As Thanksgiving approaches, many caregivers will be busy preparing the dinner and organizing the holiday festivities. When time is scarce, it can be challenging to find fun holiday activities appropriate for seniors. Here are six activities that are sure to get seniors in the Thanksgiving spirit.
1. Doing Thanksgiving Crafts
If you’re hosting the Thanksgiving Day dinner, ask your senior loved one to help you craft the decorations. There are plenty of senior-friendly crafts to choose from. You and your loved one can make autumn-themed napkin holders, faux-leaf garlands, and painted gourds. Once the decorations are finished, display them in the dining room or living room to create a holiday ambience.
2. Cooking Favorite Family Recipes
Most families have a few classic recipes. This Thanksgiving, turn the pre-holiday cooking into a family affair. Ask your loved one which family recipe he or she loves the most, then invite him or her into the kitchen for some culinary bonding time. If you end up making cookies, ask the grandkids to join in on the fun. They won’t pass up a chance to decorate cookies with sprinkles and icing, and it will give grandparents the chance to spend time with the people they’re most thankful for: their family.
Having the family gathered all around can give a bit of relief to the loved one’s caregiver, too. Caring for a senior loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming for family caregivers who have other responsibilities they need to focus on. For these families, the perfect solution is respite care. El Dorado County families rely on our caregivers whenever they need time to rest, work, run errands, and even go on vacation.
3. Making a Thanksgiving Playlist
For the perfect Thanksgiving Day dinner, you need the perfect playlist. Many seniors get nostalgic around the holidays, and they may have favorite songs or albums from their youth they’d love to hear again. As you craft a holiday playlist, ask for your loved one’s input. If your loved one hears his or her favorite songs playing during Thanksgiving dinner, it’s sure to become a treasured memory.
Holidays may lift everyone’s spirits, but after the festivities are over, seniors may get depressed and lonely if they’re unable to get out and about with ease. Some seniors only require help with a few daily tasks so they can maintain their independence. However, those living with serious illnesses may need more extensive assistance. Luckily, there is professional live-in care El Dorado County, CA, seniors can rely on. Home can be a safer and more comfortable place for your loved one to live with the help of an expertly trained and dedicated live-in caregiver.
4. Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition for a reason. If you’re spending Thanksgiving morning with your loved one, get up in time to watch the parade as it marches down the streets of New York. You’ll likely get to see performances from Broadway shows, a synchronized kick-line courtesy of the Rockettes, marching bands from across the country, and countless balloons and floats. Take a break from the turkey prep, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and take a few hours to enjoy the sight of Snoopy bobbing along the New York skyline.
5. Creating a Gratitude Tree
Thanksgiving is the time to say thanks, and creating a gratitude tree is a fun way to tell the family what you’re most thankful for. You and your loved one can set up a small artificial tree in the living room. Consider decorating it with autumn-themed decorations such as strings of acorns and miniature gourds. On Thanksgiving Day, have your loved one write down what he or she is thankful for, then hang the notes on the tree. After dinner, read the notes aloud for a touching Thanksgiving experience.
6. Visiting the Local Apple Farm
As Thanksgiving draws near, don’t miss out on the chance to experience some classic autumn activities. Seniors may enjoy taking a trip to the local apple farm, which may offer apple cider, freshly baked donuts, pumpkins, gourds, and homemade jams. Going to an apple farm can be a fun outdoor trip for the whole family.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for seniors to gather with their families and have fun doing all kinds of traditional activities. During the rest of the year, they and their families may need a bit of extra help. Families who need help caring for a senior loved one can turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of El Dorado County home care. Services available in our customizable care plans include meal prep, mental and social stimulation, assistance with personal hygiene tasks, and much more. Call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (916) 358-3801 to learn more about our customized care plans.