The holidays are a special time for everyone, young and old. However, it can also be a bittersweet time for aging loved ones who remember spouses or friends who are no longer here, or who can no longer get around to celebrate the season. To ensure that your aging parents, grandparents and loved ones feel included this holiday season, check out the following senior and family-friendly activities from Home Care Assistance of Fort Myers.
Light Up the Night
Every town has “the neighborhood” with the best lights and decorations. Bundle up your elderly parent or loved one and find the best lights, look for manger scenes, or find the best Santa displays. Don’t forget to include the children in this activity for an evening of family-filled fun. When you come home, turn on the Christmas tree lights, put on a CD of carols, and serve hot chocolate or a favorite tea.
Help Them Give Back
During the holidays, there are ample opportunities for volunteering. From charities that need help with food drives to local churches or organizations who are interested in donations for families in need, there are many ways for seniors and their families to give back. Volunteering not only benefits others, but can help promote feelings of self-esteem, independence and joy as they are able to help others. Volunteering is also often a social event which can prevent your loved one from feeling alone or isolated during the holidays.
Find a Holiday Show or Event
Many communities have a tree lighting celebration, cantatas, or holiday themed plays and parades that are great for seniors and aging adults. The fun atmosphere can help your loved one get in the holiday spirit. Check out the following events happening in Fort Myers and ask your loved one if they would like to attend. If you can’t make an event, don’t hesitate to ask a professional Fort Myers caregiver to accompany your parent or grandparent!
The Tenors Christmas Show
The Tenors’ unique blend of classical music and contemporary pop is something that is sure to please audiences during their holiday performance. The show will take place December 14th at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, but get your tickets fast before they sell out!
The Off Broadway Palm Theatre in Fort Myers is showcasing the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, now through December 23rd. The show is $18 per person and the enthusiastic child performers are sure to bring a smile to your loved one’s face. Get your tickets by visiting their official website here.
The Christmas Spectacular
From December 17th through the 21st, a cast of children, adults and the very special Santa Claus will be performing some of the season’s favorite holiday songs at the Cultural Park Theatre. And seniors even enjoy discounted ticket rates.
Surround your elderly loved ones with love this holiday season, so they can enjoy this joyous time of year. For more information about senior care or companionship care for a senior adult in your life, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Fort Myers today at 239-449-4701 and speak with a friendly Care Manager.