St. Patrick’s Day can be enjoyed at every age, including during the golden years. Seniors can celebrate this holiday by decorating their homes, preparing holiday-themed meals, and engaging in other fun activities. Here are a few St. Patrick’s Day activities older adults should consider.
1. Cook a St. Patrick’s Day Meal
To get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, eating the right food is essential. Your senior loved one can indulge in traditional Irish foods like corned beef and cabbage. Other Irish classics include shepherd’s pie, soda bread, and colcannon. Soda bread pudding and barmbrack are some of the most popular Irish desserts your loved one should try. Anyone hosting St. Patrick’s Day parties shouldn’t forget to end the meal with a traditional Irish coffee. If your loved one is not up for a pub crawl on St. Patrick’s Day, he or she can capture the feeling by indulging in some fine Irish ale.
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2. Make St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
For creative seniors, making St. Patrick’s Day crafts is a fun option to consider. To get into the festive spirit, your loved one can make a shamrock-shaped pin and wear it on a shirt. He or she can also decorate a St. Patrick’s Day hat or create a shamrock wreath to hang on the door. For seniors interested in traditional Irish crafts, there are plenty of Celtic crafts to try, including classic Celtic jewelry with beads and wire. Celtic cross-stitch patterns make beautiful wall hangings.
3. Attend a St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Watching parades is a St. Patrick’s Day staple. If there is a senior-friendly parade occurring nearby, your loved one should bundle up, bring a warm beverage, and watch the festivities. Seniors who want to stay in the comfort of home can catch national parades on the television, grab some St. Patrick’s Day snacks, and enjoy the spectacle from afar.
4. Seek Out Irish Entertainment
For seniors who want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home, there’s more to watch than annual parades. The holiday is the perfect excuse to seek out Irish entertainment. Your loved one can watch a Riverdance performance, listen to Gaelic folk songs like “Whiskey in the Jar” and “Danny Boy,” or enjoy Irish-themed movies such as The Quiet Man, In the Name of the Father, Circle of Friends, and The Secret of Kells.
Some seniors have limited mobility or other health issues that make it difficult for them to get into the holiday spirit. However, older adults can still enjoy a high quality of life with the help of professional in-home care. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Phoenix Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks.
5. Play St. Patrick’s Day Games
If your loved one wants to enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day party, he or she should try Irish-themed games. Try playing a game of Pictionary using St. Patrick’s-themed clue cards. St. Patrick’s bingo is also fun, and it’s easy to find Irish-themed bingo cards. Remember to provide players with green daubers and give out Irish-themed prizes to the winners.
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