The holidays are the perfect time of year to spend time with family and friends. And spending time with our senior loved ones? It’s essential during the holidays if we want to help them combat feelings of loneliness and stress. If you’re looking for ways to help your senior loved one enjoy the holidays, we’ve got a couple of ideas that will help them feel included and boost their holiday spirit!

To make this holiday season exciting and fun try these activities that the whole family can participate in:

Wrap Presents Together

Gift giving may be an important part of your family’s holiday traditions, but sometimes seniors may need a little help wrapping their presents. Plan a time to wrap gifts together. Bring tape, ribbon, and wrapping paper and enjoy the chance to get in the festive spirit while also supporting and socializing with your senior loved one.

Go on a Walk to See Holiday Decorations

Not only will the twinkly lights be sure to bring a smile, but getting outside and having the chance to be a bit more active can be great for your senior loved one’s mental health.

Watch a Christmas Movie!

Maybe your senior loved one has a favourite holiday movie – why not make a date to watch it together? Cozy up with some holiday treats and enjoy the chance to bond with them. If you’re up for more, have a movie marathon where you can share your favourite films with each other!

Listen To or Sing Festive Music Together

Nothing puts you in the mood for the holidays like festive music. Take a peak around town to see if there are any local holiday concerts your family can attend together. There are usually plenty this time of year. If that doesn’t work out, listen to music together at home and, if you’re feeling brave enough, maybe sing a tune or two together!

Visit with Childhood Treats

This can be a great way to remember an old holiday tradition. Not only will this remind your loved one of joyful memories of the past, you’ll be showing them you care in a way that’s sure to pump up their holiday spirit.

Check out what Events are Happening at their Retirement Home!

Orchard Gardens Seniors Community offers a robust social calendar and, during this time of year, we love to get into the holiday season! Check out our online calendar and see if there are any events you and your loved one can attend together!

The holidays are a happy season for most of us. Filled with lots of eating, relaxing, and spending time together. They can also be hectic. This season, carve out some intentional time to spend with your senior loved one. Your visits will make a huge difference in your loved one’s holiday spirits and a meaningful impact on their well-being. At Orchard Gardens we’ve made sure to implement site specific safety and pandemic plans. Our dedicated visitor system, with screening and temperature checks, keeps our residents safe and connected.

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