2 years ago · Darla · Comments Off on Have a Holly Jolly Holiday with Special Activities for Seniors
It’s no secret that 2020 has been an unusual year. However, COVID doesn’t have to stop your holiday celebrations! Here are five fun activities that will keep spirits bright this holiday season.
Take a Holiday Lights Tour
There’s nothing like a beautiful light display to get in the holiday mood. Driving through neighborhoods and enjoying lights is a safe way to celebrate and get out of the house for a bit. If you live in the DFW Metroplex, this list can help you plan your experience.
Listen to Music Together
It’s no secret that music can be a powerful tool for health and wellness. In one study, scientists found that “music therapy increased the levels of melatonin, serotonin, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and prolactin in patients with Alzheimer’s”. Listening to music from years gone by can help your elderly loved one get in the holiday spirit. It can also promote memory retention and reduce stress. In fact, this is why Tribute incorporates music into our wellness approach by using a distributed sound system, live music events, and music therapy.
Fortunately, you no longer need to go searching for that good ole’ music. Simply click on this playlist on Spotify, or search “vintage holiday music” on YouTube for compilations of holiday hits going all the way back to 1920!
Play Board Games
Everyone loves board games, and playing together can be fun and enriching for your loved one. In fact, research shows that playing board games can help keep your memory sharp. If your loved one has memory care issues, try simple games such as Go Fish, Uno, Snakes & Ladders, Bananagrams, Checkers, or Dominoes. Our residents also enjoy playing Bridge.
Cozy Up with a Fireside Chat
Nothing is more hygge than cozying up to the fire during those long winter nights. Give your loved one a simply joyful holiday celebration with a little fireside joy. Create a cozy experience with their favorite drink and snacks. While you’re chatting, this is a great time to ask your loved one to share their memories of holidays past. Questions might include:
What is your favorite holiday song?
What was your favorite holiday gift?
What holiday traditions did you celebrate with your parents?
No fireplace? No problem! Turn on a fireside ambiance video on YouTube or Netflix, and enjoy a virtual fire while you chat.
Holiday crafts bring your family together to make special memories while also promoting mental focus, creativity, and hand-eye coordination. For those with memory care challenges, we suggest simple yet fun crafts such as washi tape ornaments, painted pine cones, or handmade holiday greeting cards. If your family enjoys a little competition, host a cookie or gingerbread house decorating contest.
With a little planning and creativity, you can make lasting memories with your loved ones this holiday season. In fact, carving out these special activities make this your merriest family celebration yet!