The holidays are a special time of year when we get to spend time with our friends and family. It can also be a great opportunity for seniors to get out and enjoy some festive activities! This blog post will share ten fun holiday activities that seniors can enjoy. From Christmas concerts to winter walks, there is something for everyone! We hope you find this list helpful and have a wonderful holiday season!
1. Attend a Christmas Concert
Whether it’s a local school or church choir, your community will likely have some great holiday concerts to enjoy. It can be a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the season and share music with an elderly loved one. Just make sure to check out the event beforehand to ensure that there is wheelchair access and other important accommodations.
2. Host a Christmas Party
If you know someone who is isolated or lonely during the holidays, this could be a great opportunity for your senior to host their own holiday party! It doesn’t have to be a large gathering; just a get together with a few friends for some festive food and fun.
3. Take a Winter Walk
The snow may not always be ideal, but it can still be enjoyable to take a stroll during the winter months. If you live in an area with snow, bundle up and take a walk through the snow-covered streets. Alternatively, if you live somewhere with milder winter weather, take a leisurely stroll in your local park or neighborhood.
4. Join a Holiday Craft Class
Many senior centers and organizations have holiday craft classes that seniors can join to get into the festive spirit. Whether it’s creating a festive wreath or painting ornaments, these classes can be great fun and help create lasting memories. Plus, there is a chance that your elderly loved one will meet some new friends and enjoy the social aspect of the class.
5. Bake Holiday Treats
Baking holiday treats is an enjoyable way to spend time with your senior loved one. Whether it’s gingerbread cookies or peppermint bark, there are so many delicious recipes to choose from! Plus, they can make great gifts for family and friends.
6. Visit a Local Festival or Market
Visiting a local holiday festival or market can be a great way to get into the spirit of the season. Here, you can browse festive decorations and gifts while enjoying some tasty treats. It can be a wonderful outing for an elderly loved one who enjoys being outdoors and having fun!
7. Sing Christmas Carols
What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by singing some festive carols with your senior loved one? There are plenty of classic carols that everyone knows and loves, so why not gather a group of family and friends together to enjoy some music and merriment.
8. Watch Holiday Movies
For those who prefer to stay indoors during the cold winter months, watching holiday films can be a great way to pass the time. There are plenty of classics to choose from, so you and your senior loved one can cozy up on the couch together and enjoy the warmth of some hot cocoa.
9. Have a Holiday Dinner
A holiday dinner can be a great way for seniors to spend some quality time with their friends and family. This could be an informal gathering at the home of your senior loved one or a more formal event at a restaurant. Regardless, it’s sure to be special and memorable for all involved.
10. Play Holiday Games
No holiday gathering is complete without some fun games! From charades to trivia, there are many great games that seniors can enjoy with their family and friends. Just make sure to pick games that are easy to understand and don’t require too much physical effort.
11. Decorate the House
Getting into the holiday spirit is easy with a little decoration! From fairy lights and tinsel to festive wreaths and tree ornaments, there are plenty of ways for seniors to enjoy adding some holiday cheer to their homes.
12. Donate to a Local Charity
What better way to spread the joy of the holidays than by donating to those in need? Help your senior loved one pick out an appropriate charity and make a donation, either financially or with items like clothing or food. It can be a great way for them to make a difference in the lives of others.
13. Take a Holiday Road Trip
Whether it’s to visit family or just to explore someplace new, taking a holiday road trip can be an exciting way for seniors to get out and see the world. Pick a destination that is within driving distance and plan a fun weekend away!
14. Attend Religious Services
Attending religious services during the holidays is a great way for seniors to connect with their faith and enjoy some quality time with others who share their beliefs. Services like Christmas Mass, Hanukkah services, or Kwanzaa celebrations can provide a sense of community and peace that can be hard to find at other times of the year.
15. Visit Friends
Lastly, don’t forget to make time for visiting friends and family! Whether it’s an informal gathering at home or a more formal outing, seniors can benefit from having quality time with their loved ones during the holidays.
No matter which activities your senior loved one chooses, the holidays provide a great opportunity for spending quality time with friends and family. Use these ideas to get started on some festive fun! Make sure to check in with your seniors often and help them stay engaged during the holiday season. This way, you can guarantee that your elderly loved one will be able to enjoy the holidays!