The holidays are the perfect time for seniors to bond with their grandchildren as they engage in fun seasonal activities. However, it can sometimes be difficult finding something that appeals to multiple generations of the family. As you plan your holiday festivities, Placer Country senior care experts suggest using these ideas as inspiration for creating fond memories between your elderly loved one and his or her grandchildren.
Painting a Window Scene
Young children will love the chance to paint with their grandparent. Using special paints designed for windows, they can create a fun holiday design together. You or your loved one can draw a winter scene on a piece of paper and tape it to the outside of a window. Then, your loved one and his or her grandchildren can trace and color the picture from the inside.
Creating Holiday Decorations
Crafting is enjoyable for people of all ages, and many decorations can be made from simple materials that can be found around the home. Your loved one and the grandchildren can use Popsicle sticks to make snowflake ornaments to hang on the tree, or leftover tree branches can be used to make a wreath for the door.
Having an Indoor Snowball Fight
California is not known for its snowy season, which means a traditional snowball fight is out of the question, but seniors with good mobility can help the grandkids burn off some energy with snowball toys. Indoor snowballs can be made from yarn pom-poms, or your loved one can use a balled up pair of socks. If a snowball fight gets too rowdy, then your loved one can grab a bucket and see who can score the highest by taking turns aiming at the target.
Hosting a Movie Night
From classics to recent releases, there are many holiday movies all age groups will love. Have both your loved one and the grandchildren pick movies and draw names to see whose movie will be watched first. Then, pop some popcorn and warm up some hot chocolate for the perfect indoor activity the whole family can enjoy.
Recording Christmas Carols
If it is too cold to go caroling in the neighborhood, a tape player or computer can be used to record your loved one and the grandchildren singing their favorite carols. If someone in the family plays an instrument, then invite him or her to set the tune. Alternatively, your loved one can sing along to a favorite holiday soundtrack. To make it feel more like traditional caroling, make copies of the recording and give them as gifts to family and friends.
Some seniors aren’t fortunate enough to spend time with their grandchildren as often as they’d like. If you think your loved one could benefit from additional companionship around the holidays as well as the rest of the year, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our hourly and live-in caregivers in Placer County can assist with a wide variety of daily tasks and provide the emotional support your loved one needs. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 916.226.3737 to schedule a complimentary consultation. We hope to hear from you soon.