4th of July is a wonderful holiday filled with traditions that people of all ages look forward to.
Whether you are yourself a senior or you are simply a caregiver for an elderly loved one, you can adapt many of your favorite Independence Day celebrations for older adults.
Limit the amount of direct sunlight your senior will be exposed to. The hot 4th of July sun can wear anyone out as well as run the risk of burns.
Many elderly people take medications that don’t react well when mixed with sun exposure either. Provide seating in a shady spot where the temperature is cooler.
Choose to have gatherings in parks with pavilions or set up a party tent if activities are in your backyard.
Seniors can become chilled quicker than others. Don’t forget to bring along a blanket and jacket for evening events like the local fireworks display.
Always have a comfortable seating option on hand as well. This could be as simple as carrying a cushion with you or maybe you’ll need a lawn chair or wheelchair.
Dehydration is always a risk on hot summer days. Bring along your senior’s favorite beverages. Encourage them to drink frequently by joining them for ice cold lemonade. Work regular bathroom breaks into the day to avoid accidents.
Those with Dementia or Alzheimer’s should not be excluded from holiday activities. Instead, let them join in on the fun, but limit their time to reduce the chance of them becoming anxious, agitated, or angry.
Below is a link that lists all fireworks displays for
Denver and surrounding areas
Have a Safe & Happy 4th!