The holiday season is a magical time of year. In all the busyness, it can be tough to do everything you have planned. Here are a few ideas for things to do when you visit your loved one at their Richfield assisted living center:
Eat a special meal
While it is important to follow the dietary guidelines laid out by your loved one’s doctor, enjoying a special meal with family and friends around the holiday can still be an enjoyable activity. Eating properly is essential to maintaining good health as you age. Contrary to popular belief, it is still possible to enjoy your food while making healthy choices. There are two possible routes to take when planning a special meal with your loved ones. Option A would be to cook a meal yourself. Finding healthy ways to reinvent an old favorite is a fun way to get everyone involved in the process. A meal you cook together is a great way to spend with your parents, and the result will be a delicious and healthy meal you can all enjoy. Option B is to dine out. Over the last decade there has been a rise in healthy eating options on the restaurant scene. It is easier than ever to find healthy and delicious options at a wide variety of restaurants!
Take a trip down memory lane
Visiting with your loved ones during the holidays is an excellent opportunity to spend time reminiscing about the past. This can be a great chance to organize your memories for future generations as well. For example, if you have boxes and boxes of photo albums, consider spending some time sorting through them for digitization! Nowadays it is easier than ever to transfer your physical photographs into the digital realm. Having digital backups of your photos is a great way to safeguard your memories from catastrophe. Furthermore, looking over pictures can help reinvigorate or strengthen the bond you share with your parents.
Sometimes a good conversation or story is all that is needed to ignite your nostalgia. Nostalgia often has a negative connotation, but it is in fact extremely healthy according to research that was reported in Psychology Today. Nostalgia has been shown to give those who experience it a more optimistic outlook for the future.
Let them choose an activity
When your parents live in an assisted living center, it can be easy to forget that they still have individual wants and needs. Don’t forget, residents of assisted living are people first and foremost. It is a sad fact of life, but many times family and friends can forget about their loved ones humanity. Ask them what they would like to do over the holidays. You may find that they have a whole list of things they would like to do, oftentimes consisting of things you never would have considered.
When the holiday season rolls around, don’t forget to visit your loved ones at their assisted living facility. This is the most special time of year for many people; don’t take it for granted!