People often consider Halloween to be a celebration for children, but there's no reason the rest of us can't join in the fun. For seniors, it may even be a healthy choice. According to the National Institute on Aging, participating in social activities is an important way to support seniors' health as they age. Enjoying some Halloween activities is a great way to feel connected with your senior loved one, so here are some suggestions to help get involved in the spooky season.
Put Together a Care Package
Would your loved one like to reach out to a grandchild they don't see as much as they'd like? Help them assemble a Halloween package with things like candy, decorations, costume pieces, and a note. Even college-age kids enjoy being surprised with a package full of Halloween fun.
Try Your Hand at Arts & Crafts
It's fun to have decorations to display that celebrate the season, and Halloween is no exception. There are many craft activities for any skill level, but if you need some guidance, speak to an expert at a crafts store. One fun activity is to paint a pumpkin. It's a safe and low-frustration way to make a jack-o-lantern to display.
Passing out candy to adorable little ones in their costumes is joyful and entertaining. Invite your senior loved one over if you get little visitors or consider finding a trunk-or-treat event to participate in. Local libraries and community organizations often organize these events, so sign up for one. Then show up at the designated parking lot, set up your car to pass out treats, and enjoy the parade of happy little faces.
At Ebenezer Senior Living, we have lots of activities to participate in during the holidays. We'd love to show you how we support seniors to live their best lives. Contact us for a tour today!