The holidays are a time that is suppose to fill the heart and home with joy. However, sometimes the older generation misses out on this when their mobility and energy decreases.
Here are 10 helpful tips to help bring the holiday spirit to your loved ones.
- Everyone likes to be reminded of how much they are valued. Taking an extra moment to remind your loved one how important they are to your family and your life can go a long way. It may take a toll on them mentally if they are not able to help like they use to. Instead of dwelling on it, encourage them to help however they are capable, and focus on making new memories.
- Holidays often come with the focus of gifts and food. The true spirit of the holidays should be focusing on family. Reassure your older loved ones that they are the ones who taught you family was so important.
- If your loved one is feeling depressed it can be hard. One way you can help is by contacting their religious organization or church and seeing if a leader of the church could go visit and talk about this. Having someone outside the family can help and go a long ways.
- Everyone has those special food and baked items that truly make it feel like the holidays are here. Take the time to bake some Christmas treats and bring them in on your next visit for your family member.
- The small details matter. No matter if you’re loved ones live at home or in an assisted living facility the small details matter. Bring in the holiday colors by adding festive table cloths and decorations which can change the mood.
- Listening when someone is talking is extremely important; it can make them feel important. When someone is talking make sure you listen no matter what the discussion is on. An honest conversation may reveal some about how they are feeling during the holidays and ways you can help.
- Who doesn’t love getting mail? Receiving holiday cards are a tradition for the older generation. The older they get the fewer cards come, this year encourage extended family to send cards, photographs, and drawings. The small things will bring a smile to their face.
- Bring in the younger generation. If you’re loved ones are staying in an assisted living facility check with the activities director to see when children can visit or even perform for the residents. Bringing in the two generations can bring a bubbly attitude back into their lives.
- Don’t let the party die! Everyone loves getting together with his or her friends. Call your elder’s friends and invite them to a holiday gathering. Everyone enjoys being able to catch up.
- Remember the past. Taking a walk down memory lane can be an awesome time. To sit and look through pictures and hear all the stories behind the stories is a great opportunity.
These are just a few tips that you and your family can to to help your aging loved one feel included and involved. Remember to relax and enjoy the holidays with your family and friends.