Gem Village Assisted Living wants the holiday season to be enjoyable not just for our residents, but for other seniors in our community.
“The holidays can be a wonderful time, but they can also be lonely and stressful,” said Andrew Blaser, Gem Village Administrator. “We create a festive atmosphere for our residents, but also offer adult day care for seniors whose families have other obligations during this busy time of year or who are looking for some extra social interaction.”
With a little adjusting of holiday traditions, frail seniors can comfortably be included in holiday. Here are some ideas Gem Village suggests to make the holidays special for the senior you love.
- Enjoy cooking a favorite meal together. Prepare a dish your senior loved one once prepared as a holiday tradition. Instead of making it for them, involve the senior in the process.
- Create a family cookbook. Organize recipes your senior loved one has stashed away. This can also help you prepare dishes they will enjoy and be comforted by.
- Set up a Christmas tree. Decorations make the holiday season come to life. Help your loved one feel at home during the holidays by setting up their Christmas tree. If they are able, involve them in putting the ornaments on the tree or plugging in the lights.
- Take a drive to see holiday lights. Taking a senior loved one – especially a senior who can no longer drive – on a drive through town can be a wonderful experience. This is an activity for all ages.
- Sing carols with friends and neighbors. Carols can be enjoyed anywhere, in your neighborhood, a downtown center, or even a living room gathering.
- Bake holiday treats. The holidays are filled with wonderful traditions, especially traditions that involve baking. Most seniors have holiday favorites from when they were kids or from family reunions.
- Play a favorite board game. Interaction is important for seniors, especially during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Getting senior’s minds engaged by playing games or doing puzzles is important.
- Have fun with holiday cards. Sending holiday cards is a wonderful way to keep in touch with family and friends. Seniors can stay in contact with people they might not otherwise keep up with simply by sending out holiday cards.
Long, cold winters and holiday seasons often bring depression and isolation, so it is important that seniors feel connected and active. For more information on services available at Gem Village, including adult day care call Andrew at 208-716-3175.