Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with your Senior Loved One

Here are some hands-on activities that will help you and your senior loved one make the most of St. Patrick’s Day!

Saint Patrick’s Day, which takes place on March 17, commemorates the death of Ireland’s patron saint, who is credited with bringing Christianity to the people of Ireland.

It is often said that “everyone is Irish on St. Patty’s Day!” This March 17th doesn’t have to be just another day for seniors in assisted living, as there are some simple ways to make this day special.

Recognize the day!

Get into the spirit by encouraging seniors to wear green clothing and accessories. The staff can join the celebration by doing the same.

Plan on Irish fare for dinner.  While corned beef, cabbage, and boiled potatoes may not be authentic Irish cuisine, it has become an Irish/American tradition.  Use food coloring to turn your ginger ale or beer green!

Plan some Irish-themed crafts.

Here’s one from Martha Stewart that just needs some green card stock, scissors, and bendable drinking straws (or cocktail stirrers).  

To make Shamrock Straw Toppers:

  1. Cut the cardstock into 5-inch squares
  2. Fold each square in half diagonally, creating a triangle, and then fold in half once more to make a smaller triangle. Trim off the outer points to make a curve.
  3. Unfold the paper halfway. Cut a small V in the bottom at the center (this makes a hole in the center of the shamrock.
  4. Unfold the shamrock and crease diagonally, reversing the direction of the fold; repeat to make another diagonal crease. Slide shamrock onto one end of a straw.

Make a wish, and have a sip!

Make a Shamrock Fan using green cardstock and popsicle sticks. You’ll need scissors and glue as well.

  1. Using a heart template, cut four hearts out of the green cardstock.  
  2. Glue them together with all the points of the heart coming together in the center of the shamrock.  
  3. Glue the popsicle stick to the back of the fan.  Use this template and select the size heart you want.

Play some games.

Host a game of Irish Trivia using questions you can find online. Here is just one of many you’ll get with a simple Google search:  

Play St. Patty’s Day Lucky Bingo. Tape the letters L-U-C-K-Y on the top of bingo cards (over the B-I-N-G-0).  Used shall shamrock stamps to mark the numbers or use a green bingo dobber.

Enjoy a lively game of St. Patrick’s Day Pictionary. Write down several Irish-themed clues on small green shamrock-shaped pieces of paper.  Your clues can be symbols of the day, like leprechauns, rainbows, and pots of gold.  Or you can use titles of Irish songs, foods, or places.

You can modify this idea to play charades as well.

Have a sing-along.  
There are so many Irish songs whose lyrics are well-known. Seniors love sing-alongs and if a live instrumentalist isn’t available to lead a group in singing, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” then a compact disk and player will do.

Who loves a parade?

If you can, attend a local St. Patrick’s Day parade. If there isn’t one in your area, watch the parade on television.
However you choose to celebrate St. Patty’s Day, may you be forever blessed:

May the Irish hills caress you.

May her lakes and rivers bless you.

May the luck of the Irish enfold you.

May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

May your neighbors respect you,

Trouble neglect you,

The angels protect you,

And Heaven accept you.

May the road rise to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face.

And rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

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If you have questions regarding these or other concerns for the Aurum Network, contact us or call 978-282-9551. To locate a community within the Aurum Network, use our facility locator tool.

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