May is a month of celebrations and participating at holiday events can become difficult for those seniors with health issues and disabilities. Here are a few suggestions to help enhance the elderly enjoy these special days.
Parades are quintessential Memorial Day functions. If the elderly individual has a grandchild or great grandchild who is marching in a parade, you can go and pick up the elderly loved one and bring them to watch. You’ll want to make sure there is a restroom close by and that they have a comfortable chair in which to sit in.
If you’re planning on having a family get together, you may want to include your elderly loved one. If he or she relies on elder care providers, you should ask to see if they could escort your loved one for that day. If they can’t or if they can’t travel with them, you may want to find an agency in the area and see if anyone is available to be there for your loved one, unless, of course, you’re willing to tend to all of their needs.
Far too often today, people confuse Memorial Day with Veterans’ Day. While it’s important to honor our current veterans and former veterans, this is about those who gave their all. Taking the time to see what people gave, can be a very powerful force.
Talk to a military friend. If your elderly loved ones has some military friends, encourage them to talk to them. Connecting veterans, who might not have any family in the area, can be a great way to honor those who have fallen.
Visit a new place. Because it’s the unofficial start to the summer season, you could visit a new place that the senior hasn’t been to before. This could be a general area or a building. Find out if there is anywhere that he or she would love to visit that isn’t too far and surprise them for the day.