Labor Day With Your Seniors
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!
Crafts: 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.
Family Photos: While it may be embarrassing to share photos exposing outdated fashion, hair and makeup trends, this activity can bring out happiness and laughter.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.
Host a Grill Out: Many families gather 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.
Gather with Friends: 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.
Break From The Heat: In many areas of the country, Labor Day will still be hot — make sure whatever you do you take a break from the heat and stay hydrated.
Attend an Event: 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. Your local community may also have celebrations that you can participate in for Labor Day.
Bake Some Treats: Who doesn’t like eating sweets? Baking is another fun activity that allows seniors to bond with their children and grandchildren.
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. If you want to take your movie night up a notch, try setting up a projector outside.
Relax: 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.