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Including seniors during the holidays

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During the holiday season it may not be easy to involve seniors in the holiday bustle. Although it may be easier for family members to tell a loved one to sit back and let everything be done for him or her, it may not be psychologically easy for the senior.

This could be especially true when the senior has physical challenges but making an effort for inclusion can provide tremendous joy to your loved one.

How may someone include a loved one without asking them to do something beyond their ability?

  • Involve them in planning the holiday menu; consider providing options then ask for input.
  • Ask them to select a favorite holiday recipe then offer to prepare on their behalf.
  • Depending on the location of the party, ask if they could choose a table centerpiece from their own beloved collection. The contribution could involve dinnerware, silverware, table linens, etc.
  • Ask them to help fold the table napkins or pick out the festive napkin rings to be used.
  • Ask them to bring a favorite holiday photo or be prepared to share his/her favorite holiday story.
  • Have them help pick the family Christmas card
  • If living with a loved one have them help supervise the decoration placement or tree decorating, etc. depending on their abilities.

Being included and needed is what every individual wants; young or old. Consider these tips and other insight from these video links to involve your loved ones during the holiday season and all year long.

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