Happy Thanksgiving! With our favorite fall holiday just around the corner, we thought we would share some great ways you can celebrate with your family and senior loved ones.
Put forth a family effort
For many people, one of the biggest parts of Thanksgiving is the cooking and preparation. If that was your parent’s favorite job, let them take charge! While they may need a hand when it comes down to certain tasks, they will appreciate being the host or hostess and will enjoy the independence. You and the family can stand by if Mom or Dad needs any assistance.
Enjoy a holiday movie
A Thanksgiving tradition for many families is gathering around the TV set to watch football or a classic holiday movie. Play an old favorite or see what new is being offered on television!
What are you thankful for?
You may have done this age old Thanksgiving activity even when you were a child… but it is worth repeating every year. Gather the family around and ask each member what they are most thankful for. The responses you get may range from cute to silly to thoroughly sentimental, but they will all leave a smile on you and your loved ones’ faces.
Look at old family photos
What better way to celebrate what you’re thankful for than by reflecting on your family’s greatest moments? Take a walk down memory lane by inviting family members to look through family photo albums. Whether you find old faces you haven’t seen in a while, or hilarious moments you’ll never forget, these photos can make the holiday feel all the more warm and cozy.
Make Thanksgiving crafts
For a fun and easy activity, encourage your family to make their own Thanksgiving crafts! Make turkey feathers with your fingers or create holiday cards to send out to friends and family—whatever you’d like!
Lend a hand
Of course, one of the most rewarding activities you can do on Thanksgiving is giving back to the community. There is a large variety of ways you can do this, and most of them are low impact and easy to do—so everyone can get involved! You can assemble homemade Thanksgiving food baskets, work at a local soup kitchen or food bank, or spend the day with people less fortunate. You’ll be instilling valuable insights into your family’s minds, while also making everyone’s day a little bit better. Check with your church or local community organization to see where you can help!
Pay your parent a visit
Finally, if Mom or Dad can’t make it home this Thanksgiving… pay them a visit! A surprise visit to your senior loved one’s home or assisted living facility is a great way to show your love for them. Bring the whole family along and spend the day enjoying each other’s company. If Mom or Dad lives in an assisted living facility, there’s probably a Thanksgiving function going on, so you’ll still be able to enjoy a great dinner with family.
We hope that the above list helps you find new ways to celebrate with family. Happy Thanksgiving from us at County Health Care Guide!