This is the season for festive fun at your local senior living community! Our goal is to make this holiday season the best one ever, especially since 2020 has been such an unexpected year. We love hosting tons of resident activities and events to bring our community together, but this year it has not been safe to host large groups of people. But that cannot stop up from having holiday fun!
Our spirited staff at Sage Park in Gahanna, Ohio has created this list filled with inspiration for ways to make your Christmas season joyful and bright. And yes, we checked it twice!
To help your loved ones get in the spirit of the season, consider inviting them to play a few reindeer games! The best games are ones that stimulate mental activity and promote safe socialization. Get the best of both worlds by hosting a holiday trivia night within your household complete with snacks, eggnog, and other Christmas treats. Another fun family activity is a puzzle; we love puzzles because they are fun for all ages. Gather everyone around one table to put a puzzle together to strengthen your teamwork skills and have some fun. Lastly, everyone loves a good old-fashioned game of bingo, but we recommend making it match the spirit of the season. Instead of using numbers and letters, opt for Christmas characters instead.
Gift-giving is an important holiday tradition for many seniors, and they may need some help doing it safely this year since shopping in stores is not recommended. Help your loved ones create their Christmas shopping list and guide them through the world of online shopping. Once the gifts all arrive, you could host a wrapping event within your household to help wrap all the presents. Get tons of fun wrapping supplies like ribbon, gift tags, wrapping paper, tape and boxes, and invite your family to join in the festivities. Another fun way that you can include your loved ones in the Christmas festivities is by helping them decorate their homes or allowing them to help decorate yours. If you are keeping your distance, you could also surprise them by decorating their front door!
As the year comes to a close, it is important to reminisce on all that happened this year and to set goals for 2021, as well. We think one of the best ways to memorialize the year is through scrapbooking. Scrapbooking is an excellent way to enjoy crafting as well as enjoy a sense of wellbeing as we focus on all the good that has happened in the past year. After having completed a year in review scrapbook, consider setting some goals for next year, things such as exercising for 10 minutes per day or reading for 20 minutes per day are great goals to keep the mind and body sharp as we start a new year. After discussing the goals that you would like to set, make sure you write them down and keep them in a visible spot that you see daily to remind you of your goals! We also love using habit trackers to check off each day that you accomplish your goal.
This holiday season may look different from the year’s past, but that does not mean that we have to sacrifice the fun. We hope you found this list of holiday activities to be inspirational and that you enjoy spending some quality time with your loved ones this holiday season even if that is from afar!
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