St. Patrick's Day celebrates Irish culture and heralds the spring equinox. March 17th invites us to look forward to sunnier skies and warmer weather. At Home Instead Senior Care, we encourage you to include older adults in the lighthearted spirit of this day. Go ahead and pick one of the suggested activities to enjoy!
1. St. Patrick's Day Crafts
There's something so satisfying about making an item by hand. Every generation, from preschoolers to great grandparents can enjoy affordable craft activities. Seniors could cut shamrocks from green paper to decorate walls, windows and doors. Shamrock cutouts could also be strung together with green or yellow string to make necklaces. Older adults and children could have fun making a leprechaun trap out of a shoe box, coloured paper to form a rainbow, and fake gold coins.
2. Attend a Parade
Many communities organize St. Patrick's Day parades. These events can be a great opportunity for older adults to get a little fresh air and participate in society. Folding chairs and a thermos with hot drinks can help keep everyone comfortable.
3. Read Irish-Themed Stories
Older adults have the chance to bond with younger generations when they read stories to them, and there is no shortage St. Patrick's Day-themed books to choose from. Select a book about St. Patrick himself or find children's books about leprechauns, fairies, or other Irish folk stories.
4. Plant Seeds or Pot Flowers
To welcome the season of renewal and growth, get some pretty flower pots, potting soil, seeds, flower starts or houseplants. Many older adults will welcome the chance to get their fingers a little dirty by patting seeds into soil or transplanting plants into attractive containers. They also will likely derive ongoing pleasure from nurturing the plants in the weeks and months that follow.
5. Make an Irish Dinner or Dish
Although many people associate St. Patrick's Day with beer (and not grub) there are many St. Patrick's Day-themed dishes to enjoy. Why not organize a St. Patrick-themed dinner with your loved one that includes such items as corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie and Irish soda bread. Then, make shamrock-shaped cookies with green frosting for dessert!
At Home Instead Senior Care, we understand the challenges of adapting to senior's changing needs. Our guidance and home support services are only a telephone call away.