The holidays are a time of great joy and happiness, and it should be no different for senior citizens. It’s important for seniors to find ways to stay entertained and active, while enjoying together with family and friends. We’ve put together a list of fun activities that are sure to entertain seniors this holiday season. Our list of activities can be adapted to suit a variety of health conditions, so you can select the ones that are right for your senior loved one.
Have a Senior Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt can be a fun way to engage Senior citizens in physical activity without it being too vigorous. To make it safe, have the scavenger hunt in an area where there is little to no traffic and set time limits for each task. Some fun examples of tasks are: take a picture with an animal, find something that starts with the letter B, find someone wearing a santa hat, and give a high-five to a stranger. Be sure to have a prize for the winner! Snacks and drinks are always a good incentive. This is a great way to get people up and moving while also having some fun. And who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt?
Play Outdoor Lawn Games
If you have enough space outside, lawn games are some of the most loved and entertaining holiday activities for seniors. Horseshoes and cornholes are perfect for those who want to stay active, and they’re also great for getting everyone involved in the holiday fun. So go ahead and invite your seniors over for a game or two. They’ll be sure to appreciate the chance to stay connected with their friends and family.
Organize an Arts & Crafts Night
Gather some supplies like construction paper, markers, crayons, glue sticks, and other materials that you can use to create some festive decorations or cards that can be sent to friends who do not live near you. This activity encourages creativity while also connecting people through thoughtful gifts they make themselves.
There are a variety of arts and crafts you can do to make the holidays more memorable. One idea is to decorate the house with homemade decorations. paper turkeys, christmas ornaments, Pilgrims hats, and decorative candy canes are just a few of the many possibilities. You can also get creative in the kitchen, making traditional dishes like pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce from scratch and adding the holiday crafts to them. Whatever you choose to do, making arts and crafts this season is a great way to add a personal touch.
Take a Holiday Hike
One great way to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather is to go for a hike together. Hiking is a low-impact activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities, making it ideal for spending time with a senior loved one. When choosing a hike, look for trails that are well-maintained and not too steep. And be sure to bring plenty of snacks and water to keep everyone comfortable along the way. With a little planning, you can enjoy a wonderful day out in nature together.
Go Out To See Christmas Lights
What could be more festive than taking your senior loved one out to see Christmas lights? This is a great activity for getting into the holiday spirit, and it’s also a wonderful opportunity to spend some quality time together. While you’re out, be sure to take photos together while you admire all of the beautiful displays and take some time to chat with your loved one about their favorite memories.
Cook Holidays Dinners Together
If you’re looking for a fun way to spend some quality time with your senior loved one, why not cook the holiday dinners together? Even if you’re not the world’s best chef, spending time in the kitchen can be fun, especially when you’re sharing laughter and memories. Plus, cooking together gives you a chance to catch up on what’s been going on in each other’s lives. So whether you’re roasting the turkey or whipping up some mashed potatoes, take some time to enjoy each other’s company season.
Host a Virtual Potluck:
Who doesn’t love a good potluck? A time to come together with friends, family, or co-workers and share in the joy of good food. But what do you do when you can’t be together in person? You host a virtual potluck! These days, there are plenty of ways to connect online, whether it’s via Skype, Google Meet, Zoom, or even Facebook. And there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a potluck dinner party through one of these platforms. Simply create a group for your potluck and send out invitations. Then, each person can prepare their favorite dish and log on at the appointed time. You can even set up a virtual ” buffet line” where everyone can take turns showing off their culinary creations. Give it a try – a virtual potluck is a great way to stay connected with loved ones near and far.
Create a holiday Scrapbook
A holidays scrapbook is a wonderful way to preserve memories. Start by gathering photographs, mementos, and other items that capture the spirit of the season. Then, create a page for each year, starting with the most recent. Include a photo of the thanksgiving turkey, family members gathered around the table, and any special moments that stand out in your mind. As you look through old scrapbooks, you’ll be thankful for the memories that have been preserved. And as new memories are made, you’ll be able to add them to your scrapbook, creating a cherished keepsake that will be enjoyed for years to come.
Host a Classic Movie Marathon
What better way to spend the holidays as seniors than a classic movie marathon? There are so many classics to choose from, and it can be fun to mix and match genres. For a truly nostalgic experience, start with black-and-white favorites like “Casablanca” or “The Third Man.” Or, for something lighter, try comedies like “Some Like It Hot” or “The Awful Truth.” If you’re in the mood for a tearjerker, consider “Gone with the Wind” or “From Here to Eternity.” And of course, no movie marathon would be complete without a few classics from the golden age of Hollywood, such as “Sunset Boulevard” or “The Philadelphia Story.” So pop some popcorn, grab a blanket, and settle in for a fun-filled day of classic cinema.
Join a Virtual Game Night:
Technology has opened up many more holiday activities for seniors and there are many options to choose from. Gather around the virtual table with family members near and far for lively game night competition! Websites like Board Game Arena allow you to play games together with folks all around the world. This particular website also has the option to invite specific people, so you can enjoy a game with your own family and friends. Make it even more fun by logging in on a video call with Google Meet, Zoom, Skype or another platform of your choice.
What are Your Favorite Holiday Activities for Seniors?
The list goes on and there are many things you can do during the holidays with your loved ones. The bottom line is, this season is great for spending time with those we love most—no matter our age or situation in life. These few ideas give senior citizens the chance to get out of their homes safely and enjoy meaningful moments with family members this holiday season. From scavenger hunts to outdoor games, there’s something here for everyone that will make this time truly special!
There may be times when you are not able to be together with your loved ones during the festive season. Here at Genuine Global Care, we provide support to seniors so they never have to feel alone. Are you looking for a companion to spend the holidays with your senior loved one? Contact us today. We look forward to sharing their holiday memories and making sure they have a wonderful time during this beautiful season.