Easter Holiday Activities for Seniors and Family Caregivers 2020
Celebrating the Easter holidays is a special time for families. People look forward to spending time with their loved ones, arranging family gatherings and engaging in fun activities. Easter holidays are approaching and although times are difficult due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many are still exploring creative ways to celebrate it this year. After all, we all need some distraction from the news!
Easter 2020 holidays will be different than the previous ones. With physical and social distancing, there won’t be any get-togethers, dinner at grandmas or other plans that require people to come together. Keeping the current restrictions in mind and to help you enjoy the holiday while staying safe at home, we came up with some ideas for to help you celebrate.
Here are some Easter Holiday Activities
Easter-themed arts and crafts from grandkids:
Kids will love this creative activity. Help them complete a creative task like painting Easter eggs or creating a colorful card for their grandparents! If your senior loved ones are in quarantine at the nursing home facility, keep these crafts and show them during the virtual family meeting. For those who have older parents or grandparents living with them, it is extremely important to practice distancing. You can always share what you have created by sending pictures!
Many nursing homes are getting creative to keep families connected during COVID-19. This would be the perfect moment to brighten your senior loved one’s day. Share a handmade token of affection so they feel loved and appreciated.
Prepare a Gift Basket:
Holidays are a great time to show your loved ones you care. Make a gift basket of useful items for your senior loved ones. What are some of the essentials your grandparents need? Are your older parents in need of some new comfy socks or slippers? Get something practical and safe like slip-resistant slippers that will provide not just comfort but safety as well. Include that handmade Easter bunny card or a framed family photo so they can keep it close.
Give Easter-themed Movie Recommendations:
Is your senior in a nursing care facility? Or maybe your older parents are in quarantine in their house? This is the time they can watch some of their all-time favorite movies. Suggest some Easter movies like Easter Parade or anything you have seen and highly recommend. Make a list of some movies or shows they might like and suggest them to your senior loved ones. This way you can stay in touch with them and they will get an opportunity to divert their mind from the news.
Baking and Cooking:
Baking is helping a lot of people get through COVID-19 lockdown. The baking trend has seen a rise in social media as well and for all the right reasons! People have been cooking or baking and connecting with others via Facebook and Instagram. During the Easter holidays, you could try and make Easter-themed cookies, biscuits, or any other dish that you think your loved ones would enjoy having.
Baking is a process that many enjoy and others use it as a coping mechanism to overcome the stress and anxiety surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow your favorite food bloggers on Instagram, get some ideas, take notes and share what you make with the community. Maybe your senior parents would love to share their family recipes that you can try making!
Decorate the House:
Decorating the house is always a great Easter Holiday activity! While decorating the house, give a task to each family member so they can contribute and take part in the festivities. Creating a simple Easter themed decoration will prove to be a fun activity. Ask your senior loved ones to give some ideas so everyone has a chance to enjoy the process. You could place seasonal plants and flowers on the table. Do you have figurines of rabbits or ducks from the previous year? Take them out and decorate different areas of the house to add some holiday spirit!
Hold a Virtual Family Gathering:
Due to the COVID-19 crises, everyone is advised and encouraged to practice mandatory physical distancing. During this difficult time, when seniors, as well as family members, can feel isolated and alone, hold frequent virtual family meetings to overcome the distances. There are so many ways to stay in touch, have conversations and enjoy the Easter celebrations together (but virtually). Zoom is becoming an increasingly popular way to hold meetings. Seniors can stay connected by calling their family members using Facebook Messenger voice and video call, or they can use Whatsapp or Skype.
Here is a full list of apps that can be used for virtual family time:
- Facebook Messenger
Share Pictures from Previous Easter Holidays:
Take out family albums or digitally stored pictures from previous Easter festivities and share them with your family members. Sharing old pictures and talking about pleasant memories is a great conversation starter. Talk about family recipes, anecdotes, and other memories! This would be the perfect time to upload images to your digital frame and gift one to your senior loved so they revisit the good times and look forward to more!
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