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Holiday Craftmaking for Seniors: An Interactive Celebration of Its Own

Family and professional caregivers can bring joy to a senior’s holiday season – and make him or her more active and involved in the season – with little more than the gift of time and some materials for crafts and decorations.

Holiday craftmaking can lift seniors’ spirits, get their creative juices flowing and keep their minds and hands active.

You may end up departing from old family traditions, but you will help a senior make new memories as you craft and decorate together over some hot cocoa and holiday music.

You can fully engage the senior in the celebration of the season by making homemade holiday crafts together that can double as decorations. Or try a new holiday recipe together. A variety of Web sites also provide ideas for homemade holiday gifts.

Examples of sites with craft, decoration, card, gift and recipe ideas include:

  • www.organizedchristmas.com
  • www.familyfun.com
  • www.makingfriends.com
  • www.homeandfamilynetwork.com/Christmas.html

Add to the fun by involving family and friends to help with the crafts and decorating. While making new memories, a senior may also appreciate getting out old photo albums to reminisce about past holidays.

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