeCare. You can reach us any time at (615) 997-1288 with any questions, or to arrange for a free in-home consultation to discuss ways we can improve quality of life for your senior loved one – right in the comfort of home.