Seniors don’t need to drink alcohol or even be Irish to have a fun time on St. Patrick’s Day. This popular holiday can be a great excuse to participate in healthy physical and social activities. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading senior care agency in Placer County, has put together a list of activities your senior loved one can do to celebrate.
This is a great way for seniors to strengthen their mobility. You can make it a competition or give away prizes for all participants. For this activity, play Irish music and ask your loved one to come up with some traditional Irish dances. Prizes like Irish candy or trinkets are best because they coincide with the theme. If you decide to make it a competition, give out awards for best and worst dancers.
St. Patrick’s Day-Themed Pictionary
Write down Irish-themed words, such as rainbow, leprechaun, fairies, pot of gold, and more. To continue with the holiday theme, write the clues down on green paper cut in the shape of a shamrock. Have your loved one choose the paper with the word written on it, and he or she will have to draw clues on a large sheet of paper for the other players to guess what the word is.
Instead of a pub crawl, your loved one and guests can go to different homes and enjoy Irish foods and nonalcoholic beverages. For this St. Patrick’s Day activity, each participant will need to focus on a specific food, such as a main course, side dish, or appetizer. Some items that should be included in the menu include corned beef and cabbage and Irish bangers and mash. When going to the different homes, there should be some Irish trivia questions asked. This activity works best for seniors or families who live close to one another, providing a chance to socialize with others in a controlled environment.
Arts & Crafts
This is an activity you can participate in together, and some seniors enjoy making crafts with their grandchildren as well. Try creating hats and crowns for this holiday. To make them, you will need St. Patrick’s Day foam stickers, green glitter, and cardstock. Other popular crafts for seniors to make on this holiday are shamrocks, Celtic crosses, Irish potatoes, or leprechauns.
Social, mental, and physical stimulation is important all year long. If your loved one needs assistance with exercise, transportation to events, and regular companionship, reach out to Home Care Assistance. In addition to these and other important tasks, we also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and dementia care Placer County families trust. For more information on our in-home care services, call a friendly Care Manager today at 916.226.3737.