Senior-Friendly Thanksgiving Activities

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 Thanksgiving, for some, is the time for friends and family toget together. Sometimes mobility and physical limitations get in the way andmakes things more challenging for the older loved ones in your life whencelebrating holidays. But, limitations should not stop you from including thethem in holiday activities as it helps keep them engaged with family andfriends and combat feelings of isolation.

1. Decorate the Home
This is a family favorite activity! Grab some lights, wreaths, and pumpkins andgo to town. This activity enhances seniors’ cognitive skills and tap into theircreative side. You can even ask them to bring out their favorite decoration ortwo they have and hang them up.

2. Host Thanksgiving
This gives seniors the time to bond with friends and family they haven’t seenin a while. Is there a new recipe an older loved ones wants to try? Have themtry it! Great bonding activity and a mood enhancer.

3. Thanksgiving BINGO
Playing games helps seniors work on their memory. BINGO is a great game to promotethat. You can find printable Thanksgiving BINGO cards here.

4. Thanksgiving Themed Word Puzzles
Brain buster games like word searches and crosswords help cognitive memory.Involve these this holiday season and have the whole family work on ittogether!

5. Gratitude Crafts
Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate all the things and people you’re thankfulfor. Take time to plan doing a craft expressing gratitude. Whether its creatinga Thankful Tree or a Gratitude Garland, it’ll give everyone timeto reflect on what they’re thankful for this holiday.

6. Grandparent Pumpkin Decorating
This craft is a great way for grandchildren to connect. Painting pumpkins isoften easier than carving for both the young and old and is a creative way toshow off those artistic skills!

Isolation during the holiday season can increase the feeling ofloneliness in seniors. Make sure to spend time with your senior loved ones andmake sure they know how much they’re loved and how important they are to us.