5 Amazing Easter Ideas for Seniors with Parkinson's

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5 Exciting Easter Activities for Aging Adults with Parkinson’s

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on April 3, 2017

Due to their physical limitations, many seniors with Parkinson’s disease feel agitated at times. The loss of mobility also makes it difficult for aging adults to enjoy popular holidays such as Easter.

There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to manage if their families opt for professional home care. In Scottsdale, families can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep their loved ones safe and comfortable while aging in place. Here are a few Easter activities your loved one might enjoy.

1. Church Service

Good Friday and Easter Sunday services are usually offered at various times throughout the day. Some seniors enjoy going to church, hearing the sermon, and singing the hymns. This activity can help older adults with Parkinson’s forget about their physical limitations for a while and enjoy meeting and greeting others. 

2. Holiday Crafts

Seniors with Parkinson’s can help prepare Easter-themed treats or decorations. Coloring eggs, making Easter baskets for the children, or creating festive centerpieces are a few holiday activities that can also boost your loved one’s fine motor skills. 

3. Easter Egg Hunt

An Easter egg hunt might enhance a senior’s mood. Your senior loved one may enjoy walking to the community park and watching the kids collect Easter eggs. The activity also gives your loved one a chance to enjoy the outdoors and an opportunity to have fun with friends and neighbors. 

During the advanced stages of Parkinson’s, your loved one might not be able to get out of the house as often as he or she would like. The loss of social connections could make him or her feel lonely and depressed. For families living in Scottsdale, AZ, respite care can be a wonderful solution when their aging loved ones need companionship and socialization a few hours a week or just need minor assistance with daily household tasks. At Home Care Assistance, we thrive on helping seniors maintain their independence while living in the comfort of home.

4. Games with Family

A family gathering on Easter is the perfect time to play games, which can help boost your loved one’s fine motor skills. The games played can be holiday-themed, but it is not necessary. Your loved one might enjoy playing cards and popular board games. The electronic technology available today gives you more gaming options to choose from. For example, some games played on a Wii console can be fun for aging adults. Since controllers typically only require limb movements, this option is a wonderful way for seniors with Parkinson’s to get a little exercise. 

5. Movie Night on Weekend

Many seniors enjoy watching a movie and eating snacks on weekends. There are many holiday-themed movies you and your loved one can enjoy together such as It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, Here Comes Peter Cottontail, The First Easter Rabbit, and Hop.

Aging in place can be challenging when living with Parkinson’s disease. Luckily, seniors can rely on dedicated caregivers who are trained in specialized Parkinson’s care. Scottsdale, AZ, families can benefit from Parkinson’s care as well. If you need a break from caring for your elderly loved one, the caregivers at Home Care Assistance can provide respite for you while helping your loved one manage important everyday tasks. Call us at 480.448.6215 to create a customized Parkinson’s care plan for your aging loved one.