During this time of the year, families generally come together and spread a little holiday cheer. They look for exciting activities to do inside or outside of the home while creating lasting memories. Here are some fun things you and your elderly parent can do to celebrate the Christmas holiday.
1. Decorate the Christmas Tree
When you want to encourage your loved one to focus on the fun that Christmas brings instead of thinking about all the negative things that might have happened throughout the year, decorating the Christmas tree is a good activity to start with. Include your loved one in the entire process: picking out a tree, taking the decorations out of storage, and deciding where the main centerpiece will be displayed this year. Whether you decorate an artificial tree or you go searching for a real tree in town, decorating is a fun activity you can do together to get in the Christmas spirit. Once you’ve finished with the tree, put other decorations up throughout the home, such as garland, wreaths, snow globes, and fresh flowers.
2. Bake Holiday Treats
Christmas is the perfect time for seniors to bond with their children, grandchildren, and other family members or close friends. You and your parent can bake cookies, cakes, and other treats that coincide with the holiday. For example, your loved one can help you and your children make snowman cookies to leave out for Santa. Baking holiday treats gives you the opportunity to build lasting memories with your loved one and boost his or her overall health. Your loved one will need to use memory and thinking skills when cooking and can also boost his or her hand-eye coordination while preparing the treats.
Although some aging adults have difficulty cooking for themselves and performing other activities of daily life safely, 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 home care. Mesa families trust Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably.
3. Watch Christmas Movies
Watching movies is the perfect way for seniors to lower their stress levels and enjoy the Christmas holiday. Instead of focusing on financial and cognitive issues, your loved one can go into the world of the characters, taking his or her mind off of real-life situations. Watching Christmas movies could also boost your loved one’s confidence. Seeing the characters in the movies overcome their fears could encourage him or her to do the same.
If your parent is experiencing emotional, cognitive, and physical challenges living at home, you may want to consider enlisting the help of a professional caregiver. 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. Mesa seniors can count on Home Care Assistance to provide the in-home care they need and deserve.
4. Attend a Concert
If your loved one enjoys music, venture out together to a local Christmas concert in the park, at church, or another senior-friendly venue in town. Listening to music could boost your loved one’s mood, connect past memories to the rhythm of the beat, and stave off memory loss. The objective is to get your loved one out of the house and into the world, which could alleviate boredom and reduce the risk of isolation. In addition to attending concerts, your loved one can go to shopping malls and other venues that feature carolers during the Christmas holiday.
Christmas is a favorite holiday for many people, and it’s important for the whole family to include your aging parent in the fun. It’s also important to make sure your loved one is happy and healthy living at home during the rest of the year, which might mean getting a little help with daily activities. The type of senior care Mesa, AZ, seniors need can vary. Some need assistance a few hours a day, while others require more extensive around-the-clock assistance. At Home Care Assistance, we tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual care needs, and the plans can be adjusted at any time. To create a customized home care plan for your loved one, call (480) 699-4899 today.