Winter Olympics Activities for Seniors
Chances are you or your client come from very different backgrounds. Some of our caregivers and client call countries like Russia, Italy, Ghana, India, Poland, England and many more home, so it’s not a surprise that all of us will be rooting for our countrymen and women during this year’s Winter Games.
The 2018 Winter Olympics are happening between now and February 25th, and despite the 14-hour time difference between us and host city Pyeongchang, you can catch it all on NBC. In the meantime, try out a few of these fun activities that will keep your client engaged and full of Olympic spirit!
Make your own Olympic Medals
These are very easy to make, but it might get messy! Check out the link here! First, stock up on some jar lids, ribbon, glue, and the fun part, foam shapes and lots of glitter! You’ll first need to glue the foam shapes to the lid, wait for it to dry, cover the entire lid and foam shape with a thin layer of glue, and sprinkle lots of glitter onto it. The last thing you’ll need to do after making a gold, silver and bronze medal, is glue gun a ribbon onto it! Just be careful with the glue gun!
Your client has lived through and experienced many Olympic games, which is a beautiful thing. If your client has a good memory, or if you’d like to help spark their memory, try your hand at some Olympics trivia. Click here to read up on some fun facts.
To refresh your memory, and to get a conversation going about your client’s favorite winter sports, here is a full list of the sports you can quiz yourselves on: Alpine skiing, Biathlon (cross-country skiing and rifle shooting), bobsledding, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, nordic combined (cross-country skiing and ski jumping), short track speedskating, skeleton sledding, ski jumping, snowboarding, and speedskating.
Olympic Ring Cookies
This is a delicious way to celebrate the Olympics…and thankfully these colorful Olympic Ring sugar cookies go so well with hot tea or hot chocolate. You can start with baking the cookies yourself, or buying fresh cookies from your local bakery. Next, use a small cookie cutter to cut out a hole in the middle to make a beautiful Olympic ring! Next, cover each cookie with white icing or frosting, and sprinkle it with either yellow, red, turquoise, dark blue and green sugar or sprinkles.
Of course, if you feel inspired to get in on the Olympic action, try visiting a nearby ice skating rink or even visit a ski resort for the day where you’ll be able to watch how our local skiers and skaters practice. Who knows… maybe someday they’ll make it to the next Olympics!