Christmas Games for Elderly Parents
(St. Louis, MO)
Like I've told my dad more than once, games aren't just for kids. I finally convinced him that adults have permission to act like kids once in awhile, or to have fun with games.
The games don't have to be productive, they just have to be fun. Just about any kid’s game can be adapted to seniors, and though it took some prodding to get my dad involved in just letting loose and having fun playing games, now he's the first one to often suggest games, especially around Christmas time.
Christmas Bingo is a play on the classic Bingo game that is easy for many seniors to play. Instead of numbers in the squares, pictures such as reindeer, elves, bells, or Santa's are placed in the squares and are then matched. Other popular games that the seniors in my facility like to play are Christmas Charades, and most especially, Christmas Jeopardy.
Other popular Christmas games for seniors can include a Christmas tree ornament find (such as the old fashioned game ‘Button, Button, Who's got the Button? Or plan a treasure hunt. You can do the same with a "Find Santa's Reindeer" game, which works especially well in long-term care facilities where a cutout of Rudolph can be taped to a wall or door in the facility and the senior who finds it gets a prize.
When it comes to Christmas time this year, think outside the box. Convert a variety of children's games to the Christmas theme and get your elderly loved ones involved. Chances are they'll have fun, enjoy a laugh or two, and benefit from the Christmas spirit.