Nov 9, 2016 by Lulu Jensen
In addition to being one of the best holidays to spend with family members and close friends, Thanksgiving can be a great opportunity for seniors to reflect on their lives and express their gratitude. Since it is basically a mini-vacation, with offices and schools being closed on the last Thursday and Friday of November, many older adults can’t wait to spend a few days with their children and grandchildren.
Unfortunately, many seniors have health or mobility problems that can prevent them from organizing, hosting, and even fully enjoying Thanksgiving celebrations. Holidays can also be a time of great stress for seniors, especially if they are struggling with maintaining their independence.
For this reason, elderly care in Anchorage, AK, can help your loved one plan the perfect Thanksgiving celebration. A professional caregiver can provide any assistance your parent might need to prepare for the festivity. This can include various services such as cleaning and decorating the house, grocery shopping for Thanksgiving dinner, and preparing traditional Thanksgiving meals and desserts.
Speaking of food, although some people might not be able to imagine the Thanksgiving table without certain dishes like stuffed turkey, gravy or sweet potatoes, elderly care experts in Anchorage, AK, recommend preparing additional, senior-friendly meals for your parent.
Your loved one might find traditional Thanksgiving dishes such as pecan pie difficult to chew while turkey meat and gravy may be too greasy and hard to digest. A caregiver can make some softer dishes that are less salty and easier to chew so that your parent wouldn’t experience any stomach problems. Experts also recommend that seniors avoid eating too much food or drinking alcohol excessively, as it may cause health problems or complications.
After dinner, your parent can play board games with their grandchildren or, perhaps, watch the traditional Thanksgiving parade or football match on television.
Elderly care professionals in Anchorage, AK, suggest that seniors consider starting their own family tradition on Thanksgiving, such as giving cards to family members.
Your loved one can ask everyone to write down a list of reasons why they are thankful for every family member and then give each other the cards and read them. This can be a wonderful introduction for the rest of the evening when your loved one can share family stories from their youth. Many seniors are grateful when they are given a chance to reflect on their memories or recapture some funny family anecdotes.
A professional caregiver can help your parent enjoy one of America’s favorite holidays surrounded by the people they love. Since a care provider can take care of most of the preparations, your loved one can celebrate all the good things in their life without experiencing the stress or tension connected with holidays.
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