Repetition, while tedious for most of us, can be soothing to those with cognitive impairments and can often invoke feelings of accomplishment and pride. Around the holidays, there are plenty of repetitive seasonal activities that seniors with Alzheimer’s can enjoy. Here are a few for inspiration.
- String garlands. With some heavy thread and a darning needle, seniors and kids alike will enjoy creating colorful holiday garlands. Try stringing popcorn, cranberries or other edibles and hang the garland outside to attract birds, allowing for fun bird-watching.
- Create paper chains. Cut strips of paper, curl them around one another and glue or staple them together. The senior can help in any way she can. Use the paper chain to decorate a tree, mantle or banister when finished.
- Make pomanders. Pomanders are oranges studded with cloves. Help seniors arrange the cloves in the orange in a decorative way to create beautiful scented holiday decorations.
- Crack nuts. Give the senior the task of cracking nuts during a holiday gathering. Use an old-fashioned nutcracker, some walnuts, pecans or brazil nuts and provide a place to toss the shells.
Use the holidays as a time to slow down and enjoy spending time with your elderly relatives and friends. Matching their pace can be a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of traditional holiday activities.
Contact Partners in Healthcare for more information on how to assist frail seniors in Orlando during the holiday season. Our exceptional client-centered in-home care services will make a positive difference in the life of your loved one.
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