Thanksgiving is all about gratitude and enjoying the company of others. It is the perfect day to spend time with older relatives or friends. Assisted living communities can also see it as an opportunity to organize Thanksgiving activities for seniors.
This post covers different Thanksgiving activities seniors can try to get into the holiday spirit.
Thanksgiving Activities for Seniors
Holiday Baking Contest
Thanksgiving would not be complete without good food! The holiday meal can be ideal for helping seniors bond and enjoy each other’s company. A baking contest could also be a fun activity for seniors who have kitchens and are interested in cooking. Other residents can be the judges, which could be a nice way to add excitement to the holiday.
Watch a Parade
Many communities have holiday parades. Even if there isn’t one near your facility, there are options on TV. You can gather the residents in your activity hall and have them watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s a way to let them experience Thanksgiving with all its sights and sounds. You could have snacks and drinks while the seniors discuss the different floats.
Create Holiday Cards
Seniors could create holiday cards to thank everyone who comes to see them over the holidays. This activity requires reflection and, at the same time, cultivating a sense of gratitude. The seniors can make and design their stationaries to keep their hands busy as well. This activity can give positive vibes and contribute to better mental health.
Decorating The Facility
Decorating the facility for Thanksgiving can build excitement and boost creativity. Distribute wreaths, flowers, lights, and other Thanksgiving-themed decorations. You could also have the seniors make decorations. When you’re done, the space will feel more festive, and the seniors can take pride in their work.
Have a Gratitude Tree
In addition to writing Thanksgiving cards, you can set up a Gratitude Tree. It is a place where they can hang notes expressing what they are thankful for. On Thanksgiving Day, you can gather all of them and let them share their notes. This activity may be simple, but it is a great exercise to cultivate gratefulness. It can improve their mood and help them have a positive perspective on life.
Volunteering can boost a senior’s sense of purpose during the holidays. Helping others can also increase a person’s self-esteem. Senior care facilities could find a range of local volunteering opportunities.
There are many fun ways to experience Thanksgiving Day with seniors. Beyond having a good meal, Thanksgiving activities can enrich their lives and make the day more meaningful.
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