Planning a birthday party for a senior loved one can be difficult, but with proper planning, you can ensure that your loved one has a great birthday. That’s why we’ve laid out a few Do’s and Don’ts of planning parties for seniors to help you get started planning and avoid some of the common pitfalls.
Many seniors feel like they shouldn’t celebrate their birthdays after a certain age, but you should do everything you can to get your loved one to celebrate, as there are many emotional benefits to celebrating your birthday. So let’s jump right into it!
- DO buy healthy foods that your loved one enjoys. If you plan on going out to celebrate, be sure that this isn’t too difficult for your loved one. If your senior has difficulties moving around, consider hiring a catering company for the event. In the past, I have used DeFazio’s Catering, which offers delicious and healthy boxed lunches in Richmond, VA. Also, be aware of any health concerns that your parent may have, like diabetes, as this will likely impact your decision.
- DON’T plan on surprising your parent or grandparent, as this could have some serious unintended consequences. There are many terrible stories online where surprise birthday parties led to the one being celebrated having a heart attack when being surprise, so please let your parent know you’re planning them a party.
- DO invite your parent’s friend that they have known for a long time. At least in my parent’s case, they very rarely get to see their old pals, and really enjoy visiting with them, just about more than anything.
- DO print out old pictures of your senior loved one from “back in the day”. This will likely lead to your loved one and their friends remembering and re-living the great times they’ve had in their life, which I think we all can agree is never a bad thing.
As you can see, planning a birthday party for your elder loved one doesn’t have to be hard. Just think it through and plan accordingly and you’ll likely throw a party that your parent won’t soon forget.