Including a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s in New Year’s Eve festivities does not have to be challenging. Omaha Alzheimer’s care experts suggest incorporating some of these 4 activities into an evening of fun with your loved one.
1. Make Foods from Around the World
Planning an international buffet for New Year’s Eve can be lots of fun. Think about countries your loved one might be interested in and find out what is eaten there on New Year’s Eve. Make sure to include your loved one while cooking the traditional recipes.
2. Celebrate a Different Decade
The top songs from different decades can be easily downloaded. Play the songs one at a time, then have each person write down the decade the song was first released. The person who makes the most correct guesses wins a prize. Ask each family member, including your loved one, to choose a different decade and make a party hat to represent the decade. Share their creations, ask everyone to talk about why the chosen decade is their favorite, and play songs from the decade.
3. Play the Resolution Game
Encourage your loved one and the rest of the guests to think of two resolutions they would like to keep during the coming year. Write them down on index cards, then put all the cards in a basket. Draw one and read it. Each person should then write down who they think wrote the resolution. At the end of the game, give a prize to the person who made the most correct guesses.
4. Create a Scrapbook for the Year
Think of all the important events that have happened in your family during the last year. Ask your senior loved one to help create a scrapbook of those events. You can include pictures of the event or have someone draw the event. Ask your loved one to write a blurb about why the event was important.
There are many different ways families can include a senior loved one who has Alzheimer’s on New Year’s Eve. For more ideas on keeping your loved -one active and involved in family events, reach out to Home Care Assistance. If you need support to take care of your loved one, consider hiring professional in-home care Omaha families can rely on. We provide live-in and respite care, and our staff is also trained in the Cognitive Therapeutics Method, an activities-based program designed to delay cognitive decline. Call (402) 763-9140 to speak with a Care Manager about flexible options for in-home care and schedule a no-obligation consultation.