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How to Include Mom and Dad in Thanksgiving Preparations

Thanksgiving Preparations

If you are hosting Thanksgiving for your family or have in the past, you know how much work it can be to prepare! It can especially be stressful if you are also a caregiver to a senior loved one. Instead of trying to take it all on by yourself, why not take the opportunity to get your senior parent involved in the preparations? If mom or dad used to host Thanksgiving dinner, they might love the opportunity to get involved again. Here are some ways to do this from our assisted living coordinators at United Methodist Communities Collingswood. We’ll also include some Thanksgiving survival tips for caregivers.

Modify old traditions. We understand that mom or dad may have some limitations these days when it comes to their health and mobility, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be a part of the celebration! Assess what they are capable of and make modifications to the traditions your family follows accordingly. For example, if your senior parent has a little trouble moving around, give them a task to do while they’re sitting comfortably at the table. They could fold the fancy cloth napkins you put out every year, season and breadcrumb the sweet potatoes, or create a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece. 

Create new traditions. Maybe dad used to get the family together every year to play a game of football before Thanksgiving dinner. If he’s not as mobile as he once was, it’s time to think about incorporating some new traditions. To keep it in the sports realm, have your family watch the football game safely in the living room and place some friendly bets on the winning team. Another option is to get everyone excited for the holiday season by initiating a new gift-giving activity. Have your senior parent write down the names of every family member that would like to participate in a “Secret Santa.” Each person will then pick a name and keep it a secret until everyone gets together again during Christmas time to exchange gifts.

Caregiving tips during Thanksgiving

  • Prepare a routine for your senior parent. We all thrive on a schedule, especially older adults who may be a little stuck in their ways. Since your senior parent may feel out of their element on Thanksgiving, it could be beneficial to prepare a schedule ahead of time for them to follow throughout the holiday weekend.
  • Ask for help from your family. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it definitely wasn’t built alone. Since you will most likely be spending this holiday with family, reach out well before Thanksgiving and ask for some assistance with mom or dad.
  • Take extra time for yourself. Breaks are essential to being a good caregiver. When the holiday preparations become too much, step back, reach out for caregiving help from family or an assisted living provider and take that much-needed time for yourself.
  • Prepare a custom meal for them ahead of time. Oftentimes seniors have special dietary needs due to taste changes and problems chewing. To make things easier for them (and yourself) prepare a special meal for them ahead of schedule, so they will enjoy their food during Thanksgiving.

Celebrate Thanksgiving at UMC in Collingswood, NJ

If mom or dad doesn’t feel comfortable leaving assisted living for the holiday weekend, bring Thanksgiving to them! At UMC, we always encourage visitation from family and will have some fun activities planned on-site during this time. Our specialized caregivers are also available around the clock to assist you and your senior parent, ensuring everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday visit.

To find out more about our Thanksgiving activities for seniors in Camden County, please contact us today or visit our website at: https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/

Factors That Lead to Falls for Older Adults

Senior Fall Factors

How many of us have heard a story about a senior who fell down and hurt themselves? Maybe they broke a hip or hit their head. For seniors recovering from a fall, the road back to wellness can be difficult, slow, and sometimes life-altering. 

The good news is that while we are more prone to falls as we age, we are not helpless when it comes to preventing them. The secret to effective fall prevention for seniors is knowing what factors contribute to them falling in the first place. Fall prevention is certainly a focus for professionals working in the assisted living industry, so our assisted living team in Camden County has some advice for families and individuals looking to minimize the risk of a fall.

Fall Prevention for the Elderly – What Causes It?

There are physical, medical, and environmental factors that can increase the risk of falls. Many of these can be monitored and controlled.

Poor balance, strength, and coordination. As we age, it’s normal to lose some of the strength, coordination, and balance we once had. What isn’t normal? Losing the majority of these elements due to inactivity and a completely sedentary lifestyle. Poor balance, strength, and coordination are driving factors that lead to falls that can cause serious damage, especially if you don’t have the strength to recover quickly from a bad fall.

Fortunately, there are things we can do to maintain our current abilities and prevent future falls. Exercise is the number one form of senior fall prevention. We recommend starting with light morning stretches or beginner yoga classes to focus on improving balance and coordination first, before moving on to strength training.

Vision issues. Less light reaches the retinas of our eyes as we grow older, meaning it could be more difficult to see in poorly-lit areas. Older adults may not be able to see and avoid unexpected tripping hazards like pesky wires or a load of laundry waiting to go in. With that being said, it’s important to take precautions to ensure your vision itself is not the reason for another fall. Make sure your prescription glasses or contact lenses are up to date and take a hard look at all the areas in your living space to ensure they are well-lit.

Medication side effects. Many older adults are taking more than one medication on a daily basis. Unfortunately, starting a new prescription or taking multiple medications can sometimes cause unpleasant side effects like dehydration, dizziness, and nausea. What you may not realize is that these side effects could cause another major issue: falling. When you are feeling out of your element, your whole equilibrium is off, leaving you vulnerable to a fall. That’s why keeping track of your medications is so important. If you or a loved one starts to notice any harmful side effects, speak to a doctor immediately. They may be able to prescribe a better alternative.

Unsafe living conditions. While the average home may be safe for most, the case is different for seniors. We’ve touched on this a little bit before, but let us stress once again how important it is to have your living space well-lit and free of clutter. Seniors with vision impairments need to live in a space that has upgraded lighting in problem areas such as the stairs, bathroom, and bedroom – that is also easy to access. Other essential modifications to the home include installing grab bars, ramps, and shower chairs. It’s important to note: if you feel your loved one is no longer safe living alone, even with essential home modifications, now may be the time to look into an assisted living solution that prioritizes safe senior living.

Safe and secure assisted living in Camden County NJ

Making the transition to assisted living can be an adjustment, but when you retire in a great town like Collingswood NJ, our residents find new friends, fun activities, as well as a safe, secure, and comfortable living environment. The assisted living apartments we provide are optimized for safety with grab bars in the bathrooms and 24-hour alert pendants. Not to mention, our associates, caregivers, and medical professionals are on-site 24/7 to ensure each resident’s needs and safety concerns are met at all times.

To find out more about safety precautions and personal assistance for our senior residents in Camden County, please contact us today or visit our website at: https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/

What to Do When a Loved One with Dementia Wanders Off

Dementia Wanders

Wandering off is arguably one of the biggest risk factors and fears when it comes to caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. If your loved one with dementia has wandered off, you need to act immediately. Should your loved one ever go missing, here are some immediate steps to take from our Tapestries Memory Care team in South Jersey.

  1. Search the surrounding area. Those who wander are usually found within a half-mile from where they were seen last. Check inconspicuous and familiar places in and near the home like hall closets, the basement, or the garden. If possible, send other family members into the neighborhood to look for your loved one. Enlisting the help of others will help you cover more ground at a quicker pace.
  2. Call the police. If you cannot find mom or dad within 15-20 minutes, call 911 and file a missing person’s report. It’s important to mention that your loved one is an older adult who has Alzheimer’s disease and memory issues. Police will wait to begin their search for your loved one until 24 hours have passed unless they are made aware of these details regarding their memory impairments. You should also give police identifying characteristics to look out for like their bright red shirt or large sun hat.
  3. Lean on family and friends for support. After your senior parent goes missing, it’s normal to feel distressed, sadness, shock, and guilt, which can cause you to make irrational decisions. With that in mind, contact your closest family and friends to help support you during this time, while following the instructions of the police and other search teams.
  4. Stay put. Have family, friends, and others continue searching while you stay put in one place. Even though your gut instinct will be to get involved with the search, sometimes it’s better to remain at the scene in case your loved one returns on their own. It’s also important to keep your phone lines open so that you can be easily reached by everyone else who is out looking for mom or dad.
  5. Call dementia hotlines. Consider calling in broader resources to help. You can call local Alzheimer’s hotlines in your area or reach out to national ones like the National Silver Alert Program or Safe Return.

Dementia wandering prevention for seniors in Camden County

One of the best ways your loved one can remain safe and avoid wandering away from home is by moving to a secure, professional memory care setting in a senior community. At Collingswood, our Tapestries® memory care neighborhood has a welcoming, dementia-safe apartments where seniors are safe to enjoy their hobbies and have meaningful experiences every day. Our security personnel, as well as Life Enrichment Team Specialists, are on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure your loved one is well taken care of at all times.

If your loved one is showing early signs of dementia and you are having difficulty caring for them, please call 856-369-3092 to find out whether a move to a dedicated memory care apartment is the right option for them, and you. To learn more about Tapestries memory care in Camden County, please contact United Methodist Communities at Collingswood or visit our website at: https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/

Fall Activities for seniors near Collingswood New Jersey

Fall Activities for seniors

It’s officially fall! That means it’s time to indulge in some classic autumn activities like pumpkin picking, scenic drives, and maybe even some winery tours. Spending some time relaxing and exploring South Jersey is a great way to bond with family, so don’t forget to include grandma and grandpa in all the fall fun! If you’re looking for ideas, here are some fall activities that older adults can participate in who live in South Jersey – right from our activities planning team at UMC at Collingswood.

Enjoy fall foliage at a nearby park. If your senior loved one resides at UMC at Collingswood, then you might already know that there are three beautiful parks nearby: Cooper River Park, Knight Park, and Newton Lake Park. All three spots are perfect to enjoy the autumn scenery. Did we mention Newton Lake Park is pet-friendly? So, pack up the whole family, including your furry friend (yes UMC allows pets!), and have a nice, fall picnic. 

Go pumpkin picking. No fall season is complete without a trip to the pumpkin patch. The pumpkin patch at Red Wagon Farm Market is less than an hour away from UMC at Collingswood. So, pick up your senior parent and make a day out of it with the whole family. At Red Wagon, your family can not only pick pumpkins right off the vine, but they can also take advantage of the corn maze, pony rides, and hayrides. After everyone has picked their perfect pumpkin, you can hold a carving or painting contest at home to see who can create the scariest or silliest one!

Tour a nearby winery. William Heritage Winery in Haddonfield is only a 10-15 minute drive from our assisted living community and would make a great day trip for your loved one. Both indoor and outdoor seating (weather permitting) are available, and the winery takes reservations online to ensure your friends and family have a nice table to enjoy your day out.

Bake fall treats. If the weather isn’t cooperating and you’d rather stay cozy at home, pick up mom or dad from UMC for a baking night. Light some fall-scented candles around the house and pick up ingredients for some staple desserts like apple or pumpkin pie. Cooking together is a sure-fire way to bond together since everyone loves a sweet treat!

Senior community life in Camden County NJ

Making the transition to assisted living can be an adjustment for sure, but when you retire in a great town like Collingswood NJ, our residents find new friends, fun activities, as well as a safe and comfortable living environment. Our assisted living residents will also have access to all the fun fall activities the surrounding community offers, through transportation options provided by UMC at Collingswood.

To find out more about community life for seniors in Camden County, please contact us today or visit our website at: https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/

5 Ways to Improve Senior Memory

Senior Memory care

Memory loss is a common complaint among seniors. We can all be a little forgetful sometimes, but it’s important that as we age, we continue to strengthen and challenge our minds. Keeping the mind sharp can be key to preventing serious memory disorders down the road. The good news is there are things seniors can do now to improve memory that isn’t expensive, time-consuming, or difficult to incorporate into their current routines. Our team of memory care specialists in Camden County has compiled a list of 5 things your senior loved one can do now to help improve their memory and strengthen overall cognitive function.

  1. Keep moving! Seniors who engage in regular physical exercise have higher resting blood flow to the brain. This is important because there is a direct connection between increased blood flow to the areas of the brain linked with improved memory. Physical exercise also improves mood by supplying those “feel-good” endorphins to the brain.
  2. Stay away from saturated fats. Eating certain foods that are high in saturated fats, like red meat and fried foods, is directly linked to the high levels of LDL cholesterol that can harm the brain and its memory functions. Incorporating more mono and polyunsaturated fats into the diet by eating foods like fish, vegetables, fruits, and nuts, will increase levels of HDL cholesterol that prevent blood vessels from getting clogged, thus reducing the risk of memory loss.
  3. Get enough sleep. Did you know that sleep actually prompts changes in the brain that “cement” memories in place? Sleep also strengthens the links between brain cells and helps to transfer short-term memories to long-term memories. Getting 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep is enough for most seniors to ensure their new memories stay with them for longer.
  4. Socialize more. Time and time again, research has shown how important it is for seniors to maintain their social bonds. Spending time with family and friends and attending social events can not only help improve mental functions but also strengthen and preserve communication skills.
  5. Challenge the brain. Speaking of staying social, playing cognitive games with family and friends is a great way to keep the mind sharp. Interactive games like cards, puzzles, or word searches that challenge the brain can keep memory recollection strong and sound. Seniors can also try harnessing a new skill, like learning a new language or practicing a sport that involves hand-eye coordination to help improve muscle memory as well.

Memory support for seniors in Camden County NJ

One of the best ways your loved ones can maximize their cognitive abilities and retain their independence is through accessing professional memory care at a reputable senior community. At Collingswood, Tapestries memory care residents have the opportunity to live in a caring, home-like environment where they are safe to enjoy their hobbies and have meaningful experiences every day. We also have Life Enrichment Team Specialists on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide specialized care for memory care residents, which includes exercises to improve and strengthen cognitive function.

If your loved one is showing early signs of dementia, please call 856-369-3092 to find out how our memory care team can meet the needs of your senior parent. To learn more about Tapestries memory care in Camden County, please contact United Methodist Communities at Collingswood or visit our website at:

https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/

The Key to Staying Independent as You Age

The Key to Staying Independent as You Age

Staying independent is a common theme among seniors. However, the definition of “staying independent” can vary from person to person. For some seniors, it’s about freedom and the ability to choose how they spend their time. For others, it’s about dignity and being able to still take care of themselves. Whatever it means to your senior loved one, we’ve compiled three key ways for them to stay independent.

  1. Prioritize physical health. Being physically inactive or physically limited are leading causes of lost independence in seniors. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and exercising regularly are the best ways to prioritize physical health and help keep the body in great working condition. Working out regularly allows muscles and joints to move more freely and stimulates the cardiac system. Exercise can also be used to improve overall balance, prevent falls, and build strength – all of which have great health benefits for older adults.
  2. Adapt to the times. We live in a world where technology is immediately available at our fingertips, so why shouldn’t your senior loved ones use it to their advantage? There are many ways that technology can help seniors stay independent. One example is for mom or dad to manage their medications through apps and alarm reminders. Technology on their phone can also help them stay connected to family and friends, which in turn helps improve their emotional health. Not to mention, new technology offers many tools to keep the mind sharp. Learning new things helps prevent cognitive decline and can help seniors stay independent by creating a well-rounded sense of self. 
  3. Change your lifestyle. Taking a close look at your loved one’s current lifestyle and identifying what they can change to gain more freedom is another way for them to remain independent. If responsibilities like taking care of the garden or cleaning the house are keeping them from living the life they deserve, a lifestyle change may be just what the doctor ordered. Downsizing and moving to a senior living community would let them live in an environment where assistance is available when needed, giving them the time and opportunity to focus on the activities, hobbies, and other areas where they really want to devote their time and energy.

Independent seniors in Camden County NJ

At our assisted living community in Collingswood, seniors are free to choose the lifestyle that makes the most sense for them. We have many activities and events scheduled throughout each month that all residents are welcome to join. Activities include group meditation, dance classes, movie nights, and much more. Not to mention, our trusty associates are on-site and available 24/7 to assist if necessary and ensure the safety of all activities.

To find out more about assisted living for seniors in Camden County NJ, please contact us today or visit our website at:

https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/

Don’t Feel Guilty, You’re Doing the Right Thing

assisted living nj

You’ve just made one of the hardest decisions of your life regarding your parent’s care. Moving a loved one into assisted living is not easy for anyone involved. Change is hard: hard for caregivers and children, and definitely hard for seniors who may be giving up a home they’ve lived in most of their life. Many families will feel guilty about this decision, but when caregiving becomes unsafe or too difficult it’s absolutely necessary to move mom or dad into an environment that will address all of their care needs and security while affording them a meaningful quality of life. Although this guilty feeling is normal, our team of assisted living associates in Camden County is here to remind you of three major reasons why you’re doing the right thing for your loved one, as well as yourself. 

1. Moving your loved one into assisted living doesn’t mean you abandoned them or failed. The main source of guilt comes from the “what if” type of questions you plague yourself with. What if I tried this treatment with Mom, could that have prolonged her independence at home? Did I give up too quickly on caring for her? Am I selfish? These questions are both unfair and untrue. You did not fail as a caregiver or abandon your loved one by asking for help. Part of being a good caregiver is realizing when the situation has escalated beyond your control. It is also fair to acknowledge that you have a right to your own life and an obligation to your own children that may be suffering. Relinquishing control and putting your loved one in the hands of an experienced care team is the smartest way to keep them safe and give you peace of mind while giving them the level of care they deserve. You could also choose an assisted living community that is close to where you live so you can still see your loved one often and ensure everyone caring for mom is on the same page with treatments.

2. Moving your loved one into assisted living prioritizes their health and safety. An assisted living community that offers rehabilitation, skilled nursing and memory care is well equipped to handle a wide range of senior health conditions. If your parent is showing signs of Alzheimer’s or they have serious mobility issues, living home alone could quickly become dangerous. A change in their living situation is necessary if they require 24-hour health and safety monitoring and a higher level of care. You definitely should not feel guilty about this because 24-hour monitoring and care is impossible for just one person to take on. At an assisted living community, there is a fully staffed team of professionals available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to care for your loved one. 

3. Moving your loved one into assisted living prioritizes your own health. This change in your loved one’s living situation prioritizes your health as much as theirs. Being a full-time caregiver takes a mental and physical toll, especially if you don’t have help. As we mentioned earlier, it’s completely normal to second guess ourselves and feels guilty. However, you have to keep reminding yourself that every family’s situation is different, so it’s not fair to compare your situation to someone else’s. It’s also worth mentioning that the people around you who don’t help or don’t fully understand the situation are not qualified in the slightest to make judgments about this move. They say “ignorance is bliss,” so let the negative comments go in one ear and out the other. 

Assisted living for seniors in Camden County NJ

At our assisted living community in Collingswood, associates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to care for our senior residents. Whether they need help with daily tasks like dressing or meal preparation or need someone to listen to their concerns about transitioning to assisted living – our compassionate associates are here and ready to provide the level of care your loved one truly deserves. 

To find out more about assisted living for seniors in Camden County NJ, please contact us today or visit our website at: https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/

Senior Safety Tips: Stay Out of The Heat!

Heat Safety During The Summer

Although we’re nearing the end of summer, 90 degree days are not yet behind us! Heat waves are still very possible and can be dangerous to anyone, especially older adults. Now this isn’t to say seniors should stay inside for the rest of summer! Seniors can safely enjoy outdoor summer activities like going to the beach or a family BBQ, as long as they take the proper safety precautions in the heat.

With that said, here are some summer heat safety tips for seniors from our assisted living team in Camden County, NJ.

Protect your skin with SPF and shade when possible

It only makes sense to start off with the most obvious and effective ways to protect seniors from the sun: SPF and shade. Your loved one should apply sunscreen every time they step outside in the summer for a number of reasons. The sun’s rays can cause painful sunburns, sun spots, cancer and pre-cancer, and some of these conditions can lead to chronic health complications. Older adults are especially at risk because their skin is more fragile and susceptible to the sun’s damage. With skin safety in mind, we recommend your senior family member uses a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Aside from wearing sunscreen outdoors, we also recommend finding shady spots to cool down during peak sun hours: 10am-4pm.

Stay hydrated at all times

Another senior safety tip is to always have enough water during the hot, summer weather. Dehydration happens when our bodies lose more fluid than they take in. Seniors are more at risk for dehydration because they have a lower volume of water in their bodies to begin with. Here are some recommendations to avoid dehydration from our team of health professionals:

  • Always carry a water bottle and refill it often throughout the day
  • Avoid caffeinated or sugary drinks like tea, coffee, and soda that dehydrate the body
  • Eat food like fruits and vegetables that have high water content

Wear bug spray when outdoors

This tip may seem less relevant than the others, but trust us – it’s just as important. Seniors are more prone to getting the diseases that bugs carry due to their more fragile immune systems. Heat exhaustion plus a harmful bug bite could mean big trouble. Older adults should make sure that they are properly protecting themselves from bugs by wearing insect repellent and avoiding places where they are more likely to encounter harmful insects. We recommend using a bug repellent that has at least 20% DEET to prevent insects from biting exposed skin. It’s also best practice to let your sunscreen dry completely before applying your bug spray for maximum protection.

Sun safety at our assisted living community in Camden County

Our associates at United Methodist Communities at Collingswood understand how harmful the summer sun can be to seniors who are not properly protected. That’s why they take extra precautions with our assisted living residents during these hot weather months, especially when there are a lot of fun outdoor activities planned! We don’t want anyone to miss out due to something as preventable as sun damage. 

For more information about our assisted living support services in Camden County, call us today or visit our website at: https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/

How to Plan a Staycation for Your Senior Parent

staycation

Everyone looks forward to a summer vacation! As a caregiver, coming up with new ways to have fun while keeping your senior parent safe on vacation could be a challenge. Planning can be tricky, especially if long distance traveling is not an option for mom or dad. However, who says you have to travel far to have a great summer vacation? “Staycations” are just as fun and can be easier to plan and execute. With that said, our assisted living caregivers in Collingswood have put together some great ideas on how you can help plan a “staycation” for your senior loved one.

  • Have a poolside BBQ. Nothing says summer like grilling food by the pool. Have mom or dad come over, along with the rest of the family for a day of summer fun and delicious BBQ food! If you do not have a pool, do not underestimate the power of a blow-up pool. They are cheaper and just as fun as an in-ground or above ground pool, especially for grandkids who are constantly on the run.
  • Take a day trip to the Jersey Shore. If your senior parent is a part of our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ, they are only 1.5 hour away from lively shore towns like Toms River and Long Branch. Pack lunch, towels, beach games, chairs and then pick up your mom or dad for a relaxing day at the shore.
  • “Travel” the world through the art of cooking. If you can’t bring mom to Italy, bring Italy to mom through authentic, home-cooked Italian dishes. Try your hand in some new recipes and ask mom to join in for some quality bonding time. You could even make this a weekly activity if your senior parent is adventurous with their food choices. “Go” to Italy this week, and Greece the next – that’ll make for one exciting summer.
  • Look up local events in the area. There is always something going on in Collingswood, New Jersey! July is a very exciting month because it marks the start of “Movies in Knight Park.” Classic movies like Toy Story, Grease, Finding Nemo and The Empire Strikes Back will be shown on Tuesday and Thursday nights in July. Admission is free, so you and your senior parent will only have to BYOC (bring your own chair). We also recommend bringing snacks like popcorn and candy.
  • Create an oasis at home. When in doubt, create the vacation your senior parent wants in the safety of their own home. If they don’t already have a garden, building one together is a great way to spend a little time outdoors. Or if dad is more of a sightseer and nature expert, place different types of bird feeders throughout the backyard together. You’ll both be surprised to see the number of birds that come to visit!

Summer fun for seniors at Collingswood

At our assisted living community in Collingswood, our associates are constantly brainstorming new ways to enjoy the summer outdoors with our senior residents. Some of the activities we have planned this summer are trips to Scottish Rite Grounds, “Lunch and Relaxation in Knight Park,” and Saturday Night Movies, just to name a few. We understand that the mobility and health of some residents may impact their ability to leave campus, but our associates will do everything in their power to bring the summer fun to them – no matter what! 

To find out more about our summer fun activities for seniors in Camden County NJ, please contact us today or visit our website at: https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/

Independence Day Activities for Seniors

Independence Day Activities for Seniors

It’s almost the Fourth of July, and who says the fun is just for kids? There are many ways to include mom and dad in the Independence Day celebrations safely. Whether they are still living at home or in an assisted living community, they can still enjoy all the fun that comes with this festive summer holiday.

Without further ado, here are some great ways to celebrate Independence Day with seniors from our assisted living team in Camden County, NJ.

  • Host a July 4th BBQ. Nothing says “Fourth of July” like a classic summertime BBQ with close family and friends. Enlist your senior loved one to make a side dish or pick up dessert to feel included in the planning. Also, make sure there are shady spots set up in the backyard for mom or dad. Especially if there is a heat wave coming, you don’t want them to melt like popsicles!
  • Red, white and blue decorations and attire. Who doesn’t like to dress up, especially for a fun holiday like Independence Day? Help your senior loved one shop for a red, white and blue themed outfit for the occasion. Once the attire is set, it’s time for the decorations! You could enlist the grandkids help for this one and have them make homemade decorations with your senior loved one. A perfect opportunity for some quality bonding time with grandma or grandpa.
  • Fireworks near or far. A staple of this American holiday has to be a fireworks show after the sun sets. However, a local fireworks show often draws in large, noisy crowds that may not be so much fun for your senior loved one. If mom or dad isn’t a fan of big crowded events, do some research ahead of time and find a different spot to view the show. Maybe there’s a quiet park or a friend’s house nearby that is a better viewing option for your senior loved one.

Seniors in assisted living for Independence Day

Our associates at United Methodist Communities at Collingswood understand that mobility or health status can prevent some assisted living residents from being able to leave Collingswood to celebrate Independence Day. But that doesn’t mean we can’t bring the July 4th fun to them! Get in touch with our assisted living team and let us know how we can best accommodate 4th of July plans for your senior loved one. Our Collingswood campus has many indoor and outdoor spaces, where families can gather and spend time with their senior loved ones safely on Independence Day.

For more information about our assisted living services in Camden County, call us today or visit our website at: https://collingswood.umcommunities.org/