Fun Holiday Accessible Holiday Activities

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The Holiday season is hyped up to be a magical time of joy, but it can be a little more challenging for those with mobility needs to enjoy some activities. And for aging adults who depend on family caregivers, senior care providers and a wheelchair, the holiday season can bring loneliness and depression… but it doesn’t have to be that way! There are many fun holiday activities that are accessible to everyone, no matter their mobility challenges or age.

Here are 7 accessible Christmas activities for everyone to enjoy:

1. Decorate the Mobility Equipment: Depending on the situation, decorating the tree might be challenging. So decorate a wheelchair or scooter! You can use tinsel, ornaments, paper snowflakes and even lights to make the equipment festive and fun. This way, the holiday spirit is mobile too! Just be sure to leave wheels and controls clear so that the equipment remains functional and safe to use.

2. Baking Cookies and Delivering Them: Christmas cookies are a favorite tradition, and everyone can help prepare, bake, and/or deliver. In fact, baking different kinds of cookies and packing them in a nice container can be perfect gifts! Deliver to friends, family, neighbors, senior center and other activity centers and have your holiday gifts done for the year.

3. Attending a Christmas Concert or Performance: Most performance venues are wheelchair-accessible, making this one of the best ideas to enjoy holiday festivities for those with mobility needs. Unfortunately, this year has canceled most crowd activities, but many venues are offering these events online, either live or to watch at another time, and often for free! You can watch The Nutcracker from the comfort of your own home with a warm cup of eggnog.

4. Shopping for Christmas Presents: There are many Accessible stores you can have fun shopping in. The holiday season brings a festive touch to most stores and it’s even enjoyable just to window shop to see the decorations and lights. Many people are choosing to shop online this year for their gifts so you also may find that stores are less crowded and easier to navigate with your equipment!

5. Christmas Crafting: Few things are better than a homemade gift, and it’s satisfying to flex your creative muscles. You can make gifts, Christmas decorations, and more! Put on some festive music and have someone close to you join in and make it a party! If you’re social distancing, have a crafting party with friends and family over ZOOM or Skype.

6. Neighborhood Christmas Lights: Everyone loves to look at Christmas lights in their neighborhood, and it’s an easy and fun activity for all! You don’t even have to worry about slick sidewalks from the comfort of the car.

7. Caroling! Is there anything more festive than carolers? Going around the neighborhood with friends or family and bringing Christmas songs to others is fun and great exercise for the lungs. You don’t have to be a great singer; people just appreciate the holiday spirit. It’s also an easy way to spread some cheer while respecting social distancing.

It’s a strange year with social distancing protocols in place, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holidays. You can enjoy many accessible holiday activities and remain safe and healthy in the process, even if it means connecting with family over a screen rather than in person. Get creative! Happy Holidays from R&J Mobility Service.

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