Thanksgiving Activity for Elderly People

Happy Thanksgiving! During this time of thanks, a very fun activity you and your client or loved one can do is create a thankful tree. This is an easy and meaningful activity that can stimulate their minds and increase social connections/relationships. The thankful tree can show the client or loved one how lucky they really are, even if they feel lonely or depressed. 

During these tough times, it is hard for people to see their families. The good thing about this activity is that it can be done virtually. Elderly people can call their family and friends to ask what they are thankful for over the phone. While receiving this information, a caregiver can help write the responses down on the leaves and tie them to the tree. Also, the family member or friend can fill out their own leaf with their names on it and can mail it to them to add to their thankful tree.

Family caregivers and seniors will need a Mason jar, tree branches, string, and construction paper for this craft. Seniors need to cut the paper into the shape of small leaves and write down what they are thankful for on each leaf. The thankful tree can be placed as a centerpiece near the dinner table. 

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