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Thanksgiving with Seniors

The holiday season is an exciting time of year for many seniors, as it brings extended family from across the country– or even the world– together. Thanksgiving sets off this season of togetherness by reminding us of what we’re thankful for. After decades of life experience, your elderly loved one has much to be thankful for.

If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving with seniors and want to make sure this year is full of laughter and love, consider these tips for including your loved one.

Include them in simple tasks in the kitchen

Cooking the Thanksgiving meal is, naturally, one of the most important parts of the holiday. However, as your loved one ages, they may not have the capability to partake in the more laborious dishes of the season. But that doesn’t mean they can’t help out in small ways!

Ask them to set the table, make a salad, mash the potatoes– anything to make them feel included. They’ll enjoy feeling helpful and spending quality time with family members while doing so.

Thanksgiving with seniors

Create a gratitude tree

Gratitude trees are more than centerpieces on a table– they give your loved one an avenue to express what they’re grateful for. Either using neatly cut pieces of paper or chalk ornaments, have everyone write what they’re thankful for throughout the day and hang them on the tree. It’s a fun way to get the whole family involved, and your loved one will love reading all the messages of thanks.

Play Thanksgiving games at the dinner table

After Thanksgiving Dinner, no one wants to jump up to do the dishes. Why not take a moment to play some Thanksgiving-themed dinner games? This is the perfect time to play an alphabet thankfulness game.

To play, the head of the table starts with the letter “A,” and says what they are thankful for (“Aunt Jane,” for example). The next person moves on to the letter “B,” and so forth. Chances are, it will be half sincere and half silly, but it will be all fun.

Make sure your Thanksgiving with seniors is successful with these tips

Tips for travel

If you and your loved one are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, there are a few things you can do to make the experience more enjoyable.

  • Try to book nonstop travel. Whether you’re flying or taking a train, not having to change locations in the middle of travel will make the trip easier for all involved. Check about discounts before booking, as some companies offer senior discounts.
  • Pack additional medication in case of an emergency. If your loved one has to take medication regularly, make sure to pack enough to last the entire trip, plus an emergency supply in case you get delayed.
  • Keep everything in a carry-on. If you’re able to, packing everything in one, easily accessible bag will make your life simpler. Your loved one can get precisely what they need as they need it, and you won’t have to worry about losing your luggage.

A caregiver can help make the holidays easier

The holiday season is a busy time for everyone. It can feel nearly impossible to provide care to your loved one, join family engagements, attend work events, and go gift shopping all in one month. A professional caregiver can help. They can tend to your elderly loved one’s non-medical needs while you focus on the demands of the season.

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