Labor Day is observed on the first Monday in September. It was established as a national holiday to pay tribute to the contributions of all American workers. After all, this country has only become what it is today through the diligence and hard work of our citizens. Labor Day is a great time to relax, enjoy your time off work, and be around your loved ones. When celebrating this holiday with an aging loved one, make sure the activities are appropriate. Here are some ideas for you and your family to celebrate Labor Day!
1. Do Crafts Together
Not only is crafting an all-inclusive activity for everyone in the family, but it also gives seniors the opportunity to connect with the younger generation. Safe arts and crafts options for Labor Day include:
Decorating cards using water-based red, white, and blue paint
Creating the American Flag with kid-safe glue and festive fabrics
Making fireworks with glitter and adhesive.
Constructing red, white, and blue pinwheels
Of course, don’t let your creativity stop there! You can find countless patriotic craft ideas on Pinterest.
2. Bring Out Family Photos
While it may be embarrassing to share photos exposing outdated fashion, hair, and makeup trends, this activity can bring out happiness and laughter. Taking a moment to reminisce about the past can turn into a valuable learning experience for everyone in the family. Looking over past photos allows seniors to share precious memories with future generations. They can share some of the jobs that they have had over the years and how they’ve contributed to our nation.
3. Host a BBQ
Many families gather together on Labor Day to host a BBQ. The weather is usually still warm, so you can all enjoy the outdoors before it starts getting chilly. Just make sure you have plenty of water and beverages on hand in case it’s a little too warm. At your BBQ, you can set up lawn games or a water feature for family members to enjoy. Or just encourage everyone to chat and share their favorite stories. Decorate the yard with patriotic décor or with the crafts you made! Food, games, fun. Who could ask for more?
4. Gather with Other Seniors
Throw a party or host a gathering for your aging loved one and other seniors. Ask your elderly loved ones if they have any companions or friends they would like to join in on the festivities. Many seniors may not have family nearby and could feel isolated on long holidays. Simply inviting them over is a small action that could mean the world to them.
5. Take a Break from the Heat
In many areas of the country, Labor Day will still be hot. As a result, getting a break from the heat by going swimming, taking a trip to the beach, or visiting the river can be great options for Labor Day. You can also set up a sprinkler or water feature in your backyard if a senior needs to stay close to home. Just make sure your loved one has everything they need to remain safe while outdoors — life jacket, sunscreen, plenty of water, etc.
6. Attend a Family-Friendly Performance
Taking the entire family out to a musical, play, an outdoor movie, or an art gallery can be safe and mind-enhancing for all. Plus, it’s a great way to build new memories together. Be sure to take appropriate safety precautions for your seniors while traveling, such as wearing comfortable footwear, packing medication, and bringing necessary shields against the summer heat.
7. Bake Some Treats
Who doesn't like eating sweets? Baking is another fun activity that allows seniors to bond with their grandchildren. Baking Labor Day themed cookies or applying red, white, and blue frosting to a layered cake is a delicious way to brighten up the holiday. You could also make your own ice cream. Whatever you decide to make, at least you get to enjoy some yummy treats afterward!
8. Watch a Movie
If you don’t want to go out to enjoy Labor Day, then you can always stay in. Have a family movie night and let your aging loved one choose the film. Once you’ve decided on a movie, break out the popcorn, candy, and soda so you’ll feel like you’re at the cinema. If you want to take your movie night up a notch, try setting up a projector outside.
Relaxing may be the most important thing you can do on Labor Day! After all, the holiday was created to acknowledge the hard work that all of us have done, and we all deserve the break from work. Take some time to read a book to your loved one, go on a walk, get facials, or enjoy other relaxing activities together. This can be a great time to decompress from the stressors of everyday life.
At Mitchell Hollingsworth, we can help your loved ones remain healthy, happy, and at home as they age. If they need assistance to enjoy any of these activities, we can help.