The Holidays can be difficult for a lot of people, especially the elderly. Older folks get blue for a variety of reasons including: isolation, loneliness, depression, nostalgia, and declining physical and mental health. Taking the time to visit an older relative or friend is a wonderful gift to give and you’ll receive much in return as well!
To insure a successful, engaging visit, plan it in advance and prepare. Consider the person’s cognitive and physical abilities plus dietary restrictions then put together a care package containing cheerful items that are meaningful and appropriate. Plan a holiday activity to do together such as singing carols or making homemade Christmas cards. Lastly, think about a few upbeat recent events in your life to share. We’ve listed ten ideas to help you create a wonderful visit with your loved one.
Top Ten List
- Family friendly jokes and stories. Surf the internet to find them. Laughter is one of the best medicines!
- Era Music. Bring perennial favorites like Bing Crosby, Perry Como,
The Lennon Sisters, and Frank Sinatra.
- Games and Crafts. Think checkers, cards,
even an electronic version of Wheel of Fortune. Assemble easy tree decorations, create a collage, do a puzzle.
- Photos. Dig out recent and old family pictures to share. Don’t forget the video.
- Pets. Bring a well-behaved pet to lift spirits and calm anxiety.
- Children. Bring grandchildren and great grandchildren. Equip them with conversational topics and school projects to share.
- Food. Prepare a few favorite dishes, some to eat together and some to freeze.
- Tenderness. The power of touch is amazing. Hug, hold hands, brush hair, give a light massage.
- Soft things. Give your loved one a colorful soft blanket, sweater, or shawl.
- Fragrant gifts. Try a fresh wreath or cinnamon pine cones.
Make the most of your visit with your loved one! Kim