The holidays are filled with family gatherings, community events and various activities; however, participating in many of these activities can be difficult for seniors depending upon their mental and physical abilities.
The good news is that there are still many holiday activities that can be adjusted to accommodate anyone’s ability and interest. Take a look at a few activity ideas specifically for seniors.
Volunteer for a Charitable or Community Organization
Charitable organizations such as Toys for Tots, food and coat drives and the Salvation Army are often overwhelmed by the needs of the community during the holiday season. This is a great time to donate your time and talents, however you can. Call your local organizations and ask them how you can best assist them. They should be able to offer a few ideas based upon your abilities and interests.
Make Hand-Made Greeting Cards
Call upon your creativity to make hand-made greeting cards for your family and friends. Better yet, gift these cards to soldiers who are overseas or local hospitals where the recipients will be very grateful for your thoughtfulness.
Attend a Holiday Concert or Ballet
The holidays are a wonderful time of year to attend a concert, play or ballet. Ask a friend or family member to join you at one of these events and assist you in getting there. It will be a lasting memory for you both, and one that will surely put you in the holiday spirit. Keep in mind that many local churches offer their holiday performances free of charge or at a special discount for seniors.
Create Floral Arrangements and Centerpieces
Bring out your crafty side by creating holiday floral arrangements or centerpieces. The time and care you put into each piece will make it a truly special gift for a loved one. Invite over a few friends to join you and make it a holiday tradition for years to come.
Make a Gingerbread House
Gingerbread houses aren’t just enjoyed by children! At any age, this holiday activity calls for creativity, hand-eye coordination and a sense of humor. Bring together a group of friends to share in the fun, and taste testing the end product!
Teach Someone Your Favorite Holiday Recipe
Invite a friend, family member or neighbor over for an afternoon of baking. You can each share your favorite holiday recipe and teach each other how to make it. More than just creating a delicious side dish or dessert, you will get to share stories and create a lasting memory.
Check the Local Newspaper for Free Holiday Activities and Volunteer Opportunities
If you’re still looking for more holiday activity ideas for seniors, be sure to check the local newspaper for a list of upcoming community events and volunteer opportunities. You will likely find many new ideas you didn’t know were available!
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