Even though seniors have likely participated in many New Year’s Eve celebrations throughout their lifetimes, such events don’t have to be routine. Here are some unique activities that can make your senior loved one’s New Year’s Eve memorable.
Creating a Commitment Contract
On New Year’s Eve, seniors should spend time with their families, view photos, and reminisce about the highlights of their year. Before the night ends, have your loved one create a signed commitment list featuring activities he or she promises to do throughout the New Year like dinner with you once a week. When seniors and their families have a signed document to spend more time together in the New Year, it’ll make them more apt to follow through on their commitment. It can also give your loved one hope and something to look forward to in the New Year.
Switching Out the Countdown
Many seniors won’t be able to stay up to ring in the New Year at midnight, but they still want to be a part of all of the excitement. Throw a morning New Year’s Eve party for your loved one and his or her best friends. At this party, play games like Musical Recliners or Chocolate Bingo with candy as the prize. The twist to this New Year’s Eve celebration is seniors put on their whimsical party hats and countdown the New Year at noon instead of midnight.
Going on a Scavenger Hunt
Get your loved one moving and his or her brain active on New Year’s Eve with a fun scavenger hunt that will make him or her feel included, not just invited, to the celebration. Make sure items for this scavenger hunt relate to the holiday like party hats, noisemakers, and plastic champagne glasses. Your loved one can proudly use what items he or she found to celebrate and ring in the New Year with friends and family.
Making a New Year’s Eve craft project is a fun activity for seniors who have more independent abilities. Your loved one can make pretty signs from paper and glitter, or he or she can use pretzels and ribbon to make a New Year’s Eve wreath for each person coming to the celebration. For seniors receiving dementia or Alzheimer’s care in Philadelphia, loving guidance will be needed to help them create their New Year’s Eve crafts.
Once New Year’s Eve has been celebrated, consider your loved one’s care needs for the future. If he or she needs companionship or assistance with daily tasks, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our part-time and live-in caregivers are available 24/7 to help promote your loved one’s quality of life. For more information on home care Philadelphia families trust, call one of our friendly Care Managers at (215) 645-4663 to schedule a free in-home consultation.