Uncategorized | November 17, 2020
Because of the COVID-19 crisis, things look very different as we are entering the fall and winter seasons this year. Due to the unpredictability of the whole situation, many seniors continue to self-isolate at home. Though self-isolation and other measures are currently necessary, they can certainly take a toll on the social and emotional wellbeing of our elderly loved ones.
However, there are ways to keep your aging mom or dad safe while they take part in meaningful, fun fall & winter activities that bring them joy and connection.
Fall-related activities are all about connecting with loved ones, enjoying the turn of the season, and spending time outside before the weather slowly turns into sleet and snow. Here are some fun fall activities your loved one can enjoy this fall:
- As this year brought us “the new normal”, most of us are prevented from watching our favorite sports teams play in-person. However, there are ways to let your loved one enjoy a football, baseball, or hockey match if they are an avid fan of sports. For instance, you can opt to watch the streaming of the event together through a video call. You can also organize a socially distanced viewing at home, provided that everyone follows the recommended safety guidelines.
- Many seniors enjoy observing fall foliage, admiring autumnal colors from the safety of their porch or by taking a short walk through the nearby park. Use the opportunity to visit your mom or dad and help rake the leaves from their backyard.
- Eating somehow seems to be more fun in the fall – Halloween and Thanksgiving are great opportunities for those isolating together to have nice family dinners. Make sure to include your loved one in baking projects and festive meal preparations. The best part – your parent will stay engaged and active while maintaining their nutrition goals at the same time.
Winter brings us the holiday season – it is the time of the year filled with celebration, music, giving presents to those we love, as well as giving back to the community. Consider these fun senior-friendly winter activities for your aging mom or dad:
- Holiday shopping is a tradition we should not give up, even though the circumstances are different this year. To avoid unnecessary visits to the mall, it may be best to help your loved one shop online.
- In the wintertime, older adults have much fun singing, dancing, and playing holiday carols regardless of how the weather looks like outside. There are plenty of streaming services your loved one can utilize to listen to favorite tunes on their phone, tablet, or laptop.
- While volunteering can be done year-round, it is somehow more meaningful around the time of the holidays. Encourage your parent to consider virtual volunteering – writing letters, knitting scarfs and mittens, donating old coats, sweaters, and other unwanted clothes.
Comfort Keepers Can Help
At Comfort Keepers of Victoria, we can deliver customized care for your loved one and help maintain their overall wellness. Our trained caregivers can support physician-prescribed diets and exercise regimens, provide transportation, loving companionship, and help your mom or dad stay engaged in activities they love the most.
Call our local office at 778-402-2175 to learn more about our services and schedule your free care assessment today.