4 St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Seniors with Dementia

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4 Activities Seniors with Dementia Can Do on St. Patrick’s Day

By Glenn Krakow, 9:00 am on

St. Patrick’s Day is approaching, and one of the most challenging things for seniors with dementia is the inability to do things or celebrate the holiday like they used to.

Aging adults who require assistance with the tasks of daily living can benefit from reliable at-home care. El Dorado County, CA, families trust in Home Care Assistance to provide the high-quality care their elderly loved ones need and deserve. Our caregivers are trained to help seniors prevent and manage serious illnesses and encourage them to make healthier decisions as they age.

The following creative St. Patrick’s Day activities give your senior loved one the chance to have fun and feel like he or she has accomplished something. 

1. Singing Irish Songs

Have fun belting out familiar Irish songs with your loved one. Don’t ask your loved one if he or she remembers the songs. Just begin singing and you’ll be amazed at his or her ability to sing along with you. Some song suggestions for this Irish celebration include “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and “Wild Irish Rose.” Musical activities can help build your loved one’s self-esteem.

2. Playing Shamrock Bingo 

Get your loved one in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit by hosting a themed bingo game. You can find free printable paper holiday cards online. Avoid cards with intricate designs, words, or numbers because they can confuse your loved one. Pick cards with just a few squares and recognizable pictures such as rainbows and a pot of gold. Write the object featured in each square on separate pieces of paper, then fold them and put them in a basket. Seniors can use pens or coins to mark their squares. Ask someone to assist your loved one in case he or she needs help recognizing the objects on the cards as they are called out. A helper or professional caregiver can prevent your loved one from experiencing frustration if he or she is unable to identify an object. After the game, serve everyone green ice cream or cupcakes. Playing an exciting game of holiday-themed bingo can activate your loved one’s brain and enhance his or her hand-eye coordination.

Families who need help taking care of their senior family members can turn to Home Care Assistance. A caregiver in El Dorado County can encourage your loved one to adopt healthier habits and help him or her age in place safely and comfortably.

3. Baking Irish Food

Bond with your loved one by spending time in the kitchen making delicious Irish soda bread on St. Patrick’s Day. This activity can enhance your loved one’s sense of touch and smell. While the bread is in the oven, entertain your loved one by reading a story about the history of Irish bread. Reading to your loved one can stimulate the imagination and help him or her relax.

4. Playing Green Basket Toss

This Irish-themed game can help seniors with dementia get some exercise and get their heart rate up while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Cover a basket with green tissue paper, and purchase or borrow a few fuzzy green balls. Depending on your loved one’s physical abilities, he or she can either try to put the balls into the basket by kicking or throwing them while listening to bagpipe music for the full Irish effect. Your loved one can try this activity either standing up or seated in a chair. Playing this game can also help your loved one manage his or her blood pressure and give his or her arms and legs a workout. 

Aging in place can present a few challenges for seniors living with dementia. However, they can still live independently at home with the help of professional in-home dementia care. El Dorado County, CA, families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide their elderly loved ones with mental and social stimulation, timely medication reminders, assistance with meal prep, and much more. Our caregivers are available around the clock to help your loved one live a happier and healthier life. Call (916) 358-3801 or (530) 409-4411 to schedule a free in-home consultation.