The holiday season is here, and it’s a great time to engage the whole family in fun and memorable activities to celebrate, including senior loved ones!

As adults age, they may develop limitations that change the holiday activities they enjoy or can participate in, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! There are plenty of holiday activities for seniors to enjoy throughout the season that fit a wide variety of interests. As a loved one, or maybe even a family caregiver, now is the time to start brainstorming some of the activities you might want to suggest!

Here are some holiday activity ideas for seniors that you might like to try: 

  1. Decorating and stuffing the stockings – This is fun and easy while helping aging adults get a little creative for the holidays!
  2. Singing holiday hits together – Mariah Carey makes everything better during the holidays! Figure out what an aging loved one’s favorite holiday hits are, and have a family holiday concert right at home!
  3. Having a family holiday movie night – There are plenty of holiday flicks to get the holiday spirit going. Spend a night watching some classics with an aging adult you love. 
  4. Baking cookies – This can be a great way to bond over food, and you might even be able to use Grandma’s secret recipe!
  5. Writing holiday cards – Writing holiday cards to send off to loved ones can be a heartwarming way to include aging adults in holiday activities at home, while also allowing them to show love to some family and friends they might not be able to see this year. 

In some cases, you might also want to enjoy some holiday fun together outside of the house. With cooler evening temperatures and an aging adult’s different physical needs though, there are some steps you have to take while planning holiday activities for seniors that are outdoors.

Here are some planning tips for outdoor activities that might help:

  1. Make time for breaks – If you plan on going into town for a holiday festival or walking around the mall to shop, it can be helpful to pre-plan breaks to make sure aging family members don’t get too tired too fast. Make sure you go somewhere with seating so that they can take a breather when needed.
  2. Don’t overwhelm them – If a senior doesn’t get out much, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can become a little overwhelming. Try to make sure that you don’t pick any activities that are overstimulating so that they can ease their way into the holiday fun.
  3. Come prepared – As people age, they may have medications to keep up with when they leave the house, or they might have to be more cautious about how often they need to use the restroom. If you’re taking an aging loved one out, pack things like extra medicine, wipes, etc. so that you’re prepared for anything. And, of course, always bring their coat!
  4. Take their specific needs into account – It’s important to set yourself up for success! Consider some of the limitations an aging loved one may have, and plan around that. For example, if they don’t have much stamina for walking, maybe try an activity where they can sit and watch something like a holiday concert or play.
  5. Be flexible – Outings can get unpredictable with aging loved ones. Don’t get down if what you planned doesn’t go over as well as you would have hoped! It’s the thought that counts when it comes to spending time with loved ones, and any amount of time outside of the house is worth celebrating!

If you need help planning holiday activities for seniors this holiday season, Home Care Assistance can help! We provide senior care services in Raleigh, NC and the nearby areas that can help you assess an aging loved one’s needs and create a fun, engaging list of holiday activities that they can enjoy safely and comfortably. To learn more, you can contact us online or at 919-436-1871.