The holidays are an important part of our lives and finding senior holiday activities and outings helps us enjoy the holiday season even more. The best part of the holidays is being able to enjoy them with the ones we love. Our caregivers are always happy to help you make the season brighter!
Senior Holiday Activities and Outings in California
We’ve found some great resources for senior activities and outings. We’d like to share what we’ve found to keep your senior loved one celebrating the holiday season safely and happily. Our blog on daily tasks and activities for Alzheimer’s patients can also be helpful during the sometimes stressful holiday season also.
Outing Ideas in the Areas We Serve
- The L.A. Times shares this great article about celebrating the holidays with many local events. The calendar listing includes events for people of all ages and events that include a number of free events.
- The 2016 Holiday Guide for all around L.A. is presented by “Eye Spy” and offers a number of events. If you’re looking for someplace to visit for some holiday cheer you may be able to find it here!
- This listing focuses specifically on free events in our area. Taking advantage of free events can often be a great way to ensure that if your senior loved one doesn’t feel up to it or decides that they can’t stay for the entire event, you’re not out of any money! The drawback can be larger crowds; which can be confusing and overwhelming to some seniors.
Rules for Choosing Senior Activities for the Holidays
- Choose Activities That Fit – Be sure the activity isn’t too overwhelming for them. Don’t give them projects that have too many steps to follow or will leave them confused.
- Time Limits Are Important – Remember that many seniors will wear out quicker, so limit the time spent doing your activities.
- Attention Spans Limits – The attention spans of those with dementia are limited. Be prepared to shorten your activities or do our activities in stages throughout the day or a number of days.
- Plan Ahead – Make sure that you plan out the entire activity. If you are going someplace be certain of the surroundings; including if there is handicap accessibility when needed, the ability to rent a wheelchair if there will be a lot of walking that they may not be able to do, and know the surroundings (such as stairs, hills, etc.) so that they don’t feel embarrassed by not being physically able to participate.
- Safety – Use non-toxic items for art and craft projects. If you’re taking them for an outing, be sure that you have safety measures in place to keep them nearby and comfortable.
Senior Holiday Activity Ideas
Music therapy is an amazing resource
- Music has proven to have positive effects for many issues associated with dementia, depression, Alzheimer’s and more.
- Listen to Holiday Songs – Enjoy listening to some favorite holiday songs that made your senior loved one’s holidays special throughout their life.
- Christmas Caroling – Attend holiday functions that encourage singing along; such as Christmas Caroling events and church functions.
Art therapy is another amazing therapy process that proves to be very valuable to seniors also.
- Use holiday crafting as a form of art therapy to help your loved one use their brain, thought processing, motor skills, memory skills and more.
- Painting – Paint with non-toxic water based paints on pre-cut corrugated cardboard pieces or wooden pieces. You can also have them paint on paper or canvas; using their art to decorate for the holidays. Here are some printable activities that the whole family can enjoy.
- Crafting Resources – Here are some great resources for a variety of holiday crafts that can be enjoyed by everyone:
Elder One Stop Senior Activities
Nursing Home Resources – Holiday Crafts for Fun
Simple Christmas Crafts for Seniors
- Christmas Games – Some of the games suggested here can provide fun and entertainment throughout the holiday season. You can adjust games to fit the needs of your loved one and family.
Happy Holidays from Accredited Home Care
We would like to take this time to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. We hope that our tips, ideas and resources for senior holiday activities and outings will help make this holiday season even better.
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