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Fun (and Safe!) Senior Activities for July 4th | Comfort Keepers Montclair

Jun 30, 2018 by Comfort Keepers of Montclair and Hasbrouck Heights

While it’s important to think of safety when shooting off fireworks and grilling this 4th, it’s also important to be sure your elderly loved one is safe and comfortable during all of your festivities.

Here are some tips to ensure their wellbeing this holiday:

Be Flexible for Their Needs

It is not in your best interest to set concrete plans for the holiday, as your loved one’s mood or needs can change at a moment’s notice.

For example, did you already discuss going to a public viewing of fireworks or a parade with your senior, and they’re excited to go? That’s wonderful, but also be prepared to back out earlier or have a plan B in mind as when you actually arrive at the event, your loved one may become overwhelmed and over-stimulated. In this case, see if you can view the fireworks from afar, or watch a parade on TV instead of physically being there.

Realize any medical conditions they have may also call for a change of plans, so always leave the house prepared with any medications, mobility aids, and so forth that they may need.

Do a Good Deed Together

Why not give back and pay respect to those who fought for us this 4th, and bring your senior along for the ride?

Organizing a group of friends and family – or even just you and your senior – to go put up small American flags at your local veteran’s cemetery is a low-key, calm activity that helps to honor those who have fought for our country. It will feel good giving back and showing your respect and appreciation for those who truly deserve it. If your senior themselves is a veteran or were married/related to one, they may especially appreciate it.

Make Them Outside-Ready

This holiday is notorious for outdoor activities, so whether you’re attending/hosting a large cookout, seeing some fireworks or going to any fun activities in your town, be sure your loved one is prepared for the weather.

July is one of the hottest months of the year, so if the forecast is sunny, be sure to:

  • Have them wear a hat and sunglasses
  • Help them apply sunscreen on all exposed skin, and reapply ever 1-2 hours
  • Bring an umbrella in case they become too hot
  • Bring water, or even better, a drink with electrolytes to help keep them hydrated and prevent heat emergencies

Or, Bring the Festivities Indoors

For whatever reason, your senior may not be able to partake in outdoor activities, and that is more than okay. Indoor fun is still possible!

Put on an America-themed movie while snacking on some homemade red, white and blue treats, or play patriotic music while making equally patriotic crafts to help them explore their artsy side.

Having grandkids or other relatives do this with them can make it a bonding moment none of you will ever forget.

Whatever your plans are this 4th of July, remember to have fun, stay safe and make the most of this fun day for you and your senior!

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