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Celebrating Christmas with Your Elderly Loved One

The holiday season brings together all generations of the family under one roof for a few days at a time. While the memories shared are cherished by all, they are particularly special for older adults. If you’re celebrating Christmas with your elderly loved one, make sure you do what you can to create the warmest memories. It may do more than raise their spirits

How can the holiday season have a positive impact on my elderly loved one?

One may think the excitement of the season might be reserved for children, but it couldn’t be further from the case. For much of the year, your elderly loved one might feel isolated from the majority of the family due to distance. The holidays are one of the few times a year that your elderly loved one can see much of their family.

Spending quality time with loved ones does more than help them enjoy the holiday season– it even benefits their minds. Companionship not only improves one’s mood, but one’s general cognition. Enjoying activities together like cooking, watching films, and enjoying Christmas music can all help your loved one sharpen their minds.

If you’re celebrating Christmas with your elderly loved one and are on the hunt for activities the whole family can enjoy together, keep reading for ideas.

Create seasonal decor

Get family members of all ages involved in crafts that reflect the spirit of Christmas. Crafting is another great way to exercise your aging loved one’s hand-eye coordination and cognition, as it encourages them to think creatively and critically.

Get in the kitchen together

The holiday season is full of delicious meals and treats that you only get once a year. So, have your loved one join you in the kitchen to partake in these festive creations. If they don’t enjoy cooking any longer, they can instead impart the wisdom of old family recipes. This way, your family can enjoy these recipes for years to come.

Make a gingerbread house

This seasonal activity is one part décor, one part delicious. Put together a home or whole village of gingerbread houses using royal icing and candy. Gingerbread is tricky to bake, so it may be in your best interest to pick up a kit from the grocery store. This way, you and your family members can work to make something beautiful instead of having to worry about its structural integrity too.

Enjoy holiday music together

From Bing Crosby to Kelly Clarkson, each generation has its own classic Christmas music. Put on a playlist of the best Christmas music and enjoy them together. This may inspire your loved one to share fond memories of Christmases passed with the rest of the family. Alternatively, it may inspire a session of Christmas karaoke, which can easily be pulled up on YouTube.

Play games together

While this activity isn’t one that needs to be strictly reserved for the holiday season, it is the perfect way to end a day of holiday hustle and bustle. Settle in front of the Christmas tree or the fireplace and play some classic board games. Whether it’s a more complex game like Monopoly or a simple game of Go-Fish, your loved one will enjoy the time spent together.

Make the holiday season simpler with an at-home caregiver

In spite of all the fun, the holiday season can be stressful. Between holiday parties and family gatherings, you may feel stretched thin, which can have an impact on your caregiving capabilities.

Don’t let the holidays impede on your caregiving. Instead, call upon the help of a trained caregiver. At Home Care Powered by AUAF, we happily assist with any and all of your loved one’s needs, including personal care, medication reminders, light housekeeping, companionship, and so much more.

For more information on how we can help, call us at (623) 526-6367.

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