4 St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

By Pete Lane, 9:00 am on

Regardless of their age, health, and mobility, many seniors around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by participating in themed events. Although your elderly loved one may be living with Alzheimer’s, there are many activities he or she can participate in to celebrate the holiday. These activities are a great way for your loved one to have fun, keep his or her brain stimulated, and eliminate stress. 

Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional elderly care. Centennial, CO, Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life.

1. St. Patrick’s Day Sing-Along

This is a fun activity your loved one can do at home with family and friends. Your loved one can even go to a local senior center and participate in its sessions. Purchase or download popular Irish songs and playlists for a St. Patrick’s Day sing-along at your home. This positive activity can help control behavioral issues your loved one with Alzheimer’s may be experiencing. This activity also provides family caregivers with much needed stress relief. 

2. Irish-Themed Dinner 

Irish crawls are very popular on St. Patrick’s Day. However, it may be challenging for your loved one to go from room-to-room when eating dinner. You can still have a progressive style dinner in honor of the holiday at your home. Instead of eating in different areas of the home, allow your loved one to help you cook the Irish-themed dinner. Cooking is a great way for your loved one to continue doing things he or she once enjoyed, which helps maintain independence and some cognitive skills. Making the dishes can help your loved one maintain a sense of purpose in life. 

Some popular St. Patrick’s Day recipes include:

  • Corned beef and cabbage 
  • Irish soda bread
  • Shepherd’s pie
  • Spinach pancakes 

3. Shamrock Pins 

This is a fun craft your loved one can do in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Your loved one can use green construction paper or felt for the base of the shamrock, in addition to glitter, markers, and paint to decorate the pins. This activity allows your loved one to communicate using the emotional and creative centers of the brain, as opposed to the logical and memory centers, which can helps seniors with Alzheimer’s experience more peace of mind and less stress or anxiety. The shamrock pin is something green for your loved one to wear on St. Patrick’s Day.

4. Irish Jig Dance-Off 

This is a great way for your loved one to keep the brain active and slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s. For an Irish jig dance-off, give all the players a number that is written on the back of a shamrock. While playing Irish music, the participants need to do their best dance. The last three players standing win a prize, which should also be Irish-themed. Some of the prizes you and your loved one could give out include Irish candy, CDs, and DVDs.

If you are the primary caregiver for a senior family member and want additional assistance from a professional caregiver, Centennial Home Care Assistance is here to help. Our caregivers are available for a few hours a day to help seniors with daily tasks, and we also offer 24-hour live-in care for those who need more extensive assistance.

The days, weeks, and months following an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be challenging for both seniors and their families. However, these challenges can be made less stressful with the help of caregivers trained in professional Alzheimer’s home care. Centennial, CO, Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one enjoy the golden years while simultaneously managing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Call a qualified Care Manager at 303.957.3100 to learn about our senior home care services and to schedule a free in-home consultation.

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