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The holidays are all about spending time with friends and family. But it is not uncommon for this
time of year to be difficult for older loved ones. Distance from family, loss, and ongoing medical
issues may make celebrating the holidays more difficult. This article discusses how to make this
upcoming holiday season special for seniors.
Activities to Celebrate the Holiday at Home
There are multiple ways to start celebrating the holidays at home. Consider making pomanders
with oranges and cloves. A long-term caregiver can assist with this activity by helping to create a
ring of cloves using a rubber band and a wooden skewer to create the pattern. Listen to some old
favorite holiday tunes while working.
When grandchildren come over or make a video call, prompt them to ask about some of your
loved one’s favorite holiday memories. When the weather turns chilly, think about having a nice
chat over coffee or tea. Perhaps this chat can happen while cookies bake in the oven. Don’t
forget the cards. Have an older loved one write them and then address the envelopes on
their behalf, or vice versa.
Activities Outside the House
Getting out into the community and spending time with others is a great way to spend the holiday
season. Prioritize activities that are outdoors and avoid crowds this year to make sure older loved
ones stay safe. Drive around the neighborhood and admire the decorations and light
displays that neighbors set up. If the weather is suitable and not too cold, think about taking a walk
to the park or around the block.
Merchants are encouraging people to shop for holiday gifts early this year. If an older loved one
wants to shop in person, go early to avoid the crowds, or find out if stores hold special senior
Remember to pace all home and outside holiday activities to meet a senior’s needs. If your loved
one would benefit from extra help this holiday season, consider hiring a live-in caregiver from
Polish Care Services. Reach out to us today.