Holidays can be a time of celebration and joy, especially when they are spent together with friends and family. However, as we age the holiday season can become difficult, particularly after losing a loved one or spouse. The New Year represents a new start, a time for rejuvenation and excitement, which can be hard for some adults to do in the midst of holiday grief. At our Carespring facilities in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky, we are always looking for ways to bring happiness to our residents and their families, especially during this holiday season. Consider some of these ideas to make the New Year a special time for you and your loved one.
A New Year’s Brunch
Staying up until the clock strikes midnight can be difficult for anyone, but even more challenging for older adults. Get an early start in celebrating the New Year with a holiday brunch. If you and your loved ones feel up to it, consider making a delicious meal at home, or wear your special holiday clothes and head out to your favorite restaurant. During the holiday season, many restaurants have different hours of operation than usual, so make sure to call ahead and make a reservation to skip the waiting line.
What’s better than brunch? Brunch at midnight! If you have a late night ahead of yourself and are wondering what to do while waiting for the ball to drop, consider having a New Year’s breakfast for dinner. Pancakes, bacon, and omelets are a delicious way to bring in the New Year!
Create a Time Capsule
Arts and crafts can be a fun way to bring family and friends together for an evening of laughter and joy. Have your loved one choose their favorite mementos to remember 2017. Favorite music or movie selections make great tokens of remembrance. Consider including family pictures, a favorite dried flower, or bottle of your favorite wine to add to the capsule. Opening the capsule is a great way to start the New Year at the next celebration!
Holidays in the mid-eastern United States can be cloudy and rainy. A movie marathon is a perfect way to celebrate the dreary weather. Have each of your family members or friends make a selection of their favorite movies and enjoy watching them together. Don’t forget to bring your favorite snack or candy to add to the celebrations. If you and your senior feel like going out, consider going to the movie theatre to see a movie on the big screen. Many new movies debut during the holiday season, so you’re bound to find something that looks interesting.
No matter how you decide to celebrate this year, our Carespring family wishes you and your loved ones a special New Year and wonderful holiday!