New Year’s Eve is celebrated all over the world, and this holiday represents another fun day to engage in with your senior loved one. Although your loved one may not be up for a full-on party, he or she should still have the opportunity to celebrate the day. Consider planning one or several of these fun activities that are the perfect way for older adults to ring in the new year.
Enjoying a Theme Party
Your loved one has made it through quite a few decades. Ask which one was his or her favorite, and plan a party based on the era. Whether your loved one enjoyed the 60s the most or really misses the big hair of the 80s, you can typically find some fun supplies to bring the party to life. Make sure to play some music from the era, and consider putting together some fun costumes that consist of simple things such as hats and headbands to make it extra fun.
If your loved one needs help with grooming or other tasks to get ready for a party or other social events, consider hiring an in-home caregiver. Many older adults are choosing to age in place, and some need a helping hand to continue living at home safely and comfortably. Luckily, there is professional home care South Tampa seniors can trust and rely on.
Planning a New Year’s Brunch
If your loved one laughs at the idea of even trying to stay up until midnight, plan something special for earlier in the day. Turn noon into the new midnight by planning a special brunch for your loved one. You can take him or her out to eat or plan a fun menu at home. You can even throw in a New Year’s tradition such as eating 12 grapes when the clock strikes noon and doing a silly countdown.
Doing a Resolution Balloon Pop
Making New Year’s resolutions is a great way to start the year off on a positive note. During your loved one’s celebration, ask everyone who is present to write their resolutions on a slip of paper and put them into a balloon. After the balloons are all blown up, have each person take a random one and pop it to read what’s inside. Everyone will love hearing what others want to achieve this year, and hearing so many goals is inspirational to seniors who may need help boosting their mood.
Some seniors need encouragement to stick to their healthy resolutions. If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of at-home care. Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
Starting a New Hobby
A new year represents another chance to learn something new. Find out if there’s an interest your loved one has always wanted to explore, and set up an activity that helps him or her initiate the new hobby. Grab some planters, seeds, and soil if he or she has always wanted to garden. Alternatively, a journal is a great way to start a memoir. Beginning the year with a new hobby gives your loved one something to look forward to over the next few months.
Taking a Walk Down Memory Lane
You can’t begin the new year without also thinking about the past. Pull together some old photos of events from your loved one’s past, and ask him or her to talk to you about them. Try to remember to keep this activity positive by choosing photos you know are guaranteed to elicit a smile, such as a grandchild’s birthday or the day your loved one got a new pet.
Some family caregivers may not always be available to participate in activities with their loved ones. In South Tampa, respite care is a great help to many families. Caring for a senior loved one can be overwhelming at times, which puts family caregivers at risk for burnout. However, an in-home caregiver can take over your loved one’s care, allowing you the time you need to focus on your own health, maintain a full-time job, or care for other members of your family. Call Home Care Assistance today at (813) 488-5804 to find out how we can help.