By: Family First Editorial Staff
Father’s Day is quickly approaching. Are you stressed about organizing an activity that is conducive to your aging father’s needs? Family First has three helpful tips on organizing a successful Father’s Day celebration.
Tip #1: Brunch at a Local Restaurant
- Choose a local restaurant that is handicap accessible if needed.
- Call ahead and make a reservation.
- Bring Dad an extra sweater to ensure his comfort.
- Play TimeSlips.
TimeSlips is a free website that helps motivate caregivers and seniors to creatively tell stories. The goal is to improve the well-being of the elderly through creative activity. This is a great game to play with your entire family during, your Father's Day celebration. The instructions are simple. Choose an image and ask questions to your Dad about the scene. Dad's response begins the story! Dad's imagination is engaged as he is encouraged to create a fun story. The rest of the family will enjoy this well structured and hilarious activity.
Tip #2: Picnic Lunch at the Local Park
- Choose a shaded local park.
- Dad can rest comfortably on the bench, while the children and grandchildren enjoy playing outside.
- Make sure Dad is wearing a hat, sunscreen and drinks plenty of water.
- Set up an inter-generational art project. You can find some clever ideas at FreeKidscrafts. We especially liked the Father’s Day Frame project. This inexpensive project can be made quickly, will delight the kids and give Dad the opportunity to display his "gifts".
Tip #3: Game Night at Home
- Prepare Dad’s favorite dinner.
- Entertain Dad with a montage. An easy way to prepare a unique and memorable slideshow is by using ProShow.
- End the evening with Dad's favorite game of Rummikub or Poker. Liven up the game with snacks and good music.
Happy Father’s Day
We hope these tips will be helpful in organizing a special day for your Dad and the entire family. Remember, activities should only last a couple of hours and do not plan a long day. Always, leave plenty of time for bathroom breaks and slow walkers. Pack a bag with prescription medications, over the counter medications and a list of emergency contact numbers. If possible, ask your dad's caretaker to join you for the afternoon. Some people have even found it helpful to hire a caretaker for a few hours. By getting help, you are guaranteeing a stress-free celebration.
What are some of your tips for a successful Father’s Day celebration with an aging parent?
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