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Favorite Holiday Traditions for Seniors and Their Families

Holiday traditions are beloved by family members of all ages whether they are old favorites or new experiences. If you’re considering beginning some new holiday traditions with your senior loved one this Christmas, these suggestions from Tracy home caregivers may be just what you are looking for. 

Make Gingerbread Men

Making gingerbread cookies used to be a staple in many homes around the Christmas season, but it’s not as common as it once was. Get out some Christmas-themed cookie cutters and either make or buy gingerbread dough. Enjoy cutting out the shapes with your loved one and then decorate the cookies with icing, candies, and sprinkles. This can be an emotionally rewarding activity for your senior loved one because of the feeling of companionship that comes from a day of baking Christmas cookies with family.

Go Caroling 

Your senior loved one may enjoy reviving this old tradition or making it a new one if your family member has never tried it before. If your senior family member has limited mobility or there is snow and ice, consider renting a wheelchair to ensure your loved one’s safety while caroling. Invite friends and other family members or even neighbors to join in. Brightening up someone’s holiday will encourage the feeling of goodwill and cheer this holiday season.

Watch Christmas Movies

If your loved one enjoys Christmas movies, consider picking a day near Christmas to have a yearly Christmas movie marathon. You can find Christmas movies to record on your DVR for several days in December, order your favorites online, or rent them ahead of time. Spend an afternoon or evening cuddled up in your favorite holiday blanket and take turns choosing what movie to put on next. For an added touch, make a snack like homemade popcorn or roasted chestnuts to share. Watching a movie can help keep your senior loved one’s mind active as he or she follows the storyline while enjoying a fun and festive activity. 

Decorate the House

Decorate for Christmas on a designated day with the family for a fun tradition. Choose a day your family will do their decorating each year – such as the first Saturday in December or any time that works for your family. Set out all of the decorations and invite any friends and family your loved one would enjoy decorating with to come and make his or her home holiday ready. Each time your loved one looks at the decorations, he or she will remember the fun of decorating with family and friends.

Holiday traditions with family and friends can lift a senior’s spirit and provide emotional and mental stimulation. For more information on how to keep your senior loved one engaged this Christmas season, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We provide quality Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, and stroke care in Tracy for seniors, whether they require safety monitoring or simply need help with housekeeping and personal care. To schedule a free consultation, contact a knowledgeable Care Manager today at (209) 650-8500. We look forward to hearing from you.