‘Tis the season! The Christmas trees are decorated, the lights and stockings are up and the gifts are wrapped. Wondering how to make this Christmas extra merry for the elders in your life? Keep reading this article. Point 4 is worth noting so look out for it.
6 Things to Make Sure Your Senior Has a Merry Christmas
– Help Them Become a Santa for Their Grandkids.
One of the things that the elders hate is not being able to enjoy much with their grandkids. Sometimes the problem is the generation gap, and many times it is their advancing age and declining health.
Help them get over these problems. You can help your elders with shopping for gifts for their grandkids. You can take them to the market to shop or you can assist them in using shopping sites on their phones to buy the gifts.
Also, you can arrange a Christmas party and make the elders wear a cool Santa Claus costume. The kids will love it but the elder himself/herself will have a lot of fun. After all, it will allow them to forget their advancing age and diseases, and will bring out the child within.
Such fun activities are not only great for the elder’s soul but may also help to improve their immunity and overall health. The reason being that our emotional state has a direct connection with our physical health.
– Don’t Let Them Feel Lonely.
One of the problems that come with old age is that we start losing friends and family. Children might go away for their education and new families.
In such a situation, an elder feels lonely at times. Having an occasion like Christmas to celebrate without your family around is another rotten cherry on top.
The solution is to spend more time with them. This Christmas, be physically present with your elders. You can make them food. You can watch an old movie with them. Or better – Why not combine these two?
You can help them connect with their old friends and family who live far away, on video calls.
Play indoor games with them. For instance, you can play chess, carrom, ludo, snakes and ladders, monopoly, or scrabble. Something that is not difficult for them according to their age and health condition. But also challenging enough to help them have fun.
Another great idea is to order a Christmas tree and decorate it with them.
– Gift Them Hobby Tools – Become a Santa to Them.
Does your elder love to read? Do they love to write or paint or maybe sing? Buy them tools for their hobbies. These can be books or a kindle for reading, a journal and a cool fountain pen for writing, a paint and brush set for painting, or a karaoke set for singing.
Whatever their hobby, give them the right tools required. Practicing their hobbies helps to grow more brain cells. This will help the elder not only to enjoy life better but also improve their health.
– Gift Your Elder the Emoha Empower Plan
Yes, we are not yet done with gift ideas for your elders this Christmas. One of the best gifts to gift them the Emoha Empower Membership plan.
The benefits of the Emoha Empower plan are:
- Proper coordination with family members, in case of emergencies.
- Availability of a 24/7 care & coordination center for support in emergencies.
- Regular phone call by Emoha Daughter to check on the safety of the elder.
- Arrangement of daily needs – grocery, medicines, etc.
- Assistance in finding cook, nanny, house help, driver, etc. from verified sources.
- Celebrate special occasions with Emoha Daughter and friends.
- Support from Emoha Companion, who will visit you once a month.
– Introduce the Concept of Naturopathy in Their Life.
In the modern world, many of us have disregarded the ways nature can improve our health. As elders try to fit in this world, there’s a possibility they too don’t have many natural habits helping their health overall.
So, this Christmas, while you spend more time with your elder, introduce them to naturopathy. If natural healing is already a part of their life, you can encourage them to increase the dose.
Make them spend more time under the sun, take their vitamins, and have relaxing baths with essential oil therapy.
Help them practice yoga, meditation, and move their body. Or better, enrol them in a yoga, meditation, or laughter therapy class.
If a caregiver is in charge of their meals, ask the caregiver to introduce more veggies and unprocessed foods in the elder’s meals. You can also ask them to include healthier spices like turmeric and garlic in the food.
Imagine your little effort in incorporating more natural healing methods in your elder’s life can make them ten times healthier till the next Christmas. Why miss such an opportunity?
– Help Them Decide on a New Year’s Resolution
The new year is around the corner, and just like each of us, elders too should be making new year’s resolutions to lead a happier and better life.
Since many elders are a bit cut off from the world, they might not be able to think of many resolution options or maybe even the idea of it. So, you, on a Christmas day, should talk about this with them and help them decide on a resolution to improve one aspect of their life and cherish it much more.
– Parting Thoughts
Those were six ways through which you can make this Christmas much merrier for your elder.
Choose one or all of these to enhance your elder’s day!