6 Thanksgiving Activities Elderly People Are Sure to Appreciate

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For most seniors, the Thanksgiving holiday is all about spending quality time with friends and family members. Sharing stories of appreciation with family caregivers and doing fun holiday activities can prevent boredom in older adults and strengthen their relationships with others. Take a look at some fun Thanksgiving activities seniors can try.

1. Decorating the Home

Get the candle holders, light displays, wreaths, pumpkin and gourd displays, acorn garlands, and other festive decorations out so your loved one can help you decorate the home for the holiday. Decorating the home can boost cognitive skills and enhance overall mental health.

Some seniors require assistance with decorating their homes and performing other basic activities. If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior care. Castle Rock Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.

2. Cooking with Family

Seniors who love cooking may enjoy participating in Thanksgiving meal prep. They can pull out their favorite holiday recipes and join their children and grandchildren in the kitchen to make a meal for the entire family. Cooking activates the senses, triggers memories, and encourages self-expression and social bonding. 

If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Castle Rock seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.

3. Painting Turkeys

Painting increases concentration and hand-eye coordination, regardless if your loved one uses real paint and a board to create the images or takes everyday household items like paper plates and toilet paper rolls to make the painted turkeys. When done, the turkeys can add some festiveness to the holidays.

4. Creating Grateful Boards

Your loved one can create a grateful board with you and other family members and use it as a reminder of what he or she is grateful for during the month of November. The board should consist of messages about people, places, or things your parent is grateful for. If other family members contribute to the grateful board, they should all take turns reading the messages during Thanksgiving dinner. Creating grateful boards can keep seniors inspired and socially active.

5. Doing Thanksgiving Mad Libs

Playing adult mad libs is a great way to pass the time and stimulate the mind. Exercising the brain is just as important as physical exercise is to the body. You can create your own Thanksgiving mad libs or download different sheets off the internet. Doing Thanksgiving mad libs is a fun activity that can keep aging adults entertained while boosting their memory and staving off dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

6. Making a Football Jersey

If your parent loves football, he or she may enjoy making football jerseys with you. Your loved one can use paint, stencils, and other materials to make a jersey to wear during the Thanksgiving football games. Making a football jersey may provide a sense of accomplishment and boost self-confidence.

Aging in place can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving live-in care. Castle Rock, CO, Home Care Assistance are leaders in the elderly in-home care industry for good reason. We tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual needs, our caregivers continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise, and we also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. To schedule a free in-home consultation, give us a call at 720-287-1685 today.