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Making Father’s Day One to Remember: Tips for Celebrating from a Distance

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elderly father and adult son together smilingFather’s Day is an opportunity to express gratitude to all the amazing fathers and grandfathers who have helped raise, support and care for us. During a time when we’re forced to create social distance between the ones we love, many older adults are feeling more isolated than ever.

Home Instead Senior Care gerontologist and caregiver advocate, Lakelyn Hogan noted, “These past few months have been particularly difficult for many older adults, especially those who live alone. Feelings of disappointment and nostalgia are perfectly natural as we’re reminded of what’s been lost or changed. But, with a little creativity, we can still find joy this Father’s Day and celebrate your loved ones while staying safe.”

While many of us are unable to celebrate in-person with our families that doesn’t mean we can’t honor the holiday in other special ways.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Time Together While Social Distancing

  1. Fire up the grill for a delicious meal. Your favorite BBQ spot may not be open right now, but a backyard grill session could still be an option to make the day memorable. Deliver all his favorite fixings to his doorstep and share the meal on video or plan a socially distanced get-together. If you’re unable to be together, consider cooking the same meal from your own kitchens over video chat.
  2. Decorate the sidewalk or spruce up his front door. Make a pit stop at your father’s sidewalk or driveway to share heartfelt messages or artwork in chalk. Covering his front door with pictures or notes is another simple way to show appreciation. If dad lives in a long-term care facility, consider bringing decor to the facility, or use window paint to jazz up an outside window.
  3. Take a trip down memory lane. Now is the perfect time to learn more about the ones you love most. Set aside some time to give your father or grandfather a call and ask him questions about his life. You could bond over a shared love of music or reminisce on favorite travels. Get creative and take time to listen to the stories of the most important men in your life.
  4. Shop local for this year’s gift. Local businesses need support from their communities more than ever. Consider a personal token, such as custom sports memorabilia, hand-crafted woodwork or grillware. Or, send over a sweet treat and his favorite local brew.  
  5. Explore the outdoors together (virtually). While you might not be able to board a plane, many national parks are making it easy to enjoy the great outdoors without leaving home. Whether it’s taking a virtual hike together through Bryce Canyon or watching the Old Faithful erupt at Yellowstone, you can celebrate the day using free virtual tours online.

While holidays look a little different this year for families around the world, there are still plenty of ways to get creative and make this June 21 one to remember. For additional tips on enhancing the lives of older adults in your life, visit

Author: Lakelyn Hogan

Lakelyn Hogan is Gerontologist and Caregiver Advocate for Home Instead Senior Care. Lakelyn has been with Home Instead for five years, starting in the local franchise working one-on-one with seniors and caregivers. Now, her role at the Global Headquarters is to educate professionals, families and communities on Home Instead’s services and the issues older adults face. In partnership with the American Society on Aging, Lakelyn facilitates a monthly webinar series for professionals in the aging field. She also hosts monthly family caregiver live chats with Alzheimer’s and dementia experts from across the country.


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