The 4th of July is a very special day on the American calendar. As such, there is no reason that anyone who wants to celebrate it should be prevented from doing so. Here at Dry Harbor, we work hard to make sure that this extends to the elderly. Sometimes, figuring out how to make it fun for people with various levels of ability can be hard. Here we look at some ways of facilitating that.

There are two categories for holiday activities: a) those that take place outdoors and b) those that take place indoors.

Outdoor activities

For those who enjoy the outdoors, remember the following:

  1. Make sure there is enough shade at all times and a comfortable place to sit.
  2. Keep everybody, especially the elderly, hydrated at all times, and encourage frequent bathroom breaks.
  3. Keep the time at any activity to a minimum, especially for those with degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, as agitation is common.

Indoor activities

For those who would rather stay indoors, consider these activities:

  1. Karaoke is always a good time, especially with oldies songs that they really love. Karaoke is really something in which all generations can participate, and if you have some patriotic American songs available, then it can be very appropriate for the day.
  2. Watch an old American movie. Bonus points for a movie that is popular with the elderly.
  3. If they are still able to help in the kitchen, make American-themed family favorites together.
  4. Play board games, card games, and other low key games.

There really is no reason for the elderly to have to miss out on 4th of July activities. We just need a bit of consideration to go a long way.

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