Some of the things we love most about the holiday season can make it a stressful time as we get older. While the focus on family, traditions, and beloved memories normally brings us joy, it can cause feelings of melancholy in older adults. If you’re celebrating the holidays with a senior who may be at risk for holiday blues, follow these tips to help minimize the negative impact of holiday stressors on their mood during this season.
Every family has its own set of traditions that make the holiday season special. Typically, those traditions involve the whole extended family gathering under one roof for the holidays. When a member of your family is in assisted living or memory care, that might not be possible. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up holiday traditions when a loved one moves to assisted living. Holiday traditions remain as important as ever. They might just look a little different.
Considering how closely we link the holidays with family time, it’s remarkable how easy it is for quality family time to get overshadowed by the busyness involved in actually hosting family gatherings. For older family members who may be hard of hearing or less mobile, it can be especially hard to feel like they’re getting quality family time during the holidays.
Reading is one of the best activities for exercising the mind and preventing Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, because older eyes tend to have a harder time reading the small text in many books, seniors can find reading to themselves challenging.
Few holidays loom as large in a child’s life as Halloween. Candy, costumes, and parties – what more could a kid ask for? You may have left your trick-or-treating days far behind you, but that doesn’t mean you can get in on some of the fun. Here are some ideas for ways to celebrate this spooky holiday with your grandkids this month.
While gardening outside is a wonderful way to spend your summer days, it can also be a four-season activity that you enjoy year-round. With temperatures dropping and winter looming ever closer, we thought we would share some indoor gardening ideas for seniors to enjoy the pleasure and benefits of gardening all winter long.