The Baird Nursing Home in Irondequoit is encouraging the community to find activities that are fun and relaxing for all ages this holiday season, especially those that can be enjoyed with senior loved ones.
Holiday crafts and cookies are loved by all. Seniors and their families can build gingerbread houses, frost and decorate cookies and cakes, and taste various sweets. The baking aromas stimulate memories and a sense of involvement. If able, seniors can sit in the kitchen during baking times and/or assist.
Technology increases seniors’ options for holiday entertainment. These include festive movies, holiday songs, and game boards and video games. Seniors and their families can go for a drive to see decorated houses and lights, weather permitting, and churches offer accessible entrances, seating and listening accommodations at their holiday programs.
If able, seniors can help choose and wrap gifts, and set up the decorations. Cutting snowflakes and making cards is a fun activity for grandparents and grandchildren. Placing stamps on cards and opening cards can serve as dexterity exercises.
“The holidays are a wonderful, but fast moving time of the year,” said Kristina Lotz, activities director at the Baird Nursing Home. “Make sure to spend time with loved ones and include them in activities, utilizing their abilities. Finding an activity that is fun for all ages can give you some special memories and a tradition for years to come.”