Seniors staying active during the holidays

Seniors should remember to take care of themselves during the holidaysA home care assistance facility advises seniors not to forget their health during the holiday season, as it is possible to combine both a healthy and active lifestyle with some of the annual family traditions.

"The holidays are actually a great time for seniors and the people who care for them to focus on healthy lifestyle choices that enhance aging," said Dr. Kathy Johnson, CEO of Home Care Assistance.

Family caregivers and their aging parents may want to take a walk after a hearty, holiday meal to keep up with their physical activity. Not only is it beneficial for seniors, but it also helps the caregivers get out and about after putting the meal together.

Those who care for seniors with Alzheimer's may want to play some skill-based games, as keeping a loved one's mind sharp can help delay symptoms. So, sit down and play scrabble, checkers or boggle - all of which can stimulate the brains of all players.

Often times, seniors have dietary restrictions. It is important that caregivers take this into consideration when preparing holiday foods so the aging adult doesn't feel left out of their favorite meals.