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50 Ways to Bring Seniors Comfort & Joy this Season
50 Ways to Bring Seniors Comfort & Joy this Holiday Season – This holiday season promises to look different than any before it for many families. But it can be refreshing and fun to shake up the routine by incorporating new ideas, especially when some of the go-to activities may not be possible this holiday season.
“Christmas is a magical time whose spirit lives on in all of us no matter how old we grow.” –Sirona Knight
While it is important to keep safety in mind during the holidays, there are a number of ways to bring connection, purpose and hope to seniors – even when we can’t see them in-person.
These fun ideas for families focus on activities to do with seniors, including grandparents, older parents, and elderly neighbors. Some are free or affordable, others may require some planning ahead, but all ideas can be done together or apartto bring joy and make new memories. Some of these can be done in person, for those in the same household, or activities can be facilitated by a caregiver to ensure both fun and safety. Others are intended to bring joy to those that can’t spend time together in person. While this year may not allow some of our usual seasonal traditions, there are still ways to find joy in the holiday season together.
50 Ways to Bring Seniors Comfort & Joy this Season
Bake cookies or a favorite holiday treat
Make an ornament or cute holiday decoration as a gift
Help a senior shop for holiday gifts online
Wrap gifts on behalf of a senior and deliver them to loved ones
Have a drive-through holiday parade outside of a senior’s home
Gather everyone in your household and go caroling for seniors
Put together a gift basket of hot chocolate, baked goods or favorite holiday snack
String lights outside of a senior’s home
Make a wreath for a senior’s door
Print photos of holiday memories and share them
Send cards, letters or notes of encouragement
Run a holiday errand for someone that is isolating at home
Snap a few photos of your friends, family, and petsto send by text or email
Plan a surprise meal for a senior, either by cooking for the senior in your household or arranging meal delivery if you can’t be in-person
Draw a picture and send it in the mail
Lend a senior a favorite book or movie and explain why you love it
Take a senior in your own household for a sunset car ride
Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas by sending a senior gifts and treats.
Color a page from a coloring book and give it as a gift
Surprise a senior by playing or singing their favorite song over the phone or on a video call
Paint a picture and give it to a senior
Make and send a handmade card
Post sticky notes with uplifting messages around the house
Make origamis and present them as gifts
Tell a senior what you admire about them
Create a book of holiday memories for someone special
Thank someone that you appreciate
Listen to a senior reminisce about the “good old days”
Surprise a senior by dancing to a favorite song on video or dance with a senior in your household!
Write a poem and give it as a gift
Bring coffee from their favorite coffee shop
Frame a senior’s favorite quote give it to them
Decorate for the holidays, either outside of their home or inside if you’re in the same household
Read a favorite holiday book together over the phone
Send a senior a poinsettia or other seasonal plant for their garden
Gift an indoor garden to someone that can’t be outside due to weather
Order supplies from an online crafts store for your loved one’s favorite hobby or something fun and new
Have your senior narrate parts of their life for you. Write down the memories and create a booklet with photos for you all to cherish.
Have a fashion show showcasing silly holiday looks over video or with a senior in your household and dress up in themes from your loved ones favorite era
Watch a favorite classic movie with a senior in your household
Ask your senior loved one to gather items to donate, and take them to a charity drive for them
Have family phone or video calls
Record a voice journal and share it
Create a family holiday recipe book
Play Bingo online
Create a collage and gift it to a senior loved one
Play charades in-person with those in your household or over video chat
Find a senior pen pal and send letters and notes on a regular basis
Share a favorite podcast or audio book
Make a family tree and gift it to a senior
Comfort Keepers® Can Help
Comfort Keepers can help. Our caregivers can provide wellness support, remind clients to take medication, provide transportation to scheduled appointments, and support physician-prescribed exercise regimens and diets. Our Interactive Caregiving™ engages clients physically, emotionally, mentally and socially ─ and provides a system of care that addresses safety, nutrition, mind, body, and activities of daily living (ADLs). As part of an individualized care plan, caregivers can let a senior’s care team know if there are changes in behavior or physical characteristics. Our goal is to see that clients have the means to find the joy and happiness in each day, regardless of age or acuity.