For frail seniors, the hustle and bustle of the holidays can be exhausting and overwhelming, and they can often feel left on the sidelines during big family gatherings. Planning ahead and making appropriate adjustments to old traditions so that the senior members of your family can also be included comfortably will make the holidays a joyous season for all. Perhaps you can even start new traditions! Be sure to include the senior in the planning so that she can offer input on what will make her most comfortable. Remember to maintain realistic expectations and have fun! Below are a few holiday traditions that family members of all ages can enjoy.
- Play holiday music. Put on a festive CD or gather around the piano for a holiday sing-along.
- Share memories. The holidays are a great time to reminisce, and older family members often love to share stories. Engage them in a trip down memory lane.
- Help decorate the senior’s home. Decorations are a wonderful way to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Offer to help your elderly loved one set up and decorate a tree, hang wreaths, or string lights. Also, make yourself available after the holidays to help take down and store the decorations.
- Put together a holiday photo album. Sorting through old holiday photos and recalling all the memories is fun for all ages and is a great, simple way to include a senior in the festivities.
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