St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the most festive holidays celebrated throughout the world. From huge parades to people showing their Irish pride by wearing green, it is exciting to take part in the festivities. However, planning St. Patrick’s Day activities for seniors takes a little creativity to ensure they benefit from being encouraged to boost their physical and mental wellbeing.
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This year, get your senior loved one involved in the celebrations by planning these fun activities he or she can do with friends and family.
1. Start the Day with a Green Smoothie
A little-known smoothie-making secret is that strawberries and citrus fruits mask the taste of any vegetables you add. Therefore, you can mix up a spinach, broccoli, or kale smoothie that starts your loved one’s day off with a lovely green breakfast treat while making sure he or she enjoys the delicious flavor. Starting the day with this healthy breakfast choice may get your loved one excited about the rest of the day’s activities while giving his or her body a nutritional boost loaded with antioxidants.
2. Enjoy an Irish Feast
It is best for seniors to skip the alcohol that is often a part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, but there are plenty of Irish food recipes made with healthy ingredients. Shepherd’s pie is a traditional meal that has protein along with a variety of vegetables, and you can keep it low-fat by skipping the cheese and substituting cauliflower for the mashed potatoes. Irish stew, creamed spinach, and roasted cabbage wedges are a few more traditional dishes to add to the menu. You can also add a social element by inviting your loved one’s friends to bring their favorite Irish dish over for a fun potluck meal.
3. Hold a Leprechaun Hat Contest
Crafting is an activity many seniors enjoy, and you can add a little competition to a senior social event by hosting a contest. Set out some premade generic party hats, and add open-ended art materials to the table such as glitter, glue, and paper. Then, encourage the seniors to get as silly as possible while they work on their creations. Once the hats are made, host a parade and let them show off their creativity. This activity provides a chance for your loved one to socialize, and you can increase the fun by inviting people of all ages to participate with their favorite seniors.
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4. Play St. Patrick’s Day Pictionary
This classic game requires a drawing board, some word cards, and a few open minds to play. Start by writing down some Irish-themed words on playing cards, and invite seniors and their family and friends to attempt to figure out what others are trying to convey through fast-paced drawings. Since this game is bound to draw a few laughs, it is great for encouraging emotional wellness. Coming up with ways to represent words through pictures is also a form of mental stimulation that promotes cognitive health.
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