Senior Safety and Happiness During the Holiday Season
The holidays can be fun for older adults even if they have physical or cognitive limitations. It’s all about spending time together and enjoying good company.
The activities you do together don’t have to be exciting to be special and meaningful. Simply being able to join in brings joy and helps your older adult enjoy the season, whether in person or virtually.
The holiday season tends to carry changes in routine, decor, diet, and more. For seniors, these shifts can hinder safety and make the season stressful.
Use these tips to ensure seniors have a happy, healthy holiday.
Mental and Emotional Health Tips
Although holidays like Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s can be happy and celebratory, for many seniors these holidays feel lonely. Increased instances of moods and depression can result.
For seniors with memory-related issues, breaks from routine can be especially problematic. Caregivers can help seniors by writing things down, especially a schedule during the holidays. Setting automatic reminders for medications can also be helpful.
- Encourage social activity, even if through technology like video chatting
- Offer holiday activities, like decorating, crafting, or selecting gifts
- Make healthy versions of holiday food favorites
- Ask seniors about their traditions and memories
- Help by listening, sympathizing, and reminding them of their faith or values
Top Challenges to Holiday Safety
Some of the biggest challenges for seniors during the holidays include:
- Traveling alone
- Disrupted routine
- Missed medications
- Unhealthy diet
- Time spent sedentary
- The expense of gifts
- Too much activity
Holiday travel safety for seniors visiting with loved ones during the holidays is often a source of joy but traveling can be hard on seniors. Those planning to travel should talk to a doctor ahead of time about health concerns. Ask for enough medication to cover time away and questions about time zones affecting medication schedules. Wear compression socks if flying or spending a long time in the car. Bring copies of important documents like health insurance and emergency numbers. Give copies of travel itineraries to loved ones. Carry medications and essential items on the plane or in the car in case of emergency or disruptions to plans and wear a medical ID if needed.
Use hand sanitizer and wash hands to avoid germs. You can ask for an escort or wheelchair to help navigate airports safely. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Fun Holiday Activities for Seniors
Spread cheer among seniors with activities like these:
- Make a wreath or a stocking or decorations
- Reminisce about the past and talk about tradition origins
- Listen to holiday classics
- Prepare favorite foods
- Connect with loved ones
- Pick out presents and cards
- Go for a walk somewhere indoors
- Watch a holiday classic
Promyse Home Care
The team at Promyse offers social companionship, assistance, and supervision to seniors who need someone to keep them company. Whether you or your loved ones live at home, in a retirement home, in a long-term care facility, or are staying in hospital or hospice care, our caring team can be there.
If you are interested in care for your senior loved one, please fill out the attached form or call us at 519-208-2000