The holidays are a time for gathering with family and friends to spend time with one another. Sometimes it may seem hard to keep everyone happy and entertained with people ranging in age from infant to senior. If you feel yourself getting stressed about this issue, simply remember that feeling included is the most important part of enjoying the holidays!
By putting some thought into gatherings, considering who will be attending and planning ahead, everyone will feel included and truly enjoy the time spent together. Below are a few tips and hints to make sure everyone has a great time in the coming weeks:
Adjust Activities According to Needs
Like people of all ages, some seniors enjoy large groups while others do not; some prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home and others enjoy getting out. Find out how they feel about the upcoming events and ask how you can accommodate their needs!
Someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia might do better staying in a more quiet room and having a few people at a time visit with them in a calm and personal environment. A senior with declining sight or hearing might enjoy having a member of the family be their “buddy” for the event, aiding them by telling them what is going on around the room or during conversations.
Again, just like people of all ages, seniors have varying interests in different activities. By having many options available, everyone is sure to be pleased. A few ideas are listed below:
- Card and/or board games
- Reading aloud or watching a classic movie
- Listening to your seniors favorite music
- Story telling about “way back when…”
- Meal prep and/or baking
Don’t Overdo It – Stick to Routines
Keep in mind that seniors have varying energy and stamina. Keep an eye on the situation and make sure they are not overdoing it! Small breaks or even a “holiday nap” is never a bad idea. Those suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia also can be affected negatively when their routine is thrown off. To avoid that, stick to their daily schedule as much as possible!
In the end, the holidays are about inclusion and togetherness. With a little communication and pre-planning, everyone is sure to enjoy their precious time together!
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