When you get a group of seniors together, you can bet you’re in for a good time. Use these ideas as inspiration to give your senior loved one and his or her friends a group event to remember.
1. Slumber Party
Sleepovers are a fun group activity your loved one can do with family members or friends, and you can keep this event interesting by mixing up the guest list. Consider inviting all of the grandkids over for a movie night with your loved one, or invite a couple of your parent’s close friends over for a spa-themed event. Make sure to provide help with the setup and cleanup so the hosting duties don’t overwhelm your loved one.
2. Handmade Gift Exchange
Seniors have a wealth of talents they can draw from to create unique gifts for their family and friends. While the holidays are often known for gift exchanges, you can pick a theme that allows this group activity to be done anytime. For example, you could host an exchange calling for handmade cards to inspire your loved one to send out written communication to long-distance family members. Remember to keep budgets in mind when you plan this event. By asking everyone in the group to make something or offering to set out some supplies, everyone will feel comfortable accepting the invite.
3. Scrapbooking Club
Scrapbooks give seniors a fun way to express their creativity and document their life stories. Grab some supplies and a sturdy table, and invite your favorite seniors to get together and bring some pictures along. The photos will give everyone something to talk about, and each week they meet gives them a new page to add to their scrapbook.
4. Weekly Meal Prep Event
Seniors often have difficulty with meal preparation, but they must eat healthy to ward off illness. Help all of your loved one’s friends manage this challenge by inviting everyone to bring over ingredients they can use to make meals throughout the week. For instance, each person can bring enough of one type of vegetable to chop up and share with their friends. To make this event beneficial, consider having an additional caregiver on hand to chop up difficult ingredients. Then, divvy up the ingredients into freezer bags, and everyone goes home with a good start on preparing healthy meals.
Seniors often need assistance preparing meals on daily basis. If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Colorado Springs seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.
5. Monthly Field Trip
School kids are not the only ones who benefit from field trips. Seniors often want to visit places in their community, but they may not be able to if they can no longer drive. Make it possible for your loved one and his or her friends to go to places such as the museum or aquarium by planning the trip. When your loved one’s friends know they have transportation services already arranged, they’ll be eager to go on a few cultural tours in the neighborhood.
Some seniors have to give up driving due to certain health conditions. If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care Colorado Springs, CO, families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
6. Group Chat
Group activities are often viewed as in-person events where everyone must be active. However, many seniors lack the ability to attend big parties. Whether your loved one has dementia or is recovering from a physical injury, just hearing his or her friends’ voices may make him or her feel better. Ask a few people to be available for a conference call at a specific time, and enjoy watching your loved one’s eyes light up as he or she participates in the group conversation.
Older adults are prone to many age-related illnesses, which makes it difficult for them to manage the tasks of daily living alone. If your elderly loved one is living with a serious medical condition and needs help managing the tasks of daily living, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a Colorado Springs home care agency you can trust. Our caregivers are available 24/7, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our in-home care services. To create a comprehensive in-home care plan for your elderly loved one, give us a call at (719) 822-1229 today.