Ringing in another year is something people of all ages can do in one way or another. Luckily, there’s no shortage of activities an aging adult can enjoy this New Year’s Eve (NYE). Below we offer some appropriate, fun, and festive suggestions that also offer additional mental and physical benefits for older adults.
Making New Year’s Crafts
If your aging parent prefers more low-key activities, consider craft projects. One suggestion is to make fun New Year’s necklaces with yarn and items related to NYE, such as paper clocks, hats, and noisemakers. A hole punch can be used to make room for the string to go through the paper. You can even hand out your loved one’s necklaces to other family members and friends to wear for the night. Regardless of what kind of NYE-themed craft project you and your parent decide on, activities of this nature can help with:
• Brain health
• Dexterity and fine motor skills
• Socialization and interaction
A professional caregiver can help your parent prepare for the holiday celebrations. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Austin Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks.
Planning a Scavenger Hunt
A fun way to boost your loved one’s thinking skills while helping with mobility and coordination is to plan a New Year’s Eve scavenger hunt. Depending on the weather, it can involve a search for objects inside and outside your loved one’s home. Champagne glasses, streamers, and calendars for the upcoming year are just some of the items that could be on a NYE scavenger hunt list.
Dancing in the New Year
If your parent has slight memory or mobility issues, consider planning a New Year’s Eve dance tailored to his or her capabilities. Go even further and play music from your loved one’s preferred decade to trigger fond memories. Keep things safe by clearing the area of any potential fall hazards. Even if your loved one can’t dance too much, he or she can still work on coordination by swaying to the music, or your parent can simply sing along with the tunes.
Playing the “Happy New Year” Match Game
This is a fun New Year’s Eve game that could boost mental alertness and memory. It’s played by looking up different ways to say “Happy New Year” in various languages and practicing how to say each one. Your loved one, friends, and family members then guess which country each variation of the phrase is from.
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Having an Early New Year’s Eve Party
You don’t have to insist on your parent staying up until midnight if he or she prefers to get to bed much earlier, but that doesn’t mean your loved one has to miss out on the festivities. What you can do is plan an earlier NYE party that includes friends your loved one’s age and maybe even younger grandchildren who normally don’t stay up until midnight either. Doing so allows your loved one to:
• Socialize with family members and friends
• Stick to a normal routine
• Enjoy a NYE activity that’s tailored to his or her personal preferences
Attending a Local NYE Event
Another way to help your loved one socialize and minimize issues with depression and boredom is to take him or her to a local New Year’s Eve festival or community event. Activities like these tend to include food, games, music, holiday lights, and other seasonal delights. They also tend to wrap things up reasonably early at these types of events, so your parent should still be able to get back home in time to get to bed when he or she normally does.
Aging adults can enjoy a high quality of life throughout the year with the help of a professional caregiver. Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional senior home care. Austin, TX, Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life. Call us at (512) 623-7800 today to talk to one of our compassionate Care Managers about our high-quality home care services.