The holidays are the perfect time to plan family activities the elderly can enjoy. Family caregivers need to choose activities based on their aging loved one’s preferences and cognitive abilities. Here are some fun Thanksgiving activities for seniors to try.
1. Playing Thanksgiving Games
Playing games is exciting and festive, and it could boost your loved one’s memory and stave off dementia or Alzheimer’s. When playing Thanksgiving games, seniors need to use their short and long-term memory to compete. Keep in mind that games are more about fun and less about winning. Some of the holiday-themed games the elderly can play include Thanksgiving bingo, a holiday scavenger hunt, and picture puzzles.
2. Decorating the Home
Help your loved one get in the holiday spirit by pulling the Thanksgiving decorations out of storage to be placed around the house. Decorating the home can provide physical activity while lowering the risk of depression and boredom. Don’t decorate the entire home in a day. Instead, spread the activity out throughout the week, giving your loved one something fun to look forward to.
3. Writing Thank-You Letters
Seniors can use the holiday to show their appreciation for others. They can send thank-you letters via postal mail or write a nice email message for their caregivers, friends, and family members. Writing letters can provide seniors with the brain stimulation they need. In addition to their loved ones, seniors can also send thank-you letters to their primary care physicians, professional caregivers, and any other individual who has provided them with some type of care or assistance throughout the year.
Holidays are happy times, but after the fun is over, seniors may get lonely and depressed if they’re alone at home and have difficulty getting out. Some seniors only require help with a few daily tasks so they can maintain their independence. However, those living with serious illnesses may need more extensive assistance. Luckily, there is professional live-in care Sonoma County, CA, seniors can rely on. Home can be a safer and more comfortable place for your loved one to live with the help of an expertly trained and dedicated live-in caregiver.
4. Making Thanksgiving Centerpieces
These crafts can be made using holiday items around the home, or you can take your loved one to the local crafting store to buy supplies. Creating centerpieces can boost a senior’s memory, mood, and hand-eye coordination. Encourage your loved one to make multiple centerpieces to give out to neighbors, children, and friends.
Gathering the family around for the holiday can also offer caregivers some relief. Caring for a senior loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming for family caregivers who have other responsibilities they need to focus on. For these families, the perfect solution is respite care. Sonoma County families rely on our caregivers whenever they need time to rest, work, run errands, and even go on vacation.
5. Holding a Family Cook-Off
A lot of families cook their favorite entrées, side dishes, and desserts to eat during Thanksgiving dinner. However, you can make cooking a little more fun for your loved one by suggesting a family cook-off. Your parent will have the ability to cook recipes that have been passed down for generations, which may trigger memories while strengthening relationships with others.
6. Attending a Local Play
Some communities kick off their holidays with plays and concerts around the Thanksgiving holiday. If a senior center, church, or local organization is presenting a play, take your loved one to watch the production. Your parent can get out of the house and interact with others while watching an entertaining show that can relieve some of the stress he or she is under.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity for families to spend time with their loved one and share in activities that are fun for young and old alike. After the holidays are over, though, seniors and their families may need a little extra help. Families who need help caring for a senior loved one can turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Sonoma County elder care. Services available in our customizable care plans include meal prep, mental and social stimulation, assistance with personal hygiene tasks, and much more. If your loved one needs help with the challenges of aging, call one of our compassionate Care Managers today at (707) 843.4368.