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St. Patrick’s Day Activities for the Elderly

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, which means you may want to start planning some fun activities for your senior loved one. To get you inspired, the staff at Redondo Beach Home Care Assistance has put together a list of activities that can be easily tailored to fit your loved one’s abilities, giving him or her the opportunity to enjoy the festivities.

Host a Home Crawl

Pub crawls may be off the table for seniors who no longer imbibe, but your loved one can still enjoy the social aspect of this St. Patrick’s Day tradition by planning a day of visits to the homes of friends and family. This activity is ideal for seniors who live near their family members or friends, or you can host a crawl that involves going from room to room in a single house. At each stop, have your loved one enjoy a treat such as an Irish dish or create a craft before heading to the next place on the list.

Make a Necklace

No one wants to be caught not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day. Help your loved one avoid a pinch by making a green necklace he or she can wear all day. The act of creation can be ideal for boosting self-esteem, and you can use large beads for seniors who have impaired vision or fine motor skills.

Attend a Family-Friendly Parade

Many communities host exciting St. Patrick’s Day parades filled with colorful floats and talented entertainment. Taking your loved one to see a parade can help prevent feelings of isolation and keep him or her mentally stimulated. Make sure your loved one will be comfortable by bringing a chair, and follow his or her lead regarding how long you stay.

Create a Green Smoothie

On St. Patrick’s Day, making green drinks is a popular activity, and you can use this tradition to add a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals to your loved one’s day. To make a green smoothie, blend one cored apple, half an avocado, 2 cups of spinach and 1½ cups of apple juice. This concoction is full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and vitamin C, and it just might become your loved one’s new favorite snack.

Social activities are a great way to keep your loved one emotionally stimulated during holidays, but it’s important to maintain emotional wellbeing throughout the rest of the year as well. If your loved one needs a social companion who can provide emotional support, transportation to events, and assist with daily tasks, turn to Home Care Assistance. We also offer specialized Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia care Redondo Beach families trust. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our friendly Care Managers at (310) 504-0506 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.