With Easter right around the corner, it might be time to start planning some festivities. This holiday is the perfect opportunity for your elderly loved one to spend some quality time with his or her grandchildren. Lancaster senior care experts have a few suggestions for some exciting activities they can do together.
Decorating Boiled Eggs
Both seniors and children love the age-old tradition of decorating hard-boiled eggs. Your loved one and the grandkids can decorate the eggs with stickers, crayons, or markers, or they can also be dipped in food coloring or other types of dyes to achieve unique color combinations.
Going on an Egg Hunt
After the eggs have been decorated, your loved one can hide them either inside or outside and encourage the grandchildren to find them. However, doing so indoors may be easier if your loved one has limited mobility. For a twist on this classic Easter activity, the grandkids can hide the eggs for your loved one to find.
Creating Easter Art
Pages of bunnies, eggs, baskets, and spring-related themes can be printed out for your loved one and the grandchildren to color together. These and other pictures cut out from magazines can then be glued onto pastel-colored paper to create holiday-themed art.
Playing Pin the Tail on the Bunny
This game is a variation on the old favorite known as Pin the Tail on the Donkey. A large holiday rabbit can first be colored and placed on a wall. Your loved one and the grandkids can then take turns trying to pin a large cottontail on the bunny while blindfolded, and the winner can receive a basket full of chocolates or other Easter treats.
Watching Holiday Movies
People of all ages can enjoy watching animated Easter films like 1974’s It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, Here Comes Peter Cottontail from 1971, and the more recent Hop from 2011. If your loved one follows the religious beliefs behind Easter, he or she may want to share some classic religious-themed movies with the grandchildren, such as the 1953 film The Robe with Richard Burton, Ben-Hur from 1959 starring Charlton Heston, and Jesus of Nazareth with Laurence Olivier from 1977.
Spending time with the grandchildren can be a wonderful way to boost your loved one’s emotional wellbeing, but opportunities for socialization shouldn’t be limited to just holidays and special occasions. If your loved one needs regular social stimulation, consider hiring a professional caregiver from Home Care Assistance. We provide a complimentary matching service to find the right caregiver for your loved one based on personality, interests, and many other factors. We also offer specialized Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and Alzheimer’s care Lancaster families trust. For more information on our senior care services, please call one of our friendly Care Managers at (717) 540-4663 today.