Seniors may not want to stay awake until midnight, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy New Year’s Eve. There are plenty of fun holiday activities perfect for seniors. Here are six festive activities they’re sure to enjoy.
1. Try New Traditions
Cultures across the globe have developed hundreds of unique New Year’s traditions. Seniors who have spent decades watching the ball drop may enjoy sampling the traditions of other cultures. In Japan, for example, some people scribble their bad habits on slips of paper, place the papers in a fireproof bowl, and burn them. This practice lets people enter the new year with a clean slate. If you’re worried about safety, consider different ways of destroying the paper, such as running the paper through a shredder.
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2. Do the New Year’s Countdown at Noon
For seniors who want to go to sleep before 12 a.m., midday countdowns are a fun way to celebrate the New Year. By noon on New Year’s Eve, the clock may not have struck midnight in their part of the world, but it’s probably the new year somewhere. Find a city in an earlier time zone, then throw a party celebrating their countdown. For example, seniors who live in an area that observes Eastern Standard Time could celebrate the new year in Beijing.
3. Make New Year’s Crafts
Artsy seniors are sure to enjoy making New Year’s Eve crafts. They can make their own colorful noisemakers by filling empty soda bottles with coins, confetti, and streamers, or they may also enjoy decorating paper party hats with glitter, gems, and pom-poms.
4. Watch New Year’s Eve–Themed Movies
Senior cinephiles may prefer watching festive movies to partying. For old Hollywood classics, opt for holiday-themed movies such as The Apartment, Holiday, and The Shop Around the Corner. For more modern fare, consider When Harry Met Sally and the aptly titled New Year’s Eve.
If you’re a family caregiver, watching a favorite movie with your loved one is also a great way to give yourself a well-deserved break for an hour or two. Family caregivers need to care for their own wellbeing. If you’re caring for an aging loved one and are feeling overwhelmed, consider hiring a professional caregiver to provide respite care. Santa Rosa families who want to prevent burnout can turn to Home Care Assistance. One of our professional caregivers can assist your loved one at home while you take a nap, go to work, run errands, or go on vacation.
5. Make a New Year’s Resolutions List
If seniors want to stay emotionally healthy and fulfilled, it helps to have a goal to strive toward. The goal doesn’t need to be a massive undertaking, but it should give seniors something to aspire to. Perhaps they want to brush up on their Spanish, learn how to garden, or finally figure out how to play chess. Maybe they’ve been told by their doctors to lower their cholesterol levels or increase their activity levels. New Year’s Eve gives seniors the perfect opportunity to devise new goals and consider ways to implement them.
6. Play Party Games
If you’re planning a senior-friendly gathering, don’t hesitate to break out the party games. Games like bingo, charades, and Apples to Apples can liven up any party. For games with visual components, such as card games, make sure to find large-type editions so none of the guests feel left out. You can find printable large-type bingo cards online for free.
Ringing in the new year with these activities can be a lot of fun for your loved one, and the whole family can join in the festivities, providing a welcome change of pace for families who are often focused on the day-to-day needs of their loved one. Families who need help caring for a senior loved one can turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Santa Rosa in-home care. Services available in our customizable care plans include meal prep, mental and social stimulation, assistance with personal hygiene tasks, and much more. Home Care Assistance can be your trusted partner when your loved one needs help with the challenges of aging. Call us today at (707) 843.4368 to learn about our high-quality in-home care services.