The holidays are a wonderful time of year. Unfortunately, these days it seems like the holidays are synonymous with stress, and if you have an elderly loved one or loved ones in a care facility, working them into the holiday mix can prove to be a bit of logistical challenge. Finding happiness during the holidays can sometimes be difficult.
Accommodating everyone’s needs, wishes, and capacities while bringing together friends and loved ones during the holidays, needn’t be as stressful or challenging as it sounds. With a little planning helping your senior loved ones enjoy the holidays with you can be easier than you think. Watch this video from AARP on Holiday Care Giving Tips
- Spread the holidays over several events – A marathon of an all-in-one-day holiday is sometimes too much for older adults. Consider spreading time with each other out over one or two weeks. Check out this fun Thanksgiving quiz for the whole family.
- Worship Together – At no other time than during the holidays is the need to connect with God greater for some As we age, our spiritual or religious practice naturally becomes more important for many of us. If your senior is religiously devout, spend the time to take them to their preferred place of worship to observe the religious or spiritual aspects of the holiday season.
- Congregate Together – If your loved one is living in an assisted living community or nursing home, consider bringing the holidays to them by organizing family activities that take place at the facility. You can arrange to bring your family into holiday caroling at the facility or participate in traditional crafts. For seniors living in a Memory Care residence, holidays can be especially hard. Even with people suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s, a holiday is still a holiday whether it is celebrated at home or at a care facility.
- Cook Together – Cooking can be one of the hardest things for some of our senior loved ones to give up as they age. Involving our senior family members and friends as a part of the team celebrating family traditions is a great way to observe the holidays.
- Dine Together – Sometimes it is hard for seniors to accommodate evening mealtimes during the holidays. Consider changing mealtimes to earlier in the day. Evening meals can sometimes make the holidays more of a burden than a celebration for the elderly.
So remember, sometimes the simplest thing can make the holidays more enjoyable for seniors. At the Inn At Bear Trail we strive to offer a diverse range of activities for all of our residents. Check out our full calendar of activities at The Inn At Bear Trail.