July 1st is a favourite summer holiday to celebrate our country’s birthday. It’s also a perfect day to gather with family and friends to enjoy the great summer weather, food, and festivities. Here are 4 ideas to celebrate Canada Day with your loved ones in a senior living community.
Attend a local parade
Parades are a fun, carefree way to get in the festive spirit. Many senior living communities will provide group transportations for residents to local parades and events. If you or your loved one are headed to a local parade or festival, be sure to wear light colored clothing and bring water, sunscreen, and a hat to stay cool in the sun. You can also bring a comfortable lawn chair to help older adults avoid too much standing.
For tips on how to keep your loved one protected from the hot sun, please read our last blog: Protecting Senior’s from the Hot Summer Sun!
Visit local neighbourhoods to see the Canada Day decorations
It’s always nice to take Independence day is a day to celebrate our country as well as those who bravely served. Take time to remember veterans by visiting a memorial, donating to charity, reflecting on memories with loved ones, or writing a thank you note to a member of the military.
Bring the celebration to them
Some older adults may have health or mobility issues that may limit their abilities to attend local parades or fireworks displays. If this is the case, include your loved ones in your festivities by bringing the party right to them. Whether you make red and white desserts or crafts, share memories, or watch a patriotic movie, there are many ways to adapt your activities to your loved one’s needs.
Of course, watching fireworks is another great tradition. There are several to see all weekend long. If you go to watch live fireworks, be sure to bring a chair so your loved one can enjoy the display more comfortably. If mobility or transportation is an issue, don’t worry! You can watch fireworks shows broadcasted live on local TV channels or live streamed from the internet, enabling you and your loved one to celebrate from the comfort of your home or from a senior living community.
A wonderful weekend to spend with friends and family. For more information about our retirement communities, please visit our website or call us at 250.383.6509.