What are your favorite 4th of July memories? Perhaps it’s a family barbeque, watching fireworks in the park, or maybe just a time you went to Coney Island to watch the Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest?
Though we often want to relive the nostalgia, sometimes seniors are no longer able to attend their favorite Independence Day festivities as they once were able to. This may be because the heat of the summer’s day is too strong and it may be difficult for seniors to be outside of long periods of time.
In order to bring back some fond memories, and maybe even create some new ones, here are some tips and activities that seniors can enjoy this holiday.
Protect Seniors from the Sun
Sun exposure is very dangerous for everyone but especially for seniors. More than 10 mins in the sun puts them at a higher risk of getting skin cancer. Thus, if they are going to be outside on any Fourth of July celebration, without any doubt they must wear sunscreen to protect their vulnerable skin.
Take a Break From the Heat
Heat strokes don’t necessarily come from being out in the sun all day. Seniors can get them when they are indoors and there is no ventilation happening. For elderly people, it is important to stay cool and hydrated whenever they can on a summer day. Suggest they drink lots of water throughout their outdoor activities and have them under the shade; it is best if they have access to an indoor air conditioned area. Be sure to constantly check signs for heart stroke to be on the safe side.
If you’re planning to have any activities or celebrations during the evening, prepare the seniors for the cooler temperatures by dressing appropriately. This is because temperatures drop for the night time and so it’s always a good idea to carry a light sweater or blanket on hand for when they will be watching the fireworks at night.
Don’t Push Past Limits
Celebrations such as 4th of July can be all day-long in length, which is great for young people but is not always suitable for seniors. With that being said, it’s always a good idea to have seniors have the option to have some time for themselves if they need to recuperate. Wheelchairs or portable chairs are always needed when there are seniors around so that your loved one can rest when they need to. Make them feel comfortable and not aggravated by not having the things they need to get through their day.
Ideas that Seniors Can Participate in on the 4th of July
Caregivers may consider the following activities as they are senior-friendly when celebrating the Fourth of July with their families.
- A classic barbeque cookout is a common 4th of July activity and is an activity fit for the whole family, especially for seniors. Being together with family members can boost the emotional health of the seniors as this can be the most interaction they have had with someone in a while. Make it more senior-friendly by taking in some of the dietary requirements and preferences of the seniors, to make it a more welcoming experience for them.
- To stay safe from the beating sun, try to bring things indoors and have some activities to do together as a family. Perhaps watch some films that are accommodating to the theme of the day! Maybe something more patriotic or your senior’s favorite classic film.
- Other indoor activities may be crafting decor or even cooking themed 4th of July meals. This is a senior-friendly activity and definitely creates a greater family bonding experience.
The 4th of July Celebration wouldn’t be the same without the entire family there so be sure to make it accommodating to older relatives and friends.
This holiday, All Heart Homecare celebrates the American elders who live independently in their home through the help of our home health care services.
For more information on how we can help you be more comfortable in your own home, give us a call today! Happy 4th of July!