For young and old, the Christmas season is full of merriment and fun. Elderly adults are especially interested in being involved in the events and celebrations of the season. However, many seniors find it challenging to participate due to chronic health and mobility issues.
Many seniors are dependent on family caregivers and home care providers to assist them in their daily lives.
It’s also a difficult time emotionally for many elderly adults, as they may feel stressed, sad or lonely during what should be a happy time of year. Often, they are forgotten by other family members in the hustle and bustle of the season.
The good news is that there are plenty of age-appropriate activities that elderly adults can do. By planning activities with extended family members, close friends, and home care providers, elderly adults can feel the joy and magic of Christmas. During the holiday season, it’s important for family caregivers to help their aging loved ones get excited and involved in all the festivities.
Activities with Extended Family
- Attend a Christmas music concert
- Visit a community Christmas tree festival
- Head to the mall with grandchildren to visit Santa Claus
- Host a family dinner party, either adults only or for children, too
- Drive around and look at home light displays
- Unwrap a new board game each year and play together
- Purchase and deliver toys for a children’s charity
- Attend a religious ceremony together
- Read Christmas books to grandchildren while drinking hot cocoa
Activities with Friends
- Host a Christmas movie night with favorite snacks
- Plan a secret Santa exchange
- Organize a white elephant gift exchange
- Gather for a Christmas singalong
- Do holiday crafts together as presents for family members
- Enjoy a coffee klatsch at home or at a restaurant
- Plan a Christmas cookie exchange
- Bake Christmas treats and then deliver them to the local fire station or police station
- Activities with Home Care Providers
- Go Christmas shopping
- Make a gingerbread house
- Bake Christmas cookies and deliver them to neighbors
- Grow amaryllis indoors to give away
- Decorate the house and living room
- Plan a holiday meal menu
- Play favorite Christmas music
- Make homemade ornaments
- Write and mail Christmas cards
Depending on the elderly person’s health and wellness, family caregivers can include their elderly loved one in other traditions and activities that celebrate Christmas. Mostly, seniors just want to feel loved and included when it comes to doing things around the holidays. With the support of family caregivers, friends, and home care providers, aging adults can have a wonderful time preparing for Christmas and feel involved in events and gatherings.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Caregiver in Hoover, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan still owns and operates a successful accounting firm in Pelham.She believes that the combination of her business experience and compassion for others is a perfect blend to grow Senior Legacy into a leader in the senior home care industry.Susan is committed to the further growth of Senior Legacy’s clients, employees, and surrounding community.
Susan has four wonderful children, and three amazing grandkids.She loves spending time with her family and enjoys traveling and gardening in her down time.