Fun Thanksgiving Activities for Seniors in Assisted Living
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, there is no better time to start planning for some fun and festive Thanksgiving-themed activities. There is no better way to get in the Thanksgiving spirit than with a few planned activities, especially for seniors who are living in nursing homes or assisted living communities.
If you are looking for some inspiration or some fun activities to try this Thanksgiving season, take a look at these easy, fun and enjoyable activities that can bring some warmth, happiness and a sense of gratitude to any senior’s life during the Thanksgiving season.
Make Thanksgiving Cooking a Competition
Every family has their own traditions when it comes to the food they enjoy the recipes they make on Thanksgiving. Easily bring these recipes and traditions to a whole new audience of friends with a friendly Thanksgiving cooking competition. Seniors can reminisce about their favorite recipes, get back into the swing of things when it comes to cooking and baking and share their favorite foods with others.
It is also a fun way to taste the creations and concoctions of others, too! It is a great way to share and make fun memories around this holiday.
A Gratitude Tree
While it can be easy to think that Thanksgiving is all about turkey, treats and lazy football Sundays—what this holiday is really about is being thankful for what and who you have in your life. It can be easy for any person to forget about all of the things that they have to be grateful for around this time of year. This is where a gratitude tree comes in!
This is a great activity both in home and in an assisted living community or nursing home setting. All you need to do is write down what you are grateful or thankful for and hang them up on a tree, poster or bulletin board for others to see.
Write Thank You Notes To Friends and Family
Since Thanksgiving is all about being grateful and appreciative not only for the things that you have, but the people you have in your life as well. A great way to do this is to write thank you letters to the people that matter most. Seniors can do all of their thank you notes at once, or they can write notes throughout the month to simply tell the people in their lives how much they care.
These notes can be simple, sincere and heartfelt and will not only brighten up the days of others but will help the person writing look back fondly on some wonderful memories.
There is no denying that Bingo is a great game for seniors, and you can enjoy a fun twist on the classic game around Thanksgiving. Instead of using normal numbers on the Bingo card, try Thanksgiving-themed cards that have holiday images on them instead of numbers.
Thanksgiving Bingo isn’t only fun, but it can help with short-term memory, long-term memory and even critical thinking skills. This is why Bingo is so great and now it can help anyone get in the mood for Thanksgiving as well.
Try Some New Recipes
While cooking old recipes from the past is sure to bring a sense of nostalgia to the holiday season, Thanksgiving is also a great time to try some new recipes as well. There is no better time than the present for seniors to try something new and to expand their horizons—and a great way to do that during this time of year is to try some new recipes out. This can be a fun afternoon activity or seniors can get together with the whole family on Thanksgiving day.
Organize Family Photos
The fall is a great time to get together for family photos. If you want to really make this Thanksgiving one to remember, then getting together and organizing a family photo is a great option. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, and seniors will undoubtedly love having some beautiful, professional family photos that they can love and cherish.
Relax and Do Some Puzzles
Puzzles are a great post-Thanksgiving meal activity and a fun thing to do all month long as you get ready for the big day. Buy some Thanksgiving-themed puzzles so seniors can enjoy casually putting them together on their free time. This is a fun way for any senior to spend their afternoons in assisted living while getting ready for Thanksgiving.
Putting puzzles together also encourages critical thinking skills, problem solving and helps seniors with their fine motor skills as well. This is a great relaxing activity to enjoy during the chaos of the holiday season.
Get Creative With Arts and Crafts
Arts and crafts are great activities for seniors. They can help with fine motor skills and help seniors get their creative side of the brain working. This can even be a fun way for seniors to spend time with their grandchildren.
Whether seniors want to make decorative wreaths or garlands for their room or the assisted living community, or if they want to make decorations for someone special—there are a lot of different turkey and fall-themed ways to decorate for Thanksgiving.
Seniors can also help make decorations for the big day by creating fun and festive place cards for everyone who will be attending their Thanksgiving celebrations. Place cards can be as simple or as elaborate as seniors want and it is a great way for seniors to feel like they have helped or contributed to the big meal.
There is no wrong way to celebrate Thanksgiving and no end to the different ways that seniors living in their house, assisted living communities or nursing homes. It is all about appreciating the time of year and being grateful for what you have in front of you.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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