From One to 92… and Beyond

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By Marie Cruz

 

The holidays have the ability to bring out the kid in all of us – if we let them.  But all too often, we get so caught up in the hectic-ness of the season (and maybe some of our own ghosts of holidays past, present and future) that we wind up carrying around more baggage than St. Nicholas himself.

 

At Home Instead Senior Care, many of our CAREGivers have exchanged ideas with families about making the holidays fun and meaningful for every generation within the family. Whether it's through activities that older folks can enjoy with kids, taking time to remember loved ones who are no longer with us, or modifying beloved family traditions so that everyone can still partake – even if their abilities have changed. Here are just a few ways to ensure that that the joy of the season includes everyone.

 

  • Have a Spa Day: Self-care may feel like an indulgence, but it's important at any age. An intergenerational girls day out will give mothers and daughters of all ages the opportunity to relax together while actually taking care of something that they probably don't do often enough.
  • Or an old-fashioned shave and haircut: Why should the ladies have all the fun? Including the older guys in a men's trip to a full-service barber could become a new family tradition.
  • Family caroling: This is one of the best one-size-fits-all activities for any family. You can modify it to work anywhere, and even if the older members are hard of hearing, they can still enjoy being surrounded by loved ones and recalling favorite tunes. For people with dementia, it is doubly beneficial because most experts agree that music is therapeutic to dementia patients.
  • White elephant: A white elephant or Yankee swap gift exchange is a fun and inexpensive way to bring the family together and give a gift, without spending a fortune. Laughs are almost guaranteed.
  • Enjoy the silent nights: Sometimes, just sitting together is enough. If you'd like to talk, consider reminiscing about holidays past, perhaps taking time to remember departed loved ones. You can also engage in a quiet activity such as painting or coloring holiday scenes together.

 

For more information about improving the lives of older adults, please contact us.

 

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