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5 Amazing Easter Activities for the Elderly with Parkinson’s

By Jeff Hill, 9:00 am on April 3, 2017

Staying active can slow the progression of Parkinson’s, so celebrating Easter with family and friends can help seniors manage this disease. Limited mobility is one of the many health conditions aging adults with Parkinson’s are susceptible to.

Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality in-home senior care. Phoenix families trust in Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably.

Here are five Easter-themed activities that are perfect for seniors with Parkinson’s.

1. Easter Memory Game

The Alzheimer’s Association reports that 50 to 80 percent of people with Parkinson’s disease develop dementia. Brain exercises help strengthen recall, and friends and family can join in as well. Here is a fun game your loved one may enjoy playing.

Assemble 10 small Easter-themed objects on a tray and cover them with a cloth. Distribute pens and paper to the players. Remove the cloth, set a timer for three minutes, and ask the players to memorize the items on the tray. 

When the timer sounds, cover the objects, then set the timer for five minutes while the players write down items they remember. The winner is the individual who accurately recalls the most items. Reward the winner with a prize.

Some examples of objects you can use for this game include a plastic Easter egg, plush chick, plastic carrot, chocolate bunny, cross necklace, perfume bottle, plastic flower, miniature basket, seed packet, and a small Bible.

2. Coloring Eggs with Natural Dyes

This activity enhances motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and it’s fun when using homemade dyes. Here are a few easy recipes you and your loved one can make together:

  • Orange – Remove the skin from six yellow onions and simmer in two cups of water for 20 minutes. Strain the dye, and add three teaspoons of white vinegar.
  • Red – Stir two tablespoons of paprika into one cup of boiled water. Add two teaspoons of white vinegar.
  • Yellow – Mix two tablespoons of turmeric spice with one cup of boiled water. Add two teaspoons of white vinegar.
  • Pink – Slice one medium-sized beet into chunks, then add to four cups of boiled water. Stir in two tablespoons of vinegar. After cooling, remove the beets.
  • Lavender – Mix one cup of grape juice with one tablespoon of vinegar.

3. Easter Egg Hunt

This activity benefits your loved one by increasing dexterity and providing light exercise. 

Buy a dozen plastic eggs per child, and ask your loved one to help fill them. You can fill these eggs with items such stickers, erasers, marbles, balls, ink stamps, toy rings, and money. Make sure every child brings an Easter basket for the egg hunt. 

Count all the eggs before hiding them. If the weather is comfortable, help your loved one place the eggs outdoors around your property. Leave eggs in plain sight for young kids, but camouflage them for older children. If unpleasant weather is forecast, set up the hunt indoors. The activity ends when the last egg is discovered.

When planning an Easter egg hunt activity, you may have to take a break from your caregiving duties. If you are the primary caregiver for a senior loved one in Phoenix, respite care is available when you need time away from your important caregiving duties. At Home Care Assistance, our respite caregivers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help your loved one manage everyday tasks in the comfort of home while you have the chance to take a much-needed break.

4. Easter-Themed Charades

This game allows your loved one to perform active range of motion, which tones muscles, loosens stiff joints, and helps stimulate the brain. Some words to add to your charades include basket, bonnet, candy, chick, chocolate, daffodils, dyed eggs, Easter Bunny, Easter eggs, Easter Sunday, egg hunt, hot cross buns, jellybeans, lilies, rabbit, spring, and tulips.

5. Egg Pass Game

This game aids dexterity, motor control, coordination, trunk range of motion, and balance. Invite family and friends, and create two teams. 

For this game, you’ll need two plastic eggs, two bowls, and metal spoons for each player. You’ll also need space leading up to a table. Place the two bowls on the table, and have the teams stand in two lines before the table. Give each player a spoon.

Hand one plastic egg to the last player in each line. The egg is passed from spoon to spoon toward the table. If the egg hits the floor, the team must start over. 

When each person at the head of the line receives the egg, they drop it into the bowl. The first team to reach the target wins a point. Play several rounds. The winning team is the one that accrues the most points.

If your aging loved one is living with Parkinson’s disease, Phoenix Parkinson’s care can benefit him or her in many ways. At Home Care Assistance, our Parkinson’s caregivers are available 24/7 to provide timely medication reminders, assist with mobility, prepare healthy meals, and help with a variety of other tasks that can make it easier for your loved one to age in place safely and comfortably. If you need a professional Parkinson’s caregiver for your aging loved one, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 602.388.1085 today.