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Page 4Senior Times - November 2018HELP LOVED ONES ENGAGE THIS HOLIDAY SEASONBy: Sherii Sherban, PublisherSeniors benefit as you spend time with them. Help them to feel included; it can bring such joy no matter how intentional or silly the fun might be. It all begins with including them in the activi- ties. Ask them to participate. Ask them to come to your home or event. Offer to go pick them up if needed. Offer to spend time at their home, even if it is at a facility. There is a lot that you can enjoy with them no matter where they live. Even if your loved ones have physical or cognitive limitations they can enjoy so much about the season.Senior-friendly holiday activity ideas abound whether you stay inside or head out- side for a bit of fresh air. Be creative. Plan your time with your loved one so your person- al task list doesn’t keep getting in the way of enjoying your time together.Activities for staying in.• Homemade ornaments are always fun.• Make a holiday wreath.• Decorate and fill stockings.• Decorate the house.• Work on a puzzle together.• Read together.• Play card games or board games.• Have a family movie night with popcorn, extrapillows, and warm blankets to cuddle under.• Bake cookies or try a gingerbread house.• Cook or prepare favorite holiday foods together.• Have a gift wrap party. Don’t worry if thingsaren’t perfectly wrapped, it’s the fun thatcounts!• Get your older adult’s help with holiday cards –writing, addressing, or sealing envelopes.• Prompt kids to ask about “the olden days” sothey can learn about their grandparent’s youth.• Get out the old photo albums and learn aboutthe people in the photos. (Parents you might want to take notes.)•• • • • •• •Watch a feel-good holiday movie or fun comedy in the theater.Take in a local play or musical.Go caroling.Make a snowman.Take them to volunteer somewhere.Take them to area senior centers and enjoy an activity together.Ask them about their youth as it relates to these activities. Pick up a notebook and write down their stories when you return.What might you enjoy? Modify it to make it interesting for others.Pace activities and modify as needed.• Sing holiday songs together.• Enjoy listening to your older adult’s favoritetunes.• Take a trip to Pinterest. Check out fun holidayactivities there and pick one.• Help them with holiday shopping online.Activities for going outside.• Stroll around the mall and admire the holiday decorations – go early to avoid the crowds.• Take a drive to enjoy decorations around your community.• Take a family walk around the neighborhood or through a local park.• Enjoy a delicious meal at a favorite restaurant.This is just a list to get you started. Encourage older adults to join in the holiday festivities whenever possible, but be careful not to overdo it. Older adults typically have less energy and stami- na, so be on the lookout for signs of fatigue and suggest frequent breaks or a mid-day nap. With a bit of creativity you can modify most activities to meet their energy level and abilities.Whether inside or out, a journal is a great idea. Look forward to when you hear the same story over and over. You can fill in the blanks froma previous telling. Ask them questions about itso they can expand in ways you haven’t heard before. Especially for the person with demen-tia, if the stories are not quite accurate it’s O.K. Don’t worry about correcting them at this point. If need be, let you children know the extra details that are necessary. Otherwise, just let it ride.Bottom line, spend time together this holiday season. Reduce frustrations by reducing expec- tations for perfection. Time could be an hour or it could be days. Find the time frame that meets their ability to participate.Plan time to just be with the older adult and let go of the list of tasks that are still yet to be done. Simply enjoy!GivingCaregiversPeace of MindMarian E. Burch Adult Day Care CenterProviding support Monday-Friday, 7am-4:30pm so you can keep your loved one in their own home environment as long as possible.• Care Conference meetings with Caregivers to discuss loved ones’ progress.• Transportation, Nutritious Meal, and snacks.• Variety of daily cognitive and physical activities, including music, art, and community out- ings.• Full-time nurse providing medication management and medical monitoring. Our nurse works closely with your primary care physician.• Full-time Certified Nurse Aides providing personal care including whirlpool baths, shaving and per- sonal care.• Pre-arranged Overnight Respite• Restorative Therapy available.• Full-service beauty shop and podiatry services available.• Serving adults 18 years and older Monday - Friday, 7am-4:30-pm• Financial assistance available to those who qualify.Marian E. Burch is a department of Calhoun County Medical Care Facility since 1983.1150 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014 (269) 962-1750 www.ccmcf.comBetter Jobs and Education Affordable Healthcare Trusted LeadershipPaid for by the Committee to Elect Jim Haadsma, 146 S. Lincoln Blvd., Battle Creek, MI 49015

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