Before being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, your senior loved one probably celebrated New Year’s Eve with family and friends. By choosing the appropriate New Year’s Eve activities, you can still include your loved one in the family festivities. Lincoln Alzheimer’s care professionals suggest 5 activities to involve your loved one in the fun.
1. Make New Year’s Resolutions
Help your loved one create a list of resolutions he or she might make in the New Year. Your loved one could commit to participating in certain activities on a routine basis, such as spending time with family at least once every week.
2. Reminisce About Past Family Events
Break out the photo albums and talk about ways the family celebrated New Year’s Eve or other family gatherings in the past. Allow your loved one to share favorite memories. Discuss highlights of events that occurred over the past year.
3. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Encourage your loved one to participate in a New Year’s Eve scavenger hunt and gather the items needed for the activity. Include your loved in a shopping excursion to purchase the desired items. Your loved one can also join others for the hunt to locate items hidden around the home.
4. Create Festive Crafts
Gather your loved one and other family members and create crafts as part of the holiday celebration. Together they can make crafts such as simple table placeholders with pretzels and colorful ribbons and signs using water-based paints and glitter.
5. Change the Countdown
If your loved one is not awake during the traditional countdown to midnight, consider changing the anticipation and celebration time. Have a New Year’s Day morning party or hold a special event by counting down to the first noon on New Year’s Day. Wear festive hats, blow party horns, and enjoy a variety of games and holiday foods.
If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and you would like him or her to continue living as independently as possible, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We provide professional in-home care Lincoln families can rely on. Additionally, our staff is trained in the Cognitive Therapeutics Method, an activities-based program designed for seniors with Alzheimer’s that helps delay cognitive decline. Call (402) 261-5158 to speak with a Care Manager about our flexible senior care options and schedule a no-obligation consultation.