Fathers are very influential in their children’s lives, and that doesn’t change with age. Even elderly fathers want to feel loved and appreciated on Father’s Day, but age and physical limitations may prevent them from doing some of their favorite things. You can still make Father’s Day a special time for your elderly parent, with some careful planning and an idea for what he really loves.
Here are some ideas for celebrating Father’s Day with your elderly dad who may have physical or cognitive limitations.
Take Him on a Picnic.
If your elderly dad doesn’t get out much, it can be a lot of fun to plan a special trip out. Enlist the help of his home care provider and other family members to plan a picnic in his honor. Choose a nice, shady location and bring along a comfortable camp chair or sturdy patio chair for him to sit in. Even better, invite lots of family members to share in the picnic.
Host a Game Day.
Many seniors love to play the classic board games they grew up with, and it’s even more fun to introduce these games to a new generation. Bring his adult children and grandchildren together for a fun Father’s Day Game Tournament, complete with games, snacks and music.
Prepare a Slide Show.
This takes a little advanced planning, but you can gather old photos and scan them into a slideshow program. Many programs allow the addition of captions, music, and even animation. Your elderly dad will love the walk down memory lane with his own professional-looking slide show.
Match Him Up with a Rescue Pet.
If your elderly dad is a little lonely, even with a home care provider and family members around, it may be time to get a pet for him. Head down to the local animal rescue shelter and adopt an older dog or cat. Your aging father will love the devotion that a loving pet can bring, and you and the home care provider can assist with its care.
Enjoy a Movie Night.
Most seniors have a favorite movie, actor, or actress that they can’t get enough of. You can host a movie night showcasing the ones they love, or focus on a specific genre like westerns, classic horror, or action-adventure. Rent a movie-theater popcorn popper and snow cone machine from a local party store and bring the cinema to the living room.
The most important thing that you can do for your elderly father for Father’s Day is spend quality time together doing something interesting. He now spends most of his time at home with home care providers and others and there may not be much variety. Planning a special Father’s Day event can really let him know how much you care.