The holidays are a time for family and friends to get together and create memories. This year, things may be a little different due to our new normal. Do not let that get in the way of sharing with your aging loved ones. Here are three tips to help you celebrate the holidays with seniors.
1.Check on them
If you can go see them, do it. During this time of year, many seniors are alone and may feel like a burden. Stopping by to remind them that you care makes all the difference. If you are hosting a holiday dinner, think about hosting it at their house. If that is not possible, pick them up. Even if you are not able to go, send a letter or give them a call. As the saying goes, it is the thought that counts.
- Engage them
When family is together memories surface and storytelling becomes a focus. Be sure to include your aging loved ones in conversations. They most likely have some great stories to tell. It is possible that they don’t have much going on in their everyday lives. Therefore, updating them on the things happening in your life helps them feel connected. Also, include them in gift decisions. Though you may not go with their choice, it lets them know you want their opinion.
- Enjoy your time together
Most importantly, have a fun time. Creating a positive environment by decorating your home with holiday trinkets helps senior’s mood. In addition, making holiday cards, gift bows, or ornaments are simple and entertaining. Crafts have a way of bringing people together and sparking conversation. Want to play a game? You can never go wrong with charades. It strengthens interpersonal skills, memory and creates many laughs.
If this year has taught us anything, it is to keep our loved ones close. If you still have them in your life, take advantage and make this holiday season special for them.
If you are considering a nursing home or assisted living for a loved one in northern NJ, The Little Nursing Home of Montclair offers a cozy and calm atmosphere with the comforts of home. We are family-owned for over 60 years and run by experienced registered nurses. Call or email us for more info or to schedule a tour.