Christmas isn’t just for the young. If you’re caring for an aging parent, the holiday season can be just as meaningful for him or her. This time of year can be even more enjoyable for your parent if you encourage him or her to participate in some fun, festive activities. Here are six suggestions to consider for this Christmas season.
1. Hold a Gift-Wrapping Party
Help your parent remain socially engaged this holiday season by having a gift-wrapping party. Simply invite other family members and friends over, assemble the gifts that need to be wrapped, make supplies available to everyone, and enjoy the time together. Make sure to keep an eye on your loved one in case he or she needs some assistance with scissors, tape, and other accessories.
Every senior has different needs when aging in place. Some simply need occasional assistance with household chores, while others may be managing a serious illness and require more extensive live-in care. Chandler seniors can count on Home Care Assistance to provide the in-home care they need and deserve.
2. Go to Local Christmas Events
Check to see what’s going on around your parent’s hometown this Christmas season and make plans to take him or her to events. This is a great way to get your loved one out and about and moving around, which has both mental and physical benefits. Possible options include:
• Visiting local botanical gardens, museums, amusement parks, and other places that have annual holiday-themed displays and events
• Going to a grandchild’s Christmas-related event at school
• Taking a walk around the neighborhood, a local park, or a nearby mall to admire the lights and other festive decorations
• Going to a community Christmas parade
3. Sing Along to Christmas Tunes
Singing favorite holiday songs together allows you to interact and connect with your loved one. At the same time, you’ll be boosting his or her memory and thinking skills in a way that’s fun and engaging. You’ll also be helping your loved one remain calm and relaxed during a time of year that sometimes gets a little hectic.
4. Do Christmas Craft Projects
From making homemade wreaths and DIY tree decorations to painting snowmen and Santas topped with glue and glitter, there are many fun craft projects your parent can do this Christmas. Crafting also helps with fine motor skills while providing added brain stimulation.
5. Bake Holiday Goodies
If your parent has always enjoyed holiday baking, encourage him or her to continue to bake tasty treats, but make appropriate adjustments based on your loved one’s capabilities and limitations. For instance, you might put all the ingredients out on the table and help with taking items out of the oven. Christmas baking is beneficial because it helps your loved one maintain traditions while still feeling productive
Some aging adults have difficulty cooking and performing other activities of daily life safely, but help is available. Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality in-home care. Trust Home Care Assistance to help your elderly loved one age in place safely and comfortably.
6. Watch Family Videos or Create Christmas-Themed Scrapbooks
Gather everyone together during the holidays and treat your loved one to a mini-marathon of family videos. Use moments like these to start conversations and remind your loved one of fond memories. A similar way to do this is by helping your parent put together holiday-themed scrapbooks with family photos and other special items. Your loved one can even give the finished scrapbooks to other family members as gifts.
Living alone at home in the golden years can present a few unique challenges. Trust Chandler in-home care professionals to help your senior loved one maintain a higher quality of life while he or she manages an illness and performs the daily tasks of living. To hire a dedicated caregiver, call Home Care Assistance at (480) 448-6215 today.