It is once again that time of the year. We put our hands to our hearts and hold our heads up high in remembrance of our fallen heroes. Memorial Day was once called ‘Decoration Day’ and was in honor of the soldiers we lost to the Civil War. In later years, it was changed to pay respects to all soldiers who died serving our armed forces, not just our civil war heroes. So, BoomersHub celebrates the day with some exciting Memorial Day Activities for Seniors.
In the retirement community, many are veterans and may have an emotional link to this day. They may have lost many friends and family to war.
We will explore some activities to honor and enjoy this day with seniors. Whether they are loved ones at home or seniors in a facility, there are many ways they can be a part of this day.
Memorial Day Activities for Seniors
One may wonder how to celebrate this memorial day with seniors, many of whom may be veterans. Whether celebrating in a facility with seniors, or loved ones at home, there are many great ways to spend the day. Some memorable memorial day activities for seniors may be:
Perhaps it is the most basic activity on the list, but of course, what better way to honor our soldiers than to raise our beloved flag in their honor? This is also one of the simpler activities for those that cannot leave their residences.
There are always several local memorial day parades being held. It may be nice to attend one with friends or loved ones. This may not be possible in light of recent circumstances. Still, maybe you can arrange a small parade at home amongst yourselves, with the children in the family. It may be an opportunity to teach them more about our rich history. Assisted living facilities may arrange a Memorial Day event for the seniors. There are several puzzles and card games for seniors with dementia, so they may actively participate.
Though it may not be possible to go and tour these monuments, one may drive by with the family and see them. It will definitely be a nice change of pace for your loved ones. An assisted living facility may also plan a short trip for the seniors to ride around local monuments. There are memorial monuments throughout the states, and even in other countries. You can see some of them here.
Several Memorial Day-themed crafts may be made with simple household items. Making such crafts may be a nice activity for seniors to bond with family or friends. The crafts can then be used to decorate one’s own home or a senior facility. Many creative ideas may be found on Pinterest and other such websites. Yellow ribbons and poppy flowers may be used for decoration. The yellow ribbon is to honor our military. Poppies symbolize our remembrance of the first world war.
Prepare some Memorial Day snacks. Whether making them with your loved ones, or seniors in a facility- it will definitely be a fun activity! All those delicious cakes, ice creams, and fruits in hues of red, white, and blue!
Memorial Day Picnic
A nice picnic will definitely lift everyone’s spirits. The crafts and snacks mentioned previously may be used to make an authentic experience for all! While it may be difficult to go to a nice park for the picnic, one’s own backyard, or an assisted living facility’s lounge may do just fine.
Memorial Day Fundraiser
You may decide to throw a fundraiser to gather some money to surprise the families of fallen soldiers. You can sell some of the snacks and crafts mentioned previously if you have decided to make them. The money can go to the families themselves or towards presents for them.
If it is possible, you may go to visit the graves of fallen soldiers. Many veterans may have friends who died in a war and may wish to visit their resting places.
It might be a good idea to reach out to the families of the deceased soldiers, especially if they are friends or family. Whether it’s a letter, a phone call, or even video chatting- it may be nice to check up on them on this day. The more senior family members may be pleased to have someone to talk to
National Moment of Remembrance
Of course, we will end with the National Moment of Remembrance, taking place at 3 p.m. local time each Memorial Day. While we have to honor the fallen in silence, it might be nicer to sit together with loved ones and support those grieving the most.
We hope that everyone can enjoy themselves and take part in many great bonding activities. But most of all, we hope everyone can stay safe during these difficult times and take part in activities responsibly.