Senior Care Tips: Creating a Family Activity Advent Calendar

Senior Care in Greece, NY


An advent calendar is a treasured tradition for many families during the holiday season, and this year you can use this daily reminder of the joy of the holidays to encourage you to get more fun, bonding, and activity into your senior care journey with your parents. Traditional advent calendars feature a festive holiday image or a piece of chocolate behind the windows for each day of December. This season, take this concept and change it up a bit by putting ideas for family activities behind the windows of your advent calendar.

The winter season is colder and darker than any other season of the year, and it also tends to be busier and more stressful. This means that you may have trouble getting as much activity as quality time into your senior care efforts during this season as you would like to. Making a daily activity part of your seasonal celebrations ensures that you take the time out on a daily basis to reconnect with your aging parents and even your children and partner, to make memories and keep your parents’ holiday spirits, and mental and emotional health, high.

Simply write down ideas for family activities on slips of paper and put them behind the doors of your advent calendar so that each day you and your parents, or them and their senior health care services provider, can enjoy something fun, memorable, and meaningful for the holiday season.

Let these ideas inspire you to come up with your own ideas for enjoying more family time this holiday season with a family activity advent calendar:

• Christmas lights tour. Even if your senior parents are not able to put up a large Christmas lights display, or are not the type of people who love to add a lot of flash to their home, you can still get out and enjoy the fun and silliness of Christmas lights by heading out on a “tacky” lights tour. Many areas have maps posted online that show the houses with the most elaborate lights so that you can drive around and admire them.

• Christmas movie marathon. Get the entire family together for an evening of your favorite Christmas movies. Cuddle up in your pajamas, enjoy some seasonal snacks, and watch those movies that give you the warm and fuzzy holiday feelings you love at this time of year.

• Cookie baking. For many families, the holiday season does not really start until the kitchen is full of Christmas cookies. Spend an afternoon making your favorite recipes, or bake up a batch or two of simple sugar cookies and have fun decorating with icing, sprinkles, sanding sugar, and candies for festive personalized cookies.

• Paper gingerbread men. A fantastic craft for your aging parents to do with your children for some multigenerational memory making, paper gingerbread men offer the cuteness of the treats but in a way that you can preserve for years to come. Print a template from the internet and use it to cut gingerbread man shapes from brown paper, and then encourage everyone to use glue, colored paper, glitter, confetti, pom poms, and other embellishments to give their “cookies” their own personalities.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Greece, NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and surrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.