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Festive Christmas Activities for the Elderly

By Mark Silvanic, 9:00 am on

The words of a special Christmas song declare it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and with a little planning, this year’s holiday season can be especially memorable for senior citizens. Memories are near and dear to most people, but particularly for older folks who may spend more time alone throughout the year. Colorado Springs caregivers hope families will take time this holiday season to enjoy the following activities with their senior loved ones.

Make a Gift Basket

You and your senior loved one can choose a relative or neighbor to surprise with a holiday gift basket this year. Inexpensive items can be purchased from a discount store, and baskets can be found at any local thrift store. Use festive tissue paper and confetti to line the basket, strategically arrange the gifts items, and tie a beautiful Christmas bow on the handle before paying a quick visit to the recipient for delivery.

Record a Christmas Story

If your senior loved one is able to read aloud, grab a recording device such as a smartphone, and have him or her read a children’s Christmas storybook aloud. Encourage exaggerated expressions and the use of funny voices during the reading, adding your own laughter in the background. This recording will become a treasured keepsake for your elderly family member for years to come.

Plant an Amaryllis

The holiday season is a great time to buy an indoor plant kit and grow a memory. An amaryllis bulb sprouts very quickly and grows each day. Watching the progress as this magic lily thrives and blooms makes every day special for the senior who planted it.

Homemade Christmas Cards

With colored paper, felt cutouts of Christmas trees, and a package of small, flat ornaments, seniors and children alike can create Christmas cards that will mean the world to those who are away from home. While your senior makes these priceless gifts for friends and family members, he or she can share stories and messages of love.

Yuletide activities not only possess sentimental value for seniors, but they also help mentally and socially stimulate your loved one. If you’re looking for more ways to cognitively engage your senior loved one this Christmas, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of elder care Colorado Springs families can rely upon, and we are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Compassionate caregivers offer a variety of services including safety monitoring, personal care, and light housekeeping to enhance your loved one’s wellbeing in the comfort of home. Give your loved one the gift of care and security this holiday season by calling us today at (719) 822-1229. We look forward to hearing from you.

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