Mary Alexander: Hi! I'm Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care, and today I'm talking about what seniors need and want during the Holidays.
Often, the first thing that the Holiday season brings to mind is gift giving. Holiday shopping for seniors can seem daunting, because they usually appear to have everything they need. However, intangible gifts can be of even greater value to your senior than the latest gadget or another pair of slippers. These intangibles include spending time, enjoying a meal with your senior loved one, or just having a visit. Other intangibles can be running errands or taking care of Holiday tasks such as decorating or shopping. You might also consider making sure your senior gets to celebrate religious ceremonies that are important to him or her. Or you could join them in volunteering to help others enjoy the season. Faith and caring for others are at the core of the Holidays. While the Holidays can be merry and bright they can also be overwhelming. Keep celebrations simple and at convenient times for your senior loved one can help. Also, help them avoid overindulging in rich foods and activities they might end up making them feel ill or tire them out before they even had a chance to get going. If your senior has reduced or limited sight, hearing or sense of smell, taste, or touch find other activities that will arise their keen senses and tie into the Holiday season.
Ideas include baking gingersnaps, driving to see holiday lights, listening and swing to music and creating Holiday ornaments from last year's cards. Perhaps, the most important thing you can do as a caregiver is to take care of yourself. If you're stressed out and not in good health, the Holidays will be less enjoyable for everyone. Accept every offer to help that comes your way and be sure to make time for exercise, healthy food, and the traditions that are important to you, your spouse and children. Doing so can help make the Holidays a truly glorious and a wonderful time for all.