Home Care in Greenwich CT
We all know Thanksgiving is a time to get together and celebrate all the things and people we appreciate in our lives. It's a time for reflection and consideration. To pause and reconnect with those values we cherish most. In this way, Thanksgiving is also the perfect holiday to celebrate our elders.
The activities featured here are designed to bring us closer to our loved ones. To remember all the wonderful things those before us accomplished so that we could be here today. They also make great memory care games!
The Thankfulness Tree
Christmas may be the holiday most associated with fancy trees, but vintage blogger Emily Rose has shared a kind take on giving thanks using a special tree. Her tree isn't expensive. In fact, it can be put together using ordinary sticks and an unassuming vase.
The more humble the “tree”, the more the stars of the show can stand out. Said stars are actually notes that family members hang from the branches. Each note contains a person or event that the writer is thankful for this year.
This tree makes a great decoration for the entire holiday season. For Thanksgiving, it makes an outstanding family activity either before or after the feast. Place it somewhere convenient with pens, paper, and yarn (or other hangers). Have guests write down their gratitude and hang it from the tree. Later, everyone can gather around and read off all the great things we're thankful for. (Don't forget to include your favorite senior care professionals in your notes!)
Generation Bridge Scavenger Hunt
Most kids enjoy a good scavenger hunt. In fact, this activity is often listed as a favorite for grandchildren to spend time with their elders. It's a great opportunity for both kids and grandparents to get out in the fresh air and appreciate the natural world. It's also a good time for seniors to relay their most cherished memories of the neighborhood.
Turning a scavenger hunt into a trip down memory lane is easy. For your list of things to gather, try using meaningful items: A leaf from the tree grandpa planted years ago. A stone from grandmas garden. A feather from the birdhouse dad and his father built. Older family members can use these simple objects to recall these warm memories and share them with a brand new generation.
If outdoor activities aren't in the cards, an indoor scavenger hunt also works! Use mementos around the house as items to collect. Have participants gather everything on a table. Once everything is found, the family can sit together and remember why those items are so important. A fun and easy way to share our treasured memories together!
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Greenwich, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.