Holiday activities for seniors are a great way to get family and friends involved. Activities for seniors can vary greatly, depending on whether or not the senior experiences difficulty with mobility or other physical challenges. Here are some great holiday activity ideas suitable for all seniors!
- Holiday Centerpiece Arranging
Many flower shops, nurseries or local craft shops offer classes to teach seniors the art of holiday centerpiece arrangement. Many of these businesses also have do-it-yourself holiday centerpiece kits available. Christmas centerpieces easily become more appreciated and valued by friends and family members when made by seniors at home.
- Making a Gingerbread House
Gingerbread houses are a wonderful and creative activity for seniors. They are able to use their wildest imagination to build and decorate the house as they please. Many gingerbread house kits are commercially available and vary from small houses to giant gingerbread mansions. The process can be tailored to fit the senior and their capabilities. Seniors can bake their own gingerbread or simply use graham crackers, cut out the patterns, glue the house together and decorate. Making a gingerbread house is a project that is fun for everyone, no matter how young or old.
- Sharing Holiday Memories
This is a great activity that promotes bonding and fosters the spirit of Christmas. Seniors undoubtedly have many fond holiday memories. Why not share those memories with others? Make a round of hot chocolate for everyone and let the storytelling begin.
- Help Those Less Fortunate
Many seniors enjoy giving back to those who are in need, especially during the holidays. Activities that involve helping others can make anyone feel very good inside. Many organizations have special activities for seniors. For instance, many organizations offer knitting or quilting activities and would be wonderful places to donate things like yarn or fabric. For seniors who knit or quilt at home, consider making mittens, scarves or hats for people in need. In addition, donating items to a food pantry or coats to the homeless can be an extremely rewarding experience.