George Burns once said, “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”
whether your family lives near or far, chances are, every once in a
while you probably plan a family reunion or big family party where all
the generations come together, reminisce about old times and make new
This can be a particularly special time for seniors, who
are eager to catch up with loved ones that they haven’t seen in a
while. But, as with every party or event, it is important to keep in
mind a few things to ensure your senior will be safe and comfortable
while they are enjoying the festivities.
If you are planning your family party at an outdoor venue, such as a
park or lake, make sure that it is accessible for your senior. If you
are worried that your senior will have to walk a long distance, consider
renting a wheel chair or a golf cart or asking the facility management
if you can drive a small vehicle to the party site to assist a guest
with mobility issues. Also, check ahead of time to ensure there are
nearby, well-lit and accessible restrooms.
Seniors have a much harder time with heat than younger people, so it is
smart to have an air-conditioned indoor space, or even an
air-conditioned car, to which they can retreat in the heat. It is a good
idea to encourage them to dress in light, loose layers, wear plenty of
sunblock and a sun hat with a wide-brim, and drink lots of water.
Summer party food is the best food but the high fat, cholesterol and
salt that come along with things like fried chicken, barbecue and chips
can make the picnic table a landmine for seniors on a restricted diet.
Try to include fresh fruits and veggies when you’re menu planning and
consider offering a healthy alternative to the main course, such as
grilled chicken or fish, or veggie dogs.
Even though most seniors are thrilled to see the whole family all
together, large crowds can be a bit overwhelming, especially when
seniors aren’t used to them, have hearing issues, or are easily
confused. Try to find a place a bit off to the side where your senior
can settle and let people come to them in groups of one or two. This
way, they’ll have a chance to spend some one-on-one time with everyone
while staying out of the fray.
For more information about the care
and well-being of seniors, please contact Home Instead Senior Care of
Central Oregon at 541-330-6400.
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