When the weather changes and we start spying the first twinkling lights on neighborhood homes, we know the holidays are approaching. As we get closer to Thanksgiving and the holiday season, it is a time to bond with family, share memories and reflect on all we have to be thankful for. The team at The Gardens at Brook Ridge, an Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Pharr, Texas, has put together a great list of ways for your loved one to connect with your family and friends this holiday season.
Food is a love language. And if your loved one has a passion for cooking, passing along and recreating their classic recipes is a great way to involve the whole family in tradition. In addition to the savory holiday classics such as the turkey and stuffing, involving your loved one in cooking one of their famous, unique dishes can really make the holiday special. Your loved one may even have an old ladle or serving dish that has made an appearance at decades of holiday meals–bring it out this year, too!
Don’t just limit the family memories to food; taking time to pull out old photos and share family stories with the younger generations is always a great way to bond and include your loved one in the passing down of traditions. You can even have every member of the family (including your close family friends) send you their favorite photos, recipes, poems, stories, and memories. Compile them into either a scrapbook, or create a printable file on your computer and have hard copies made for each member of your family. Not only will your loved one have a great time flipping through the pages, but the younger generations will appreciate the family history and traditions that will be preserved for years to come.
In today’s world, many families live at some distance from each other, and distance can make coordinating in-person activities challenging. Tying the old with the new can help with that! Using technology to include your loved one in video calls can help them connect with their family during the season. Is a grandchild starring in a holiday play? Is someone receiving an award or riding on a float in the town parade? Have a friend or family member video call your loved one or live-stream the event so your loved one can attend, no matter where they are. There are also digital frames available that allow you to upload and display photos from anywhere. These frames connect to apps that allow you to upload photos to the frame directly from your phone. These would make a fantastic gift for your loved one, who can see updated photos from everyone in the family throughout the year.
It’s no secret that even during the holidays, people get busy and distracted with their day-to-day lives. Between jobs, responsibilities, and distance, not everyone is able to make an in-person visit to celebrate with their senior family members. But that doesn’t mean you can’t connect–it just takes a little creativity. Whatever activities your friends and family are participating in this season, take a little bit of time to think about how you can include everyone. If you’re hand-making cards or ornaments, send one to your loved one–or send them the supplies to make their own! If you’re baking cookies, you can bet your loved one would be delighted to receive a batch. Keeping an eye on our loved ones and creatively including them in the holiday festivities can help them feel like they’re a part of the fun.
And if your loved one is a resident at The Gardens at Brook Ridge, they’ll never miss out on any holiday fun! We have an activity calendar packed full of fun for our residents to enjoy, and friends and family are welcome to enjoy them with us!
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of The Gardens at Brook Ridge, contact our friendly team today.