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Activities and social life may begin to wane for older adults who have lost spouses or are suffering from physical ailments. But staying active is still very important to the health and well-being of seniors no matter what their circumstance.

That's where family caregivers can help. Loved ones can encourage the seniors in their lives to find new ways to remain active if the old ones no longer work.

Whether it's assisting them in planting a garden, planning a trip or just reconnecting with old friends, it's never too late to offer that older adult in your life an encouraging word and a helping hand.

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Holiday Ideas for Seniors with Diminished Senses - What Seniors Want for the Holidays (4 of 5)

In this video, Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care offers holiday ideas for seniors with diminished senses. Engaging the other, non-diminished senses is key to increasing their enjoyment of the season.

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What Seniors Need/Want for the Holidays (1 of 5)

Holiday shopping for seniors can appear daunting because they usually appear to have everything they need. However, the intangible gifts can mean more to your senior than another gadget or pair of slippers.

Survive (and Enjoy!) the Holidays with Home Care Help

Juggling the responsibilities of work, family and caring for an aging loved one is hectic enough as it is. Add to that all the extra to-dos of the holiday season and you may come to realize something has got to give. Taking advantage of professional senior home care services can make it possible for you to preserve your sanity during the holidays.

Gift Ideas for Seniors: Top 10 Holiday Requests Seniors Likely Want But Won’t Ask For

Instead of giving Grandma another blanket or pair of socks this year, give her what she really wants: your time and attention. You may not be able to add these 10 gift ideas to a shopping list, but you can bet they’re on your loved one’s wish list.

Holiday Stress Busters for Family Caregivers

The holidays create a lot of extra to-dos and stress for many people caring for aging loved ones. Instead of letting that stress ruin a time meant to be enjoyed with family and friends, try these stress-busting tips from professionals at the Home Instead Center for Successful Aging.

10 Ways to Keep Holiday Traditions Senior-Friendly

Seniors may experience a number of limitations as they age that keep them from participating in holiday traditions like they used to. But those changes don’t need to sideline seniors for all holidays to come.

10 Ways to Bring the Holidays to the Hospital

Activity suggestions to make the holidays special for a senior loved one who can’t be home to enjoy the festivities.

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Older Adults Savor Gift-Wrapped Companionship

The special gift of a person’s time might be the most precious present that a senior loved one can receive during the holidays.

Observing Special Days Difficult for Surviving Family

The unpredictability of life can leave seniors reeling. When sudden loss occurs, make sure there’s support and encouragement for those left behind.

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Begin Senior Holiday Celebrations with Planning

For families whose senior loved ones struggle with afflictions, holidays can be challenging times. But, with a little planning and support, the festivities can still be special. Setting realistic expectations is a key to eliminating stress.

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