Family caregivers need to make the holidays special for their senior loved ones and find activities they can do both inside and outside the home. Helping your loved one get in the holiday spirit will be beneficial for his or her mental and emotional health. Below you’ll find fun and stimulating things your parent can do at Christmastime and the benefit of each activity.
1. Watching Home Videos
Looking back on past Christmas celebrations is a positive way for seniors to celebrate the holiday. The activity can alleviate boredom and trigger happy memories. While watching the videos, your loved one can give younger family members short history lessons about family traditions. Sharing these stories can boost your parent’s brain health and enhance his or her mental and emotional wellbeing.
2. Decorating the House
Putting up the Christmas tree can provide brain benefits and boost mood. While placing ornaments on the tree, your loved one will need to remember where the objects go by using long-term memory. Your loved one will also work out his or her hands, arms, and legs while walking around the home and hanging stockings, wreaths, and garland. Once your parent has helped you decorate the house, he or she may feel a sense of accomplishment.
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3. Singing Along to Holiday Songs
Break out the karaoke machine and classic Christmas tunes to get your parent in the holiday spirit. Choose some tunes from your loved one’s favorite bands or download new songs to play. Listening to music is a great way to keep the brain active and sharpen the memory. The words in the songs could trigger memories that bring your loved one joy. Music can also motivate your loved one to dance, which increases balance, flexibility, and posture.
4. Cooking Christmas Dishes
Cooking is a therapeutic activity that enhances mood and increases strength in the hand muscles. Get your loved one’s cookbooks out and ask him or her to step into the kitchen to help you and your children prepare Christmas dinner. Helping with the entrees, side dishes, and desserts could provide a sense of purpose and boost your loved one’s confidence. You should also find new recipes your loved one will enjoy.
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5. Helping with the Gifts
Organizing the presents under the Christmas tree could keep your parent busy while you clean the home and get ready for family dinner. Your loved one could also wrap the presents, which increases hand-eye coordination and attention span. In addition to assisting with the gifts, your loved one can help you address greeting cards for family and friends. These are meaningful activities that can benefit mental and emotional health and stave off conditions such as depression.
6. Making Christmas Crafts
From paper Santa hats to felted acorns and waterless snow globes, there’s no shortage of crafts your loved one can create during the holiday season. Making crafts can prevent aggression by giving your loved one something positive to focus on while reducing stress. Creating Christmas crafts also helps with hand-eye coordination and increases cognitive health.
Living alone at home in the golden years can present a few unique challenges. Trust San Antonio senior 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. Reach out to us at Home Care Assistance if you need compassionate, professional care for your loved one. Call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (210) 495-6300.