With the holidays around the corner, there are so many different activities and events going on and it can often be difficult to find the right ones to do with your senior. American Senior Communities has complied a Holiday Guide filled with seasonal activities to do both in-person and virtually with your senior loved ones!
Make Fresh Hot Cocoa & Apple Cider. Whether it’s from the packet or your homemade mix, spend some time together perfecting your tasty hot winter beverages. Make it a competition and see who makes the best cup of hot cocoa or cider. The more marshmallows or whipped cream, the better. Take it up a notch and throw on a holiday movie to get you in the holiday spirit!
Take A Drive To See Holiday Lights. Find your local holiday light displays in your community. This is a super fun way to spend some time outside of the house, all while keeping warm.
Holiday Filters Fun. Dust off your selfie stick and pull up a few holiday filters from social media platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, or even TikTok! Some of those holiday filters will have you, family and friends cracking up.
Build a Gingerbread House. Try building a gingerbread house together or make your own and have a competition! Send photos to family or friends to vote on which gingerbread house should take the prize for first place. For this fun holiday activity, if you are not able to join each other in person, you can consider sending your senior loved one their own gingerbread house kit and doing this together via video chat.
Make Holiday Cards. Get crafty with your senior and create holiday cards for family, friends or a group in your local community. This is a great opportunity to have a nice conversation with your senior loved one as well.
Wear your best Ugly Sweater. Choose a day with your senior loved one where you both wear the ugliest holiday sweater you can find. Try pairing this idea with one of the activities above for an extra festive day. The uglier the sweater, the better!
Remember, whether you can be together in person or if you’re able to join each other via video chat, there really is nothing better than spending time and having good conversations with your senior loved ones during the holidays. If your loved one doesn’t prefer holiday-related activities, spending quality time with your senior is sometimes all they need. Create a regular schedule to visit over the holidays to spend some quality time and engage your loved one in conversation.
To learn more about American Senior Communities and our different lifestyle and care options, please visit ASCCare.com.