The best part of the year to connect or reconnect with our loved ones and close friends is the holiday season that starts when the end of the year approaches. Because of that, we are going to talk about Thanksgiving Day activities for older adults that can help them create everlasting memories.
Seniors are the age group which is most prone to loneliness, and maintaining relationships within family and friends is crucial for their well-being. Entertaining our elderly loved ones with Thanksgiving activities that bond the entire family together is the best way to form lasting relationships.
What’s best is that there are activities that will help you create bonds within the family but will also be interesting for all participants. If you chose the right ones, both the eldest and youngest family members will have a chance to enjoy themselves thoroughly.
Cooking is one of the best activities you can do with your elderly loved one. Thanksgiving Day revolves around having a lavish feast, and this is where seniors can provide the most help. The experience they accumulated in the kitchen during the years will be a great aid in helping you make the most satisfying dishes. Most seniors will enjoy this, as making dishes they have grown accustomed to during the years will take them down memory lane. Also, it will provide an excellent experience for their children and grandchildren to continue the family tradition by making dishes that have been in their family for years.
Here are some of the best dishes family members can make together:
- Pumpkin Chip Cookies
- Roasted Butternut Salad
- Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Stuffing
Pumpkin Chip Cookies
Thanksgiving spent among both old and young family members provides an opportunity to mix the past, present, and future. Every child has a connection with chocolate chip cookies. Children enjoy them right now while seniors enjoyed them once upon a time. Considering it’s the holiday season, adding pumpkin into the mix will only give this classic dessert a boost.
Roasted Butternut Salad
Nothing screams holiday season quite as much as butternut squash. You must agree with us on this. Its trademark flavor won’t be destroyed by roasting it but will enhance its already enjoyable taste.
Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Stuffing
The weeks and days leading up to Thanksgiving are always spent in a rush with little time to go around. Because of that, some necessities for this holiday need to be prepared in advance. Luckily this stuffing recipe can be kept in the refrigerator for days, and it is easy to make. It’s so easy that any novice can prepare it with a bit of elderly help. But don’t think that this makes it any less tasty. It is delicious nonetheless. But the best thing about it is that you can make it before Thanksgiving knocks on the door.
Cooking is not only about putting the food on the table. It’s an excellent way to create bonds and memories. The kitchen is the best place to strengthen the relationship between young and old family members.
Pick a Thanksgiving Art Project
Most people underestimate how fun art projects can be and what they can do for relationships among people. It is the best way to keep seniors and children busy and creative, which will create a bond in the process.
Considering its holiday season, and Thanksgiving at that, their theme needs to correspond to this. Spending time together with their hands busy surrounded with a holiday atmosphere will create lasting memories for seniors and children.
An activity that all generations enjoy without a doubt is making corn husk dolls. To do this, all you need is paper towels, scissors, buttons, and glue. Even if you fail making one, don’t worry, the time spent together is all that matters.
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